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ITV to air moving Paul O’Grady documentary on TV star and his alter ego Lily Savage one year after his death from cardiac arrhythmia


ITV are set to air a documentary to mark a year since the death of Paul O’Grady, according to reports.

The programme, titled The Life And Death of Lily Savage, will look at how the star made the choice to kill off his drag alter ego to launch a career in television.

Paul became a household name in the UK after making his debut as Lily in 1978 and going on to host shows including Blankety Blank and Lily Live!

Comedian Paul went on to retire Lily and fronted his own show, The Paul O’Grady Show, from 2004 to 2009 and 2013 to 2015.

According to The Sun, the documentary about Paul will be broadcast next month, close to a year after his death from cardiac arrhythmia.

ITV are set to air a documentary to mark a year since the death of Paul O'Grady, according to reports (pictured in 2019)

ITV are set to air a documentary to mark a year since the death of Paul O’Grady, according to reports (pictured in 2019)

The programme, titled The Life And Death of Lily Savage, will look at how the star made the choice to kill off his drag alter ego to launch a career in television (Lily pictured in 1997)

The programme, titled The Life And Death of Lily Savage, will look at how the star made the choice to kill off his drag alter ego to launch a career in television (Lily pictured in 1997)

MailOnline has contacted ITV and Silver Star Productions for comment. 

It comes after it was announced Alison Hammond will replace the late Paul O’Grady as the host of ITV’s For The Love Of Dogs.

This Morning star Alison will start filming the new six-part series soon, heading to  Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to help the animals in its care look for a new place to live.

Paul became an ambassador for the shelter in 2012 after the success of the award-winning programme, which he hosted for 11 series.

Alison said: ‘I am very aware that I can never replace the iconic Paul in this wonderful series, but if I can continue to shine a light on the brilliant work done at Battersea and help to tell the stories of these beautiful dogs, then it will be an absolute privilege to give it my all.

‘I can’t wait to share the joy of their searches for new, loving, forever homes and hopefully make lots of furry friends of my own along the way.’

Satmohan Panesar, commissioning editor for ITV, said: ‘We are thrilled to be able to confirm that the series will return in the spring and that the dogs have a brand-new champion in Alison Hammond.

‘As Paul O’Grady always said himself, the stars of the show were the dogs themselves, but the impact that he had and the legacy he leaves will never be forgotten by any of us.

Alison Hammond will replace the late Paul O'Grady as the host of ITV's For The Love Of Dogs

Alison Hammond will replace the late Paul O’Grady as the host of ITV’s For The Love Of Dogs

‘We can’t wait to welcome back the series with Alison; there will be all the fun and warmth that our viewers have come to expect whilst continuing to showcase the wonderful and important work done by the incredible team at Battersea.’

Paul was given a special recognition award at the 2018 National Television Awards for the impact For The Love Of Dogs had on helping find homes for rescue animals nationwide.

Battersea chief executive Peter Laurie said: ‘Everyone at Battersea is excited to embark upon a brand-new series of For the Love of Dogs with Alison Hammond.

‘Over the last 12 years, For the Love Of Dogs has shared with viewers the love and expert care Battersea dedicates to all the animals that need our help.

‘Alongside our beloved ambassador, the late, great Paul O’Grady, we’ve enjoyed showing how much joy rescue animals can give, and we’re pleased we can continue to shine a light on the work our charity undertakes every day to improve the lives of dogs and cats.

‘We’re looking forward to welcoming Alison to Battersea and introducing her to the incredible animals in our care as we help them on their journey to finding loving, new homes.’ 

Paul, who died last March, became an ambassador for the shelter in 2012 after the success of the award-winning programme, which he hosted for 11 series

Paul, who died last March, became an ambassador for the shelter in 2012 after the success of the award-winning programme, which he hosted for 11 series 

Alison said: 'I am very aware that I can never replace the iconic Paul but if I can continue to shine a light on the brilliant work done at Battersea then it will be a privilege to give it my all'

Alison said: ‘I am very aware that I can never replace the iconic Paul but if I can continue to shine a light on the brilliant work done at Battersea then it will be a privilege to give it my all’

The home’s head of animal behaviour Ali Taylor recently revealed how Paul was desperate to find homes for every animal he worked with while filming his hit ITV show. 

Ali told The Mirror that the crew could ‘never stop laughing’ when filming scenes – and that Paul would try to take a new dog home with him every episode.  

She added: ‘He’d be trying to steal puppies. Every week he’d fall in love with a new dog and was constantly roping in friends, family, even the crew to re-home animals. 

‘He did so much to highlight the plight of rescue animals. We all miss him terribly.’



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