The hour-long documentary will "provide an intimate portrayal of how Des went from Butlins Redcoat to become the ultimate entertainer".
Born in Stepney, East London, on 12th January 1932, he died in hospital on Saturday 14th November following a fall at his home in Buckinghamshire.
Producers explain: "This will be a tribute to the longest-serving prime-time TV host of all time, who topped theatre bills globally, including more than a thousand solo appearances at the London Palladium. And despite much mockery from Morecambe & Wise, he released 36 chart-topping albums."
Made by ITN, production on the programme began earlier in 2020 when O'Connor, aged 88, decided to retire from regular work.
Singer, talk show host, comedian and legendary entertainer, Des O'Connor has been a mainstay of the light entertainment industry since he first made his way onto television screens in the 1950s. Acclaimed for his work on both stage and television, his successful black and white 1960s variety series - The Des O'Connor Show - was so popular that his first colour series in 1970 garnered him a massive international following, being shown all over the world and transmitted prime-time in America.
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