Paul O'Grady's Saturday Night Line-Up series coming to ITV

Thursday 15th April 2021, 9:02am by Jay Richardson

  • ITV has ordered comedy entertainment series Paul O'Grady's Saturday Night Line-Up
  • The show will see O'Grady asking celebrities a series of "intriguing questions, scenarios and dilemmas"
  • The series order follows a non-broadcast 2019 pilot
Paul O'Grady.

Paul O'Grady is returning to Saturday night primetime television with a new show combining chat show and game show elements.

ITV has given a series order to Paul O'Grady's Saturday Night Line-Up, with six 45-minute episodes to air later this year. The exact broadcast date has yet to be confirmed a spokesperson for the channel told British Comedy Guide.

Although a familiar face on ITV, the commission also marks a return to a comedy entertainment format for O'Grady. His profile has arguably eclipsed that of his erstwhile drag alter-ego Lily Savage, whose vehicles included hosting Blankety Blank.

Saturday Night Line-Up will see O'Grady interrogating celebrities, asking them a series of "intriguing questions, scenarios and dilemmas".

The audience also get to question these unsuspecting guests, as the celebrities are asked to line up in order of "best" to "worst", or "most likely" to "least likely", in a variety of different situations.

Made by O'Grady's production company Olga TV, the series order from Joe Mace, ITV's head of entertainment commissioning, follows a 2019 non-broadcast pilot that featured Emma Bunton and Martin Kemp.

Notwithstanding his hosting role on Channel 5's Blind Date revival between 2017 and 2019, O'Grady has become best known for fronting documentaries. His previous ITV weekend primetime show, the chat show Paul O'Grady Live, ran for two series on Friday nights between 2010 and 2011.

He is currently presenting the ninth series of Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Dogs on the channel, in the course of which he's met Jenny the Rottweiler, an ideal pet for Lily Savage.

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