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The BBC today announced that BBC One will air Remembrance programming including the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance 2019 and The Cenotaph. 

BBC One will also broadcast a special one-off documentary, Gary Lineker: My Grandad’s War, where the presenter retraces the steps of his late grandfather Stanley Abbs during World War Two. 

To mark the Two Minute Silence CBeebies and CBBC will simulcast Poppies, an evocative, dialogue-free animation set to a score by Steve Price and recorded by the BBC Philharmonic. 

Tony Hall, Director General, BBC, said: “Remembrance is an important annual event in the BBC calendar. In the 75th anniversary year of D Day, those who made the ultimate sacrifice will be specially recognised in the annual Festival of Remembrance, broadcast on BBC TV and radio. On BBC One, Gary Lineker will provide a moving insight to the experiences of his late granddad in an often overlooked chapter of World War Two, which should not be issed.” 

Gary Lineker said: “I am honoured that this very personal documentary will be played out during such a significant and poignant week. I hope the film will shine a light on the bravery of my grandad and all those thousands of other real heroes that fought during the Italian campaign.” 

25 October 2019

Paul O’Grady

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Paul O'Grady is set to pilot a new Saturday night show. 

The entertainer is working on his own comedy entertainment show, 'Paul O'Grady's Saturday Night Line-Up', which see celebrity guests tackle "intriguing questions" and "dilemmas".

The producers said: "Paul O'Grady's 'Saturday Night Line-Up' is a pilot for a brand new comedy entertainment show in which Paul's fantastic line-up of celebrity guests are presented with a number of intriguing questions, scenarios and dilemmas."

The pilot will be filmed in front of an audience at BBC Elstree on 30 October and will give members of the public the chance to interact with famous faces.

It will be the first time that O’Grady has fronted a comedy show in a number of years.

The 64-year-old Liverpudlian launched his career as drag act Lily Savage in the 1980s, appearing on Blankety Blank as the alter ego, before going on to host shows such as Paul O Grady's Little Heroes and the Channel 5 revival of Blind Date.

25 October 2019 


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