Paul O’Grady Show

Paul O’Grady‘s Channel 4 chatshow was pure trash. However, it was very enjoyable trash. It was perfect just-finished-work viewing. Overly sentimental, camp and self effacing. It’s exactly the kind of tonic you need after a crap day of work.

However, O’Grady left the show and subsequently, left a big hole in the listings. This has seen something of a TV scrum to land the job of hosting a chat-show around the same time.

Reports suggest that Davina McCall and Vernon Kay are heading up the battle. According to The Mirror, both presenters have been lined up for ‘live auditions’ along with Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp.

Apparently, around ten stars have been approached by bosses to host the show one week at a time. Whoever appeals the most will then go on to become a permanent replacement for O’Grady.

“We have been inundated,” an insider is quoted as saying. “The teatime slot is a real favourite because it means they can be on telly every day but there is less pressure than with a primetime show.

“We plan to have eight to ten presenters for a week each in spring. Then we’ll decide whether to give the gig to one or carry on with rotating names. It’s a bit like staging live auditions.

“People are desperate to get involved – having a chatshow is the Holy Grail for lots of these presenters.”

Some of you may remember that Davina has dipped her toe into the world of chatshow before… which bombed. She is, underneath the gurning, a very likeable human being, so stands a decent chance of landing the gig.

Who would you like to see landing the role?

  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • BBC Three
  • ITV1
  • ITV2
  • 4
  • E4
  • Film4
  • More4
  • Five
  • Fiver
  • Sky1