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Paul O'Grady under investigation by Ofcom for inhaling helium on ITV teatime show

Ofcom is investigating The Paul O'Grady Show after the host inhaled helium live on air.

The broadcasting watchdog will determine whether it was dangerous for the presenter to inhale the gas on the pre-watershed ITV show.

Helium is often inhaled as a party piece, but can prove dangerous as it cuts off oxygen to the body and can even cause gas bubbles in the blood in extreme cases.

An Ofcom spokesman said: "Ofcom has opened an investigation into whether it was harmful for the presenter to demonstrate inhaling helium gas during this live pre-watershed show."

O'Grady recently promised that we won't be seeing him on Strictly Come Dancing any time soon, claiming that he'd 'smash Craig Revel Horwood's face in'.

Meanwhile, Ofcom has also announced that it is looking into Nigel Farage's recent appearance on Good Morning Britain, following claims the programme breached impartiality rules by failing to
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12 forgotten hosts of the biggest TV shows from Brian Dunkleman to Daisy Donovan

American Idol was announced to be coming to an end after 15 seasons yesterday (May 12), but did you know that Ryan Seacrest used to have a co-host?

Brian Dunkleman hosted the Fox competition's first season alongside Ryan Seacrest, before the latter took sole control. History has not been kind to poor old Brian since, with Fox TV CEO Dana Walden joking about a possible reunion for the pair.

"Where is Brian Dunkleman? If you give me his number, I will call and invite him," she joked, though Dunkleman gave as good as he got last night:

I knew American Idol would never last without me #Cancelled

— brian dunkleman (@briandunkleman) May 11, 2015

To honour Dunkleman, we have collected a few hosts of massive shows that you may have cruelly forgotten, starting with the man himself.

1. Brian Dunkleman (American Idol)

The comedian co-hosted the Fox series with Ryan Seacrest for its first season, which
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Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Happy Valley make TV Choice Awards shortlist

Sherlock and Downton Abbey have been nominated for this year's TV Choice Awards.

The shows both made the shortlist for Best Drama Series alongside Call the Midwife and Waterloo Road.

Downton Abbey picked up two acting nods, with Allen Leech nominated for Best Actor and Joanne Froggatt for Best Actress.

Leech will be competing with Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as David Tennant (The Escape Artist) and Bradley Walsh (Law & Order: UK).

Also up for Best Actress are Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley), Laurie Brett (Waterloo Road) and Judy Parfitt (Call the Midwife).

Happy Valley was recognised in Best New Drama with The Crimson Field, The Musketeers and The Widower.

Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory are up for Best International Show, while Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway will battle Celebrity Juice and Gogglebox for Best Entertainment Show.

Best Talent Show is between Britain's Got Talent, The Great British Bake Off,
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Alan Titchmarsh hits back at Paul O'Grady's copy-cat claims

Alan Titchmarsh has shrugged off claims he copied Paul O'Grady's talk show ideas. The 58-year-old comedian lashed out at the TV gardener recently stating that he and his team snatched 'The Paul O'Grady Show's structure, but Alan has since hit back, insisting the comments made him ''smile''. Alan told The Sun newspaper: ''I don't know where that came from but it made me smile. ''How a show is structured is entirely down to the producers, I just go on and do my job. Good luck to him. ''I don't bear him any animosity, but I don't know why he got so hot
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Paul O'Grady returning to chat show tonight after health scare

Paul O'Grady will return to his ITV chat show this evening, ITV has confirmed.

The presenter and comedian will return to work precisely a week after he was admitted to hospital following a reported angina attack.

O'Grady's agent confirmed that he had been discharged from hospital last Wednesday (November 20).

"[Paul] has undergone routine tests which have shown all is fine," his spokesperson announced. "He will be going home tomorrow to rest for a few days before returning to work."

O'Grady has thanked well-wishers and hospital staff for their support, saying: "I am feeling much better - I would like to thank all the nursing staff for their kindness and everyone who has texted or phoned in wishing me well."

Michael Ball and Stephen Mulhern have both stepped in to host The Paul O'Grady Show on ITV this week.

He will be joined on tonight's edition of the show by guests Jls,
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Paul O'Grady awaiting heart surgery

Paul O'Grady has been rushed to hospital after a heart scare. The 58-year-old comedian, who has survived two heart attacks, was awaiting surgery on Monday night (18.11.13) after experiencing chest pain caused by angina, a condition where blood supply to the muscles of the heart is restricted. He had to be replaced as a host on his flagship ITV programme, 'The Paul O'Grady Show', at the last minute by singer Michael Ball, who was originally a supposed to be a guest. According to the MailOnline, Paul wrote in a text message to a friend: ''I've had an angina attack and need a few
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Paul O'Grady accuses Alan Titchmarsh of stealing show ideas

Paul O'Grady has accused Alan Titchmarsh of stealing ideas for his show.

The chat show host jokingly warned his rival to steer clear of him if they other bump into each other.

O'Grady told Alan Carr: "If our paths cross in the corridor he will rue the day.

"When he first started doing it, it was our set. Even our hideous topiary, which I hated, was nicked.

"And everything we did, they did a week later. I am not one to cross if I have a grudge."

He added: "I am looking forward to dealing with the gardener and it won't be bulbs I am planting, I can assure you."

Paul O'Grady returns to ITV for a new series of The Paul O'Grady Show on Monday, November 11. It is his fourth series on ITV, and 12th overall, having migrated to Channel 4 between 2006 and 2009.

The Alan Titchmarsh Show has
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'Pointless' overtakes 'The Chase' in first week of 2013

'Pointless' overtakes 'The Chase' in first week of 2013
Pointless has beaten rival show The Chase for the first time since October last year. Last Friday's edition of the BBC One quiz game averaged 3.71m and a 21.7% share between 5.15pm and 6pm, while The Chase had 3.56m (21.9%) across the hour, adding 300,000 on +1. This is the latest twist in a ratings battle that has seen The Chase comfortably win in recent months, with the Bradley Walsh show becoming ITV's biggest teatime hit since The Paul O'Grady Show. Despite a modest 9pm audience of 2.81m (11.5%) for a Benidorm repeat, ITV managed to pip BBC One in primetime, which could only find 3.73m (15.4%) and 2.76m (12.3%) for new series of Room 101 and Live at the Apollo. Meanwhile, BBC Two's second showing of Emily Blunt one-off drama The Young Victoria pulled in 1.92m (8.5%) between 8.50pm (more)
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Len Goodman: Dani and Vincent had easy dance

Paul O'Grady feels ''pressure'' to attract A-list stars to his chat show. The 57-year-old TV presenter is returning to host 'The Paul O'Grady Show' next year after a three-year break from the programme - which first launched on daytime ITV in 2004 and then moved to Channel 4 in 2006 - and admits he feels the need to get big-name stars on the teatime show to impress expectant viewers. He said: ''On prime time you have pressure to have A-listers. Anyone with an American accent is classed as an A-lister. ''The big American stars have a PR telling you what to ask
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'The Kennedys' delights 2.6m on BBC Two

'The Kennedys' delights 2.6m on BBC Two
The terrestrial premiere of controversial Us drama The Kennedys captivated 2.6 million viewers on Friday evening, according to overnight audience data. A double bill of The Kennedys, starring Katie Holmes, Greg Kinnear and Tom Wilkinson, averaged 2.47m (11.1%) for BBC Two from 9pm and 2.21m (10.8%) from 9.45pm. The episodes also had 171k (0.8%) and 152k (0.7%) on the BBC HD channel. On BBC One, A Question of Sport grabbed 2.74m (11.7%) from 8.30pm. My Family and Miranda amused 4.09m (18.2%) and 3.51m (16.1%) in the 9pm hour, outperforming The Paul O'Grady Show's 3.38m (15.2%) on ITV1 and 176k (1%) on +1. Earlier, Love Thy Garden enchanted 3.17m (14%) on ITV1 from 8pm and 152k (0.7%) on timeshift, while Gardeners' World mustered just 2.1m (9.1%) on BBC Two in the 8pm hour. Channel 4's Come (more)
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Lady GaGa 'Paul O'Grady' interview: Behind the scenes

Lady GaGa 'Paul O'Grady' interview: Behind the scenes
Paul O'Grady left a good impression on Lady GaGa when they met two years ago on his Channel 4 tea-time show. So good in fact, that O'Grady has invited the pop superstar to appear on his ITV1 show. Not only that - but it's a Paul O'Grady: Lady GaGa Special! With plenty of chat, four incredible performances and a very excited audience full of little monsters, Digital Spy was on hand to get all the gossip, as GaGa flew into London to record the show last Friday. > Lady GaGa on 'The Paul O'Grady Show': In Pictures The build-up:

Being in a studio with some of the biggest Lady GaGa fans is quite an experience. A group of the most ardent little monsters had decided to camp outside of the ITV building for two days - and that was only with standby tickets, not even guaranteeing them entry.
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Lady GaGa 'Paul O'Grady' special: Behind the scenes

Lady GaGa 'Paul O'Grady' special: Behind the scenes
Paul O'Grady left a good impression on Lady GaGa when they met two years ago on his Channel 4 tea-time show. So good in fact, that O'Grady has invited the pop superstar to appear on his ITV1 show. Not only that - but it's a Paul O'Grady: Lady GaGa Special! With plenty of chat, four incredible performances and a very excited audience full of little monsters, Digital Spy were on hand to get all the gossip, as GaGa flew into London to record the show last Friday. > Lady GaGa on 'The Paul O'Grady Show': In Pictures The build-up:

Being in a studio with some of the biggest Lady GaGa fans is quite an experience. A group of the most ardent Little Monsters had decided to camp outside of the ITV building for two days - and that was only with standby tickets, not even guaranteeing them entry.
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Fern: chatting for Britton

Fern Britton's new Channel 4 daytime show is a bit of a mishmash but there were some thrillingly unhinged moments

Channel Four's five o'clock weekday slot has a habit of making presenters lovely. Richard and Judy's era of loveliness ended precisely when they gave up their show. Paul O'Grady transformed from a foul-mouthed professional transvestite to a lovely old housewives' favourite as soon as he gained the slot. So, naturally, fears were high before yesterday's debut of Fern, Fern Britton's new five o'clock magazine show. Given that she is quite lovely anyway, there was a real danger that the show would transform her into some sort of terrifying loveliness supernova that would instantly wipe out all of humanity.

Britton's show has certainly been weaponised for maximum loveliness. The theme-tune is irrepressible and jaunty. The word "Fern" appears in the same font that yoghurt conglomerates use when they
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Cowell wants Dickson for 'X Factor USA'

The UK X Factor announcer Peter Dickson has been approached about voicing the Us version of the reality show, it has been revealed. Dickson, who also works as the voiceover artist for Britain's Got Talent and The Paul O'Grady Show, said that he will soon be meeting with Stateside producers about a potential role on the Fox series. "Simon [Cowell] has said he'd like me to be the voice of the American X Factor," Dickson told The Sun. "I am being flown out to Los Angeles during Oscars week so I can meet the Fox executives to try to sort out a deal." (more)
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'Will & Grace's Jordan to perform in London

'Will & Grace's Jordan to perform in London
Will & Grace star Leslie Jordan is to bring his acclaimed one-man show to London. My Trip Down The Pink Carpet - billed as "part autobiography and part Hollywood tell-all" - will play at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue next February. The Emmy-winning actor, best-known for playing Karen Walker's quick-witted nemesis Beverley Leslie on Will & Grace, announced the news on tonight's episode of The Paul O'Grady Show. During his quarter-century acting career, Jordan has (more)
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Peter Andre sad about 5 O'Clock axe

Peter Andre thinks it's a ''great shame'' 'The 5 O'Clock Show' has been axed. The singer-and-presenter - who was one of the guest hosts on the first and only series of the Channel 4 show - admitted while he is disappointed the chat programme is no more, it couldn't replace 'The Paul O'Grady Show'. He explained: ''Last week, it was announced that 'The 5 O'Clock Show' has been axed after one series. It's a great shame, as I know that all of the guest presenters, including me, had so much fun presenting it. But, truth be told, there is only one Paul O'Grady ..
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Peter Andre plans "big announcement"

Peter Andre plans
Peter Andre has claimed that he will make a "big announcement" about his career in two weeks' time. Writing in his New magazine column, the popstar hinted that his news relates to a forthcoming television project. Andre was recently tipped to host his own Friday night chatshow on Channel 4, but the network later denied the rumours. He has also been linked to the broadcaster's new teatime programme, which launches in May as a replacement for The Paul O'Grady Show. Responding to the flurry of speculation, Andre (more)
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Celebrity guests to host O'Grady replacement

A series of celebrities will host Channel 4's new teatime programme. The Five O'Clock Show, which replaces The Paul O'Grady Show, will include items on animals, pet clinics and community groups. Vernon Kay and Lenny Henry have both signed up to helm the programme, while former This Morning host Fern Britton will also appear on the show. Peter Andre, who was previously linked to a chatshow on the channel, will have a hosting job on the programme. EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy, Denise Van Outen, Melanie Sykes and Location, (more)
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Vernon Kay 'to sign £900,000 ITV deal'

Vernon Kay has reportedly signed a new deal with ITV. The one-year contract will earn the television presenter £900,000 after he agreed to take a 10% pay cut, The Sun says. The deal is thought to cover another series of Family Fortunes, scheduled to air in the autumn, and Kay's new show The Whole 19 Yards. Although the contract is exclusive, ITV executives have also agreed to let Kay host Channel 4's replacement for The Paul O'Grady Show for two weeks. Kay (more)
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Ant And Dec Nominated For Three National Television Awards

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have been nominated for three National Television Awards including Best Entertainment Program for two programs and Best Entertainment Presenters, which they have won eight years in a row.

The entertainment duo Ant and Dec have two of their shows, "I'm A Celebrity! Get me Out of Here" and "Saturday Night Takeaway", nominated for Best Entertainment Program. They will be up against "The Paul O'Grady Show" and "Michael McIntyre's Comedy Road Show". For the award that they have won eight times in a row, Best Entertainment Presenters, they have competition from Holly Willoughby and once again Michael McIntyre and Paul O'Grady.

There are three Davids nominated for Best Drama Performance, "A Touch Of Frost" star Sir David Jason, "Shameless" actor David Threlfall and Doctor Who star David Tennant, who announced he was leaving his role as the Doctor at the awards in 2008. For Best Talent
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