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Paul O'Grady's radio show to go on air this weekend

Paul O'Grady's Radio 2 show will continue as planned this weekend as the programme was recorded in advanced, a spokeswoman said.

Paul O'Grady is to undergo surgery following an angina attack. Credit: Press Assocation

The presenter is due to undergo surgery today following an angina attack.

O'Grady has hosted a weekly two-hour show for Radio 2 since April 2009.

A station spokeswoman said: "Paul pre-recorded this Sunday's programme last weekend and he has asked us to go ahead with this week's pre-record."

What is an angina attack?

Television personality Paul O'Grady is to undergo surgery today following an angina attack.

What is angina?

  • Angina is chest pain that occurs when the blood supply to the muscles of the heart is restricted
  • It usually happens because the arteries supplying the heart become hardened and narrowed
  • The pain and discomfort of angina feels like a dull, heavy or tight pain in the chest that can sometimes spread to the left arm, neck, jaw or back
  • The pain is usually triggered by physical activity or stress and typically only lasts for a few minutes. This is often referred to as an angina attack


Colleagues wish O'Grady well ahead of surgery today

Paul O'Grady's ITV early evening chat show was instead hosted by singer Michael Ball yesterday.

Presenter Stephen Mulhern said he had been brought in to front today's show, tweeting:

TV stars took to Twitter to wish O'Grady their best.

Phillip Schofield said:

Paul O'Grady faces heart surgery after angina attack

O'Grady has previously suffered two heart attacks. Credit: PA

Television presenter Paul O'Grady is in hospital after suffering an angina attack, a friend has said.

The 58-year-old comedian, who has had two heart attacks previously, told radio DJ Pete Price he was undergoing surgery today.

In a text message sent to Mr Price yesterday, he said: "I have had an angina attack and I will need a few days' rest.

"I am going to be out of the game for quite a while, and am going in for surgery tomorrow."

Mr Price told the Liverpool Echo that O'Grady had been overworking.

"When I saw he wasn't on TV I texted to ask what had happened and he told me about it. He is a total workaholic, and I have told him he needs to take things easy," he said.

Paul O'Grady to return to teatime chat on ITV

Paul O'Grady on stage at the Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye, Powys. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Presenter Paul O'Grady is to return to teatime chat on ITV after more than seven years.

The comic has signed up for 25 shows initially to be screened later this year.

He had a similar slot for two years but quit in 2006, heading off to Channel 4 for a rival teatime show which he hosted for a further three years.O'Grady, 57, returned to ITV in 2010 and went on to present a Friday night programme for two series.

He won a National TV Award earlier this year for his programme For The Love of Dogs, with a second series starting soon.

His new hour-long studio based teatime show will air five nights a week with uests and music.

He said: "I can't wait to get back in the studio, it seems ages since I was sat behind that desk at teatime.

"I've missed all the fun and craziness of the show - and who knows, I might even get out my old organ?"

The programme will be made by O'Grady's own firm Olga Productions, named after one of his pet dogs.

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