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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