Cilla Black and Paul O’Grady to star in new BBC sitcom, Led Astray! #Woohoo!

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There aren’t many things can raise a smile on a wet Wednesday in Widnes – or indeed, Derbyshire, which is where I am currently located – but hearing that Scouse leg ends Cilla Black and Paul O’Grady are to star together in a sitcom is, for me at any rate, one of the things that can…

The iconic entertainers have teamed up for Led Astray, a sitcom that’s destined for the BBC and which was penned by other telly legends Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, who formerly brought us gentle comedies Birds of a Feather and Goodnight Sweetheart among a host of others.

Here’s what Cillablack.com has to say of the show…

For the plot Cilla’s character Tanya discovers she has a long lost half-brother Arthur (Paul O’Grady) who is currently serving time in HM Prison Wymott. Upon his release, Arthur stays with his newly found half-sister Tanya. Prepare for a lorra, lorra laughs as the story between the siblings unfolds!

paul o'grady, cilla black 3The pilot episode of the show – which is to be filmed before a live studio audience on the 31 October the BBC’s Elstree Studios – is expected to air early next year.

Though both Cilla and Paul are arguably best known for their presenting skills, they’re from the old school of entertainment where general all-rounders were born. In the seventies, Cilla starred in, and won critical acclaim for, one of six half-hour situation comedy plays, and she later went on to star in Cilla’s World of Comedy.

Paul has of course recently filmed a role in Holby City – in which he played a patient dying of cancer – and regularly appears in panto as well as hosting a variety of chat shows. And his ITV show For the Love of Dogs has been a huge hit with viewers.

Here’s a reminder of Cilla and Paul performing together on his chat show…

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