O'Grady will be presenting in place of his close friend, the late Cilla Black, who died in 2015.
British comedian Paul O’Grady has said that he is “honoured” to have been selected as the host of the revived dating game show ‘Blind Date’ when it returns to screens later this year, in place of the late Cilla Black.
The Saturday night show ran from 1985 to 2003 on ITV, with Cilla Black presenting for 18 years before announcing, live on air, that she intended to step down. Expected to return this summer on Channel 5, the new series will be produced by Graham Norton’s production company and will be filmed in the same London South Bank studio as the original.
Paul O'Grady will be presenting the revived 'Blind Date' on Channel 5
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The American pop star is to portray the late English singer Cilla Black, with whom Warwick had a short-lived rivalry in the '60s.
The movie, titled simply Dionne and based on Warwick’s 2010 autobiography ‘My Life, As I See It’, was unveiled on Friday morning (May 13th) at the French festival by the star herself. Former Destiny’s Child member LeToya Luckett will play the lead role, with Gaga portraying the English singer, whom Warwick described as her “nemesis” in the press conference.
Lady Gaga is to play Cilla Black in a movie about Dionne Warwick's life
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Plus, a few thousand for her devoted housekeeper.
The contents of the late Cilla Black's last will and testament has finally been unveiled to the public, revealing that her £15 million estate has been left to her three sons, with a further sum of money bequested to her housekeeper. The former singer and presenter was one of the most highly paid women in British television in her hey-day.
Cilla Black's will leaves estate to sons
Black's three grown-up sons Robert, 45, Ben, 41, and Jack, 35, are apparently £5 million richer each (though that's before inheritance tax), while the late star's housekeeper Penelope Walker has been gifted with a generous £20,000. Black's assets at the time of her death included a luxurious villa in Estepona, Spain where she died, an ample Buckinghamshire home, a smart London penthouse and a glorious Barbados beach house.
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Robertson impressed Boy George enough to earn a spot on his team in the second round of 'The Voice'.
The great-nephew of the late British entertainer Cilla Black has wowed the judges on the latest series of ‘The Voice’, and has made it through to the second round.
22 year old Tobias Robertson kept success in the family on Saturday night’s episode of ‘The Voice’ as he impressed Boy George enough to turn his chair around with a rendition of Randy Newman’s ‘You’ve Got a Friend’. “You’re a real singer,” the former Culture Club frontman said afterwards, adding Robertson to his team as well.
Fellow judges will.i.am, Paloma Faith and Ricky Wilson all seemed to enjoy the performance, swaying along and clapping their hands.
View - The gravestone of Cilla Black's parents and her freshly dug grave, covered with planks, in Allerton Cemetery at Allerton Cemerery - Liverpool, United Kingdom - Wednesday 19th August 2015
The burglary was believed to have been planned to take place during the late entertainer's funeral next Thursday.
Cilla Black’s home in south of England has been the intended target of a burglary that is believed to have been planned for during her funeral next week. According to her publicist, a hole in the fence surrounding her property in Denham, Buckinghamshire was discovered last week.
Nick Fiveash said in a statement that 24-hour security had been stepped up at the late star’s home after a hole was found in the perimeter fence on Friday (August 14th), just days before Cilla’s funeral is due to be held in the city of Liverpool next Thursday. Nothing has been stolen from the property, but a number of valuables have been removed to another, more secure location as a precaution.
Cilla Black's Buckinghamshire home is believed to have been the intended target of burglars
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Cilla Black fans have spoken out about their love for the entertainer in the only way they know how - by buying the singer’s The Best Of album and catapulting it up to number 14 in the album chart. This is Cilla’s highest charting album in 47 years and her first entry into the Top 20 for 30 years.
Cilla Black's voice is back in the Top 20 after a long wait
Fans also pulled out all the stops to get Anyone Who Has A Heart in the Top 40 singles chart but it narrowly missed out, instead making it into 41st place.
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The pathologist's report details the late presenter's final hours, concluding that a fall led to a rare form of stroke that caused her death.
The results of a post-mortem investigation into the death of Cilla Black at the weekend have been released to the press, revealing that the much-loved presenter most likely died as a result of hitting her head on a wall after falling over backwards on the sun terrace at her Spanish holiday home.
The document stated that the force of the impact left the 72 year old unconscious and caused a rare form of stroke. The report also confirmed that she had been alone at the time of the accident, and that she might possibly have been saved if she had been found earlier.
The inquiry into Cilla Black's death suggests she fell and hit her head
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Hopkins' calling out of celebrity mourners on Twitter upset many, including her former 'Apprentice' boss.
Sir Alan Sugar has told his former protégé Katie Hopkins to “shut up” and called her an idiot, criticising her poorly-timed tweets mocking celebrities who have been mourning the death of Cilla Black over the last 24 hours.
The oft-controversial former ‘Apprentice’ and ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ star Hopkins, now a columnist for The Sun, sparked outrage on Sunday (August 2nd) when she took aim at the amount of tributes that were pouring in for the 72 year old on Twitter. She wrote “If there are any celebrities who haven't yet tweeted their sadness over Cilla, please report to Sincerity Services immediately #rushtogush.”
Sir Alan Sugar slammed former 'Apprentice' contestant Katie Hopkins for her comments over Cilla Black's death
The singer and TV presenter enjoyed a career in showbiz lasting over 50 years.
Tributes are pouring in for British TV star and singer Cilla Black who has died at her Spanish home at the age of 72. The news of the 72 year old’s death was confirmed by her publicist Nick Fiveash, who said in a statement, ’It is with deep sorrow that I confirm today the passing of singer and TV personality Cilla Black. Details of her death will be announced following the coroner's report.’
Cilla Black has died aged 72.
Black was said to have travelled to the city of Marbella in the south of Spain where she owns a property, with one of her three sons a few days ago. When news of the star’s untimely passing broke a local police spokesman confirmed the death and added, ‘We are still awaiting autopsy results but everything at this stage is pointing towards her death being the result of natural causes.’
Cilla Black, Guest and Sandra Howard - Former magazine cover star celebrates the release her fifth novel 'Tell The Girl', with a launch party at Daunts Bookshop, Daunts Bookshop, Marylebone - London, United Kingdom - Monday 7th July 2014
Cilla Black Friday 18th March 2011 at the ITV studios London, England
Cilla Black Friday 21st November 2008 The Emeralds and Ivy Ball for Cancer Research UK, held at Battersea Park London, England
Cilla Black Thursday 6th March 2008 Cilla Black leaving Scotts restaurant holding hands with a mystery man London, England
Date of birth
27th May, 1943
Date of death
1st August, 2015