Paul O'Grady bringing Lily Savage back for final time

Paul O'Grady is to reprise his drag queen alter-ego Lily Savage for one final time next year in a 30-minute drama, which sees her play a prostitute in 1950s Soho

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Paul O'Grady as Lily Savage

Paul O'Grady as Lily Savage

Paul O'Grady is to bring Lily Savage back to TV for the final time.

The 'For the Love of Dogs' presenter will transform into his drag queen alter-ego - who hosted comedy game show 'Blankety Blank' in the late 90s and early 00s - for her swansong next year in a 30-minute drama, which will see her star as a prostitute in 1950s Soho alongside a "well-known actress".

He said: "I've got something in the air for Lily. It will be her swansong. It's a two-hander, it's a little half-hour drama I've written. It's a very well known actress and Lily. All I can say is it's about an old prostitute, played by Lily, and her mate and it's in 1950s Soho.

"I don't think it will be out this year though because I'm so busy. It hasn't been commissioned yet. I've enjoyed writing it though and the pair of us have got together and it's a hoot. It's very rude and very funny and sad as well. So we'll see whoever wants it, wherever it goes."

While the 57-year-old star is unsure which channel will screen the drama, he would like the episode to broadcast on Sky after starring in a 'Little Cracker' short film, 'Paul O'Grady's Little Cracker: Boo! A Ghost Story' - which saw him as an 18 year old terrified of horror film 'The Exorcist' - on the network.

He explained: "Sky are good because they do all the Playhouse bits and I've done a couple of things for them. I did a 'Little Cracker' for them. So you can write it, you can go in and do it and you can have a go at directing, so it's lovely because you learn all aspects of it."

But Paul insists Lily's final fling won't be in 3D because he can't stand wearing two pairs of glasses.

He added to BANG Showbiz: "3D filming is a waste of bloody time. It's going to be scrapped anyway. I don't really see the difference and if you wear specs you have to put on another pair of specs so you're like the elephant man.

"I went to see 'Alice and Wonderland' in New York and I came out with a blinding headache. The woman behind me said the same and then somebody said, 'I'm in agony.' I swear to god it's sitting there with all these glasses on just to see a butterfly go by."

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