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He went from the queen of the stage to the king of TV talk shows, and recently paid tribute to his late friend Bob Monkhouse. Now, Paul O’Grady tells GT why Lily Savage is never coming back, why Katie Hopkins will never be on his show, and how he gets by with a little help from his friends...

Why did you want to do your show about Bob Monkhouse?

I’d worked with him quite a bit and was keen to do it – it was like doing something for a friend. I just present and lots of people talk about what it was like to work with him. I did his 70th birthday show for the BBC, his Christmas show, I did his last Lottery show and we presented a BAFTA together. Lily Savage and Bob Monkhouse were an odd couple and that’s how he liked it. He encouraged new comedians.

He was a prolific joke writer – did you write loads of material when you were doing Lily Savage?

I didn’t realise people wrote jokes down like that – he had books full of jokes. I thought it was something you had to be ashamed of and that you were supposed to have it all in your head or ad-lib it. I was at Edinburgh one year and Hattie Hayridge slapped her joke book down next to me. I thought ‘She’s bold’ and I took mine out. It was a revelation that everyone did it.

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