Paul O'Grady filmed 'final scenes ever' for a show he 'wasn't a fan of'

The last scenes Paul O’Grady filmed before his death have been revealed, but it’s for a show he wasn’t even a fan of.

The legendary comedian, also known for his drag queen persona Lily Savage, died ‘unexpectedly but peacefully’ on March 28 aged 67, with his partner Andre Portasio saying: ‘He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.’

Fans of the LGBT+ activist and animal lover, as well as celebrities across the globe have been paying tribute to O’Grady over the past month, with broadcasters airing past TV appearances and interviews of the beloved comedian resurfacing.

The new series of Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs, series 11, has begun to air posthumously, but one final TV appearance is also yet to be shown.

According to O’Grady’s producer Malcolm Prince, his manager has announced that a ‘brief clip’ will be shown during Eurovision next week.

In a since-deleted Tweet, Prince wrote: ‘From Joan (Paul’s manager): “There will be a brief clip of Paul in the opening titles of the Eurovision programme at 8pm on Tues 9th May on BBC One…

“Paul wasn’t a fan of Eurovision as I’m sure you all know, but it turned out to be the last bit of filming he did.”‘

Replying to comments from fans, Prince added: ‘He was never a fan of it, bless him.’

He elsewhere confirmed that O’Grady will feature on another animal-related programme set in Thailand that will air ‘soon’ on ITV, having ‘completed’ the series in December.

The new series of For The Love of Dogs has had viewers in tears over emotional scenes.

At one point in the first episode, O’Grady himself was close to tears telling Newfoundland pooch Peggy that there’s ‘no room at the inn’, as he admits he was desperate to adopt her.

O’Grady personally rehomed several dogs from Battersea Dogs and Cats centre, including during filming for the show, when he took home Eddie, a Chihuahua Jack Russell-cross puppy.

Eddie was joined by Boycie, a shih-tzu in 2014, Conchita, a Maltese in 2015, Arfur, a mongrel puppy in 2017, Nancy, another mongrel puppy in 2020, and Sausage, a wire-haired dachshund in 2021.

Ahead of the new series airing, O’Grady had recently spoke about the joy he experienced when returning to the charity for filming.

‘It’s always such a joy to be back at Battersea. It really is my second home and I’m part of the furniture now,’ he said in an interview for the show.

‘There are some smashing dogs in the new series, they really are lovely. But some sad stories as well and of course there is a dog that I fall in love with too. There always is.’

O’Grady also added that when they first made the programme he ‘certainly didn’t expect to stay this long’.

‘It’s such a simple little show really. No special effects, no shiny floor. Just the dogs, the incredible people who work with the dogs, and me. But the reaction it still gets is really lovely,’ he said.

For the Love of Dogs began in 2012, after which, following its success, O’Grady became an ambassador for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

He presented the show for eleven series, during which time he laid bare his ‘passion for all things dog’, the charity said, in a tribute.

Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs is available to watch on ITVX.

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