Paul O'Grady nominated for NTA within six months of death age 67

Paul O’Grady receives National TV Award nomination six months after death aged 67

Paul O’Grady’s final series of For The Love Of Dogs has received a nomination for 2023’s National Television Awards (NTAs), less than six months after he died aged 67.

The shortlist of nominees were announced on August 15, and the late comedian’s series, which aired from April 13, is in the Factual category for an 11th consecutive year.

The news came the day after it was revealed that he is returning to screens in a final project recorded before his death – Paul O’Grady’s Great Elephant Adventure.

Throughout his career, Paul made it known how much he loved and cared for animals – especially dogs – often adopting many from his 11-series show himself.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home – who host the show – said that they were ‘honoured’ by the programme’s nomination and will ‘forever be proud of this show and grateful for all the work our loved and missed Ambassador, Paul O’Grady, has done.’

Award-winning: Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs has been nominated for an 11th straight year at the NTAs, in which it has won three times

Tragic: The Lily Savage star died age 67 in March as a result of a cardiac arrest

Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs is up against Clarkson’s Farm, Sort Your Life Out, and The Martin Lewis Money Show Live to take over from Gogglebox.

The ITV regular has won this bracket in three of its 11 straight years of nomination. 

The NTAs are due to be held on September 5, live from London’s O2 Arena and broadcast on ITV, and hosted by Joel Dommett.

Alongside his NTA nomination, the final TV project filmed by Paul before his death has been announced and will air before the end of the year, according to ITV.

Paul O’Grady’s Great Elephant Adventure is a two-part documentary filmed in 2022 and will show the Lily Savage star exploring elephant rescue centres.

Viewers will see how Paul travelled through Thailand and paid tribute to the tireless work of elephant conservation centres dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and protecting the magnificent yet vulnerable mammals.

He also leaves the sanctuaries for a taste of local life by exploring nearby markets and sampling what cuisine there is on offer.

Animal lover: Paul O’Grady (seen in 2015) will be seen in a final documentary before the end of the year in Paul O’Grady’s Great Elephant Adventure

Paul died as a result of a cardiac arrest, following a history of heart problems, on March 28 2023.

He is survived by his husband Andre Portasio, who recently attended the British LGBT Awards in June and collected a Broadcaster of the Year award on his behalf.

He told the Daily Star in June that he had not left the house in months after the star’s death, adding: ‘I am trying to take it day by day and cope with it. At the moment I am coping.

‘It was such a shock for me to lose him. It was a shock to all of us. It was so unexpected. I am still digesting it all.’

Posthumous recognition: Paul has already been recognised by the LGBT Awards after his death, winning Broadcaster of the Year – collected by his former husband Andre Portasio (pictured)

National Television Awards 2023: NOMINEES

 New Drama

Doja Cat – ‘Attention’

Beyond Paradise

Blue Lights

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story



Reality Competition

Love Island

Race Across the World

SAS: Who Dares Wins

The Traitors


Authored Documentary

Deborah James: Bowelbabe in Her Own Words

Lewis Capaldi: How I’m Feeling Now 

 Matt Willis: Fighting Addiction

Rob Burrow: Living with MND


Returning Drama

Call the Midwife

Happy Valley 

 Stranger Things



TV Presenter

Alison Hammond

Ant & Dec 

 Bradley Walsh

Claudia Winkleman

Martin Lewis



Clarkson’s Farm

Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs

Sort Your Life Out

 The Martin Lewis Money Show Live


Drama Performance

Brenda Blethyn, DCI Vera Stanhope, Vera 

 India Amarteifio, Young Queen Charlotte, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

James Norton, Tommy Lee Royce, Happy Valley

Judy Parfitt, Sister Monica Joan, Call The Midwife

Sarah Lancashire, Catherine Cawood, Happy Valley


The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway


I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

The Masked Singer

Serial Drama

Coronation Street





TV Interview 

Louis Theroux Interviews…

Piers Morgan Uncensored

The Chris & Rosie Ramsey Show

The Graham Norton Show


Serial Drama Performance

Charlotte Jordan, Daisy Midgeley, Coronation Street

Danielle Harold, Lola Pearce-Brown, EastEnders

Dominic Brunt, Paddy Kirk, Emmerdale

Maureen Lipman, Evelyn Plummer, Coronation Street


Quiz Game Show

Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel

Richard Osman’s House Of Games

The 1% Club

The Chase Celebrity Special


Rising Star

Benjamin Chivers, Isaac, The Devil’s Hour

Bobby Brazier, Freddie Slater, EastEnders

Channique Sterling-Brown, Dee-Dee Bailey, Coronation Street

Lewis Cope, Nicky Milligan, Emmerdale



Loose Women

The Chase

The Repair Shop

This Morning





Ted Lasso

Young Sheldon


Talent Show

Britain’s Got Talent

Strictly Come Dancing

The Great British Bake Off

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