ITV commissions Des O’Connor tribute show

90-minute gala celebration will mark both his 80th birthday and 50 years in showbiz

ITV is to celebrate Des O’Connor’s 80th birthday and pay tribute to his 50 years in showbusiness with a TV special called The One and Only Des O’Connor.


The feature-length primetime show will be hosted by O’Connor himself and feature a mix of guests from the worlds of comedy and entertainment.

Stars including Matt Lucas, Paul O’Grady, Katherine Kelly, Robert Lindsay and Melanie Sykes will join Des on stage, and the programme will also feature a number of musical performances.

Des said: “I am really looking forward to sharing a fun-filled 90 minutes with the viewers.”

ITV’s Controller of Entertainment, John Kaye Cooper, said: “We are thrilled that Des is marking these two very special landmark occasions and treating ITV viewers to a unique celebration of his hugely successful career. He has a great history with the channel and, along with some special guests, it will be an unmissable show.”


The One and Only Des O’Connor will air on ITV1 later this year.