Paul O’Grady joins Salvation Army for BBC1

The British presenter (pictured) will enlist as a volunteer with 150-year-old charitable organization The Salvation Army in BBC1's Paul O'Grady: The Sally Army & Me, produced by Potato and Olga TV.
September 23, 2015

UK pubcaster BBC1 has ordered the series Paul O’Grady: The Sally Army & Me from ITV Studios-owned indie Potato and O’Grady’s prodco Olga TV.

The program will follow the British TV presenter’s passion for The Salvation Army as he enlists as a volunteer and learns more about the charitable organization. The six-episode series finds O’Grady take up a spot behind the counter at The Salvation Army’s residential centers, and assist in caring for seniors and reuniting loved ones through the organization’s ‘Family Tracing Service.’

Sally Army & Me is to coincide with the organization’s 150th anniversary.

“It’s an unholy pairing, but for some reason The Sally Army has always managed to build a bridge to me across my life,” said O’Grady in a statement. “They saved kids near my street when I was a boy with food kitchens, helped me when I was a care worker and supported people I know over the years.”

Paul O’Grady: The Sally Army & Me was commissioned by BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore. Kate Jackson, Ed Taylor and Michael Kelpie are serving as executive producers for Potato, while Clare Barton is exec producing for Olga TV.

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