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ITV special to mark O'Connor's 80th

Des O'Connor is to be honoured with a TV special to mark his 80th birthday.

The veteran presenter and singer will host the 90-minute show which will include guest appearance from stars such as Matt Lucas, Paul O'Grady and former Coronation Street actress Katherine Kelly.

His former daytime TV co-host Melanie Sykes will also feature in the show, to be called The One And Only Des O'Connor, along with actor Robert Lindsay.

O'Connor - who turned 80 in January - launched his showbiz career in the mid 1950s and first began fronting his own TV show in 1963.

The four-times married star has appeared on stages around the world including hundreds of shows at the London Palladium.

He had his own US TV programme and his chat show Des O'Connor Tonight was a British television staple for a quarter of a century.

He 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: "He has a great history with the channel and, along with some special guests, it will be an unmissable show."

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