03/10/2013 07:56 BST | Updated 03/10/2013 11:02 BST

Cilla Black, Paul O'Grady To Star In New BBC Sitcom, 'Led Astray'

Cilla Black and Paul O'Grady are to star in a new BBC sitcom, 'Led Astray', which has been created by the same team behind 'Birds Of A Feather'.

The show, which has been written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, will begin production next month.

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Cilla Black and Paul O'Grady

Former 'Blind Date' host Cilla - who has just celebrated 50 years in showbiz - will play Tanya in the show, alongside her jailbird half-brother Arthur, played by Paul.

After discovering her long-lost sibling is in prison she ends up giving him a place to stay when he is released.

If the half-hour pilot is successful, the show will be aired on BBC One next year.

A message on Cilla's official website read:

"For the plot, Cilla’s character Tanya discovers she has a long lost half-brother Arthur (Paul O’Grady) who is currently serving time in HM Prison Wymott. Upon his release, Arthur stays with his newly found half-sister Tanya. Prepare for a lorra, lorra laughs as the story between the siblings unfolds!"

As well as being well-known presenters, both Cilla and Paul have acted before.

Cilla starred in her own comedy shows in the seventies, whilst Paul was most recently seen in 'Holby City' playing a cancer patient.

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