Graham Norton to search for new star of Oliver!

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Gay comic Graham Norton will host a new show for the BBC next year, I’d Do Anything will try to find four new stars for the musical Oliver.

The BBC One series, I’d Do Anything will find a new talent for the role of Nancy and a total of three young protégés who will take it in turns to play orphaned urchin Oliver.

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber will lead the judges but will be joined by the musical theatre produer, Cameron Mackintosh, listed as the 16th most influential gay person in Britain in the Independent‘s 2007 list.

Following the “fabulous formula” of previous Saturday night successes – How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria and Any Dream Will Do dubbed Any Queen Will Do – the search for the nation’s next Oliver and Nancy will begin with auditions early in 2008.

Elaine Bedell, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, said: “We’re really pleased to be building on the success of Any Dream Will Do with a new search for West End stars next year.

“Oliver! is a much-loved British musical so we’re sure the show will unite families and melt hearts across the UK as we watch some of Britain’s best new talent take centre stage.”