Fifty years of Terry at the BBC

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In January of this year we lost one of the greatest broadcasters and presenters of them all. A man who was equally at home on television and on the radio. His name – Sir. Terry Wogan.

This Friday evening at nine o’clock on BBC1 there will be a special programme dedicated to his Fifty Years at the BBC. The programme will be a celebration of Terry’s work - his television programmes, his radio shows and his work for BBC Children in Need. Terry was particularly famous for a number of TV shows. There was Come Dancing – a programme which while it had a number of presenters during its long history – one of its most popular was Terry. There was his three nights a week show called Wogan, in which he chatted amiably to a huge number of star guests. There was Blankety Blank, a game show where members of the public had to guess what missing word six celebrities would provide. Terry was the original presenter and his stick microphone became almost as famous as the cheque book and pen that runners up were given. Terry was followed by Les Dawson and Lily Savage and there are rumours that Blankety Blank is going to make yet another comeback. Although Terry did not physically appear on the yearly Eurovision Song Contest, he always provided an amusing commentary to what was unfolding before our eyes. Terry also provided the narration for the cartoon Stoppit and Tidyup and was credited on various other shows from Doomwatch to the Goodies. This special programme will look at his private life and it will explore how his values and beliefs contributed to his huge success. There will be contributions from a number of famous faces including Ken Bruce, Jeremy Vine, Len Goodman, Graham Norton, Katie Melua and Fearne Cotton.

Ian K