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Ruth Dudley Edwards: Britain's favourite Irishman is a credit to both his countries

'Terry Wogan's Ireland' may have been light, but it did address some contentious issues, says Ruth Dudley Edwards

Published 30/01/2011 | 05:00

'Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone," the London Times wrote poetically in September 2009. "Terry Wogan is abandoning his microphone."

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He was in fact abandoning just his everyday microphone. Less than two months after Wake Up to Wogan ended and 8,000,000 or so listeners dried their tears, the 71-year-old Sir Terence began his Sunday TV show, and then embarked on Terry Wogan's Ireland: the first of two episodes was aired last Sunday night. In his Sunday Telegraph column, he told his readers: "the word 'journey' has become as abused as 'celebrity', so, if it's all the same to you, I'd rather you treated it as more of a meander, a dawdle".

And so it was, and, as always with Wogan, it was conducted with what calls to mind John Hewitt's line about the "leisured grace" of a favourite landscape.

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