Saturday 21 April 2018

Didn't he do well? Catchphrase king hosted memorable shows

Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly
Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly

Joe Nerssessian

Bruce Forsyth graced television screens for more than five decades. Here's a look back at his most memorable shows.

Come And Be Televised in 1939

The programme's presenter Jasmine Bligh asked the 11-year-old Bruce about his dancing and who he aspired to be like. He said he wanted to be "a famous dancer like Fred Astaire" so he could buy his mother a fur coat, and then performed a song and dance routine.

The Generation Game

It was 'The Generation Game' that thrust some of Bruce's most famous one-liners into the national lexicon. He opened every show with "Nice to see you, to see you...", to which the audience unfailingly replied "Nice". Bruce also popularised "Give us a twirl" on the 'Generation Game', which he hosted from 1971 to 1977. In 1990 he resurrected the show for a four-year stint.

Bruce Forsyth's Big Night

'Bruce Forsyth's Big Night' was not his most successful show, but did enable him to showcase his comic timing, as well as song and dance efforts. It ran for one season in 1978 before being axed.

Play Your Cards Right

'Play Your Cards Right' gave birth to Bruce's catchphrase "Higher, Lower" and became one of his longest-running shows. It ran from 1980 to 1987. He returned for a reboot in 1994 but it was dropped in 1999.

You Bet!

From 1988-90, Bruce was the first host of 'You Bet!' in which celebrities gambled on the outcome of challenges performed by the public for charity.

An Audience With...

Bruce hosted an episode of the long-running ITV show 'An Audience With...' in 1997 to celebrate 50 years in show business.

Strictly Come Dancing

After relaunching his career as a guest host of 'Have I Got News For You' in 2003, Bruce became the host of 'Strictly Come Dancing'. His old-fashioned appeal and rapport with co-host Tess Daly introduced him to a new generation of fans.

He stepped down after nine years saying that years of live television had taken their toll. "But I'm not retiring, that's the last thing in the world I want to do," he said.

Irish Independent

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