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Behind the scenes of the Wogan show: ‘Excuse me sir, do you realise you have Lee Marvin on your roof rack?’

A tumbling Maeve Binchy, a drunken George Best, an imperious Vanessa Redgrave... a former researcher on TV’s ‘Wogan’ reflects on starry guests 30 years after the series ended

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Terry Wogan, left seated, with some of his team including writer David Orr, middle back

Terry Wogan, left seated, with some of his team including writer David Orr, middle back

George Best's infamous appearance on Terry Wogan

George Best's infamous appearance on Terry Wogan

Limerickman Terry Wogan outside the BBC

Limerickman Terry Wogan outside the BBC

Maeve Binchy had a memorable appearance on the show

Maeve Binchy had a memorable appearance on the show

David Bowie appeared on show

David Bowie appeared on show

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Terry Wogan, left seated, with some of his team including writer David Orr, middle back

Even Maeve Binchy might have baulked at the melodrama of the plot line: best-selling author collapses on ‘live’ TV show.

As the novelist from Dalkey rushed down the narrow, spiral staircase to the stage where chat show host Terry Wogan awaited her arrival, the previous guest – a centenarian in a wheelchair – was being manoeuvred up the stairs.


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