Remembering 2016 No 3
5 Wonderful Sir Terry Wogan moments from his telly appearances over the years.
Here’s just a few of my favourites of his roles on the telly..
Sadly I read today – due to the now ominous trending column – on a social media site that Sir Terry Wogan, a favourite of both my and darlin’ husbands grannies and perennial British National Treasure had passed away. Wogan was not only a Radio 2 Disc Jockey for many years but one of the BBC’s greatest assets, as well as being an accomplished author.
5. Wogan’s singing career
Terry Wogan – The Floral Dance, Countdown Chart History, http://www.youtube.com
Yup good ol’ Tel even made it to the charts with this song, “The Floral Dance” in 1978. As I got into music much much later, I did think this was a wind up when someone told me about it, which sadly it wasn’t. I shouldn’t really knock it as the tune even made it into the British film, Brassed Off (1986) soundtrack. Wogan’s Top of the Pops (1964-) appearance, was probably as much of a shock to himself as well as most people especially those who had hoped to see some major acts on visiting the Top of the Pops studio and got a Radio 2 DJ instead…but this helped pave the way for many an actor from soap, drama or comedy to release records in the 1980s.
4. Wogan’s TV Charity Night
Sir Terry Wogan attempts Gangnam Style – Children in Need 2012 – BBC One, BBC, http://www.youtube.com
Wogan compered Children in Need a yearly charity evening on the Beeb yearly from 1980 to 2013, the Beeb was Wogan’s affectionate name for the British Broadcasting Corporation. His segments were usually the highlight of the evening until sadly we got the Scottish version, with more cringeworthy segments with over the top annoying Scottish presenters, usually wearing tartan. I moved to England in 1992 and for approximately 8 years enjoyed Wogan and his English crew. Was worth it for that alone.
3. Wogan the quiz show compere
Blankety Blank October 1979 (Part 4 of 4), koksy, http://www.youtube.com
Wogan was compere for Blankety Blank (1979-83), a BBC1 quiz show and was perfect in his Irish charm and dead pan presenting style with the contestants and presenters alike. The game involved asking contestants to fill in the missing word from a sentence. They then hoped to match it with 6 random celebrities answers to the question. Contestants normally included some English totty for your mum and a token dumb blonde, usually Sandra Dickinson for your dad. In the show Wogan was more famous for his use of the one of a kind bendy microphone..
2. Wogan compering Eurovision
Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up – Terry Wogan announces the wrong winner and other stuff, jeffrey44, http://www.youtube.com
Before Wogan’s fellow Irishman Graham Norton took the helm, Wogan was presenter and commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest (1973-2008). For those blissfully unaware of this show, singing “acts” representing European countries competed to sing “A song for Europe”. Wogan provided the humorous commentary for us Brits, and often had us in tears with his tongue in cheek commentary including his views on the entrant’s frock, the contestants countries perceived political voting and their points or lack of with the infamous “nil points”.
1. Wogan the Interviewer
Dallas Wogan part 6, Dallas TV Series, http://www.youtube.com
For a number of years in my youth and childhood, Wogan was famous as a BBC chat show presenter for the aptly named Wogan (1982-92), interviewing everyone from politicians to stars of stage and screen. Of course I loved and remembered his interviews with my beloved Dallas (1978- 91) cast especially when he mocked Victoria Principal – Pamela Barnes Ewing – and she defended who Wogan called her “ugly baby”. Years later he reflected with some of his previous interviewees with a series called Wogan, Now and Then (2006). Around this time, I entered a competition, to see Terry, then Sir Terry interview Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing), Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing) and Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing). On winning 2 tickets I sat – though my sister claims she had to restrain me – enthralled seeing Wogan in action with my heroes. Although the show, recorded the highlights it was amazing just seeing and knowing the outtakes. Wogan was fun, a good sport and was able to hold his own especially with the obvious prankster in Duffy. It was one of those moments, you want to last forever.