Terry Wogan

Sir Michael Terence Wogan KBE DL (/ˈwoʊɡən/; 3 August 1938 – 31 January 2016), better known as Terry Wogan, was an Irish radio and television broadcaster who worked for the BBC in the UK for most of his career. Before he semi retired in 2009, his BBC Radio 2 weekday breakfast programme Wake Up to Wogan regularly drew an estimated eight million listeners. He was believed to be the most listened-to radio broadcaster in Europe.[1]

Wogan was a leading media personality in Britain and Ireland from the late 1960s and was often referred to as a "national treasure".[1] In addition to his weekday radio show, he was known for his work on television, including the BBC One chat show Wogan, presenting Children in Need, the game show Blankety Blank and Come Dancing. He was the BBC's commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest from 1971 to 2008 and its host in 1998.[2] From 2010 to 2015 he presented Weekend Wogan, a two-hour Sunday morning show on BBC Radio 2.[3][4]

In 2005, Wogan acquired British citizenship in addition to his Irish nationality and was thus entitled to use the title "Sir" in front of his name when he was awarded a knighthood in the same year.[5][6] He died from cancer at his home in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, on 31 January 2016, aged 77.

Terry Wogan

Terry Wogan at Cheltenham Literature Festival
Wogan at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in 2015
Michael Terence Wogan

3 August 1938
Limerick, Ireland
Died31 January 2016 (aged 77)
CitizenshipRepublic of Ireland and United Kingdom
Years active1956–2015
Known forTelevision presenting:
Radio presenting:
Spouse(s)Helen Joyce (m.1965-2016, his death)

Early life

Wogan, the son of the manager of Leverett & Frye, a high class grocery store in Limerick, Ireland, was educated at Crescent College, a Jesuit school, from the age of eight. He experienced a strongly religious upbringing, later commenting that he had been brainwashed into believing by the threat of going to hell.[7] Despite this, he often expressed his fondness for the city of his birth, commenting on one occasion that "Limerick never left me, whatever it is, my identity is Limerick."[8]

At the age of 15, after his father was promoted to general manager, Wogan moved to Dublin with his family. While living there, he attended Crescent College's sister school, Belvedere College. He participated in amateur dramatics and discovered a love of rock and roll. After leaving Belvedere in 1956, Wogan had a brief career in the banking profession, joining the Royal Bank of Ireland.[9] While in his twenties, he joined the national broadcaster of Ireland, RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann), as a newsreader and announcer after seeing a newspaper advertisement inviting applicants.[10]

Radio work

Early career

Wogan conducted interviews and presented documentary features during his first two years at Raidió Teilifís Éireann, before moving to the light entertainment department as a disc jockey and host of TV quiz and variety shows such as Jackpot, a top rated quiz show on RTÉ in the 1960s. When the show was dropped by RTÉ TV in 1967, Wogan approached the BBC for extra work. David Attenborough rebuffed Wogan's job application to be a BBC presenter as "to have two Irishmen presenting on BBC Two would have looked ridiculous".[11] He began working for BBC Radio, initially 'down the line' from Dublin, first broadcasting on the Light Programme on 27 September 1966. He presented the Tuesday edition of Late Night Extra for two years on BBC Radio 1, commuting weekly from Dublin to London. After standing-in for Jimmy Young's mid-morning show, whilst he took a holiday throughout July 1969, he was offered a weekday afternoon slot between 3pm and 5pm.

In April 1972, he took over the breakfast show on BBC Radio 2, swapping places with John Dunn, who briefly hosted the afternoon show. Wogan achieved record estimated audiences of up to 7.9 million.[12] His seemingly ubiquitous presence across the media meant that he frequently became the butt of jokes by comedians of the time, among them The Goodies and The Barron Knights. He released a parody vocal version of the song "The Floral Dance" in 1978, by popular request from listeners who enjoyed hearing him sing over the instrumental hit by the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band. His version reached number 21 in the UK Singles Chart.[12] In December 1984, Wogan left his breakfast show to pursue a full-time career in television and was replaced by Ken Bruce.[13] His first chat show, Wogan's World, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 from 6 June 1974 to 21 September 1975.[14]

Return to radio

In January 1993, he returned to BBC Radio 2, replacing Brian Hayes to present the breakfast show, then called Wake Up to Wogan. His tendency to go off on rambling, esoteric tangents, often including banter with his then producer, Paul Walters, became popular with both younger and older listeners. Much of the entertainment came from letters and emails sent in by listeners, many of whom adopted punning pseudonyms. One occasion involved Wogan reading out an email from someone using the name "Tess Tickles", without realising what the name was referring to, prompting Paul Walters' standard reply in such situations – "I only print 'em!"[15]

Through his show Wogan was also widely credited with launching the career of singer Katie Melua, after he repeatedly played her début single, "The Closest Thing to Crazy", in late 2003. When she performed on Children in Need in 2005, Wogan joked that Melua owed her career to him. He gave credit for her discovery to Walters.[16] Walters also put music by Eva Cassidy, an American singer who had died in relative obscurity, on Wogan's playlist; Cassidy then, posthumously, became a sensation in the United Kingdom.[17]

As his radio show was considered to attract older listeners, Wogan jokingly referred to his fans as "TOGs", standing for "Terry's Old Geezers" or "Terry's Old Gals", whilst "TYGs" were "Terry's Young Geezers/Gals", who he joked were forced to listen to him because of their parents' choice of radio station. Wogan was referred to as "The Togmeister" on his own programme by himself and members of his production team, and he referred to the podcast of his show as a 'togcast'.[18]

Auntie Gloria (Auntie Glo) was a regular contributor to WUTW who wrote many poems and items, mostly under assumed names such as Wilfred Weeny, Gertrude Grimley, Herman Hunchtrouser & Sidney Snide to name but a few. In addition he (for Glo was actually a male) wrote several serial pastiches such as "The Bowmans", an everyday story of muck-speading folk, and "The Hi-Pongs", an Eastern series on coconut-trading folk. Most of Terry's "associates" were included in the cast including sylph-like Fran Godfrey who spent most of the time trying to avoid the attentions of the Evil Baron De'Wogan. Another contributor to WUTW was "Salacious", a female Tog who met Glo at the first Terry Wogan Convention and they "struck it off". Auntie Gloria was well known for calling a spade a spade and sadly faded into obscurity following his condemnation of terrorists shortly before the 7/7 attacks.

There were also running jokes involving Wogan's newsreader colleagues Alan Dedicoat (nicknamed 'Deadly' after the spoonerism 'Deadly Alancoat'), Fran Godfrey (nicknamed 'Frank'), and John Marsh (nicknamed 'Boggy').[19] Marsh once told Wogan on air that his wife was called Janet, and a series of "Janet and John" stories followed, read by Wogan during the breakfast show. These were a pastiche of children's learn-to-read stories, with humorous sexual double-entendres, which often led to Wogan and Marsh breaking into laughter. Six CDs and two books of the stories have been sold in aid of Children in Need, raising over £4 million.[20] A long-running campaign by Wogan criticising the British government for levying VAT on the CDs eventually led to a government rebate of £200,000.[21] Another feature of the programme was Wogan's exchanges with "the Totty from Splotty" – Lynn Bowles, the Welsh traffic reporter from Splott, Cardiff – which often involved reading limericks from listeners cut short after one or two lines, as risqué innuendo in the later lines was telegraphed.

Wake Up to Wogan attracted an estimated audience of eight million in 2005.[22] That figure was surpassed in 2008, as Wogan's show held off a challenge from Radio 1 for listeners during the breakfast slot.[23] According to figures leaked to British newspapers in April 2006, Wogan was the highest-paid BBC radio presenter at that time, with an £800,000-a-year salary.[24] In an interview with Britain's Hello! magazine in its 30 May 2006 issue, Wogan confirmed this, saying that he represented good value. On 23 May 2005, Wogan crossed BBC strike picket lines to present his show.[25]

Wogan was forced off the air on 16 February 2007, when steam from a nearby gym set off fire alarms.[26] For 15 minutes an emergency tape played non-stop music. On returning, Wogan read out several light hearted comments from listeners, saying that they thought he had died with his sudden disappearance and the playing of such sentimental music. On 7 September 2009, Wogan confirmed to his listeners that he would be leaving the breakfast show at the end of the year with Chris Evans taking over.[27] The Times published an ode to Terry: "Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone. Terry Wogan is abandoning his microphone", and novelist Allison Pearson commented: "Heard the one about the Irishman who reminded the British of what they could be at their best? His name was Terry Wogan."[1] Wogan presented his final Radio 2 breakfast show on 18 December 2009.[28]

It was announced that Wogan would return to Radio 2 from 14 February 2010 to host a live weekly two-hour Sunday show on the network, featuring live musical performance and guests, between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm.[29] The show, titled Weekend Wogan, was hosted in front of a live audience in the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House until the fourth series, where he returned to the studio.

Wogan continued to host the show until his final broadcast on 8 November 2015, due to ill health. It then continued with guest hosts until the end of that month, after which, regular cover show Madeley on Sunday presented by Richard Madeley filled the slot temporarily. Michael Ball then permanently took over the slot in April 2016, three months after Wogan's death.[30]

Television work

Eurovision Song Contest

In 1971, and from 1974 until 1977, Wogan provided the BBC's radio commentary for the Eurovision Song Contest. He became known for his television commentary, which he handled first in 1973, again in 1978, then every year from 1980 until 2008. He co-hosted the 1998 contest with Ulrika Jonsson, in Birmingham's National Indoor Arena on 9 May. Wogan was the first person in the contest's history to combine the roles of presenter and commentator. When not on stage, he was in his private booth providing the necessary TV commentary to BBC viewers.[31] From 1977 until 1996, Wogan hosted the UK selection show each year, returning to the job in 1998, and again from 2003 until 2008. In 1973, 1975, every year from 1977 until 1984, and again in 1994, Wogan also presented the UK Eurovision Song Contest Previews on BBC 1.

Wogan's often deadpan commentating style, which often involved humour at the expense of others, caused controversy: for example, when he referred to the hosts of the 2001 contest in Denmark, Søren Pilmark and Natasja Crone Back, as "Doctor Death and the Tooth Fairy".[32]

During the presentation of the Dutch televote in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, Wogan called the Dutch televote presenter, Paul de Leeuw, an "eejit", as de Leeuw started to make ad lib comments, gave his mobile phone number and generally hogged the limelight for some time before giving the Dutch votes. Chris Tarrant later praised Wogan's acerbity.[33]

During the 2007 BBC show Making Your Mind Up, in which the British public voted to decide their Eurovision entry, Wogan announced, wrongly, that the runner-up Cyndi was the winner. The winner was the group Scooch; according to the BBC, Wogan was provided with the correct result during the live show.[34]

In the 2008 contest, the UK's entry, Andy Abraham, came last, much to Wogan's disappointment. Wogan argued that Abraham gave a better performance than the entries from Spain and Bosnia-Herzegovina.[35]

At the 2008 contest he was acknowledged by both hosts, along with France's Jean Paul Gaultier and Finland's 2007 Contest host Jaana Pelkonen.[36]

On 11 August 2008, Wogan said in an interview with the Radio Times magazine that he was doubtful about presenting the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom again.[37] On 5 December 2008, Wogan stepped down from the role after 35 years. Graham Norton succeeded Wogan as BBC commentator for the 2009 contest.[38]

In November 2014, Wogan reviewed Norton's autobiography for The Irish Times.[39] Describing his attitude towards the contest, he wrote that he saw it as a "sometimes foolish farce". He hinted that the 2014 winner, Austrian drag act Conchita Wurst, was a "freakshow".[40] After Wogan's death, his presentation of the contest was criticised for its mocking tone.[41]

Chat shows

Wogan's first foray into TV interviewing, and indeed to British television, was in 1972 on Lunchtime with Wogan on ITV. Later, What's On, Wogan? ran for one series in 1980 on BBC1, primarily on early Saturday evenings. In 1981 he had a chance to host a one-off chat show, Saturday Live. Among his guests on this show were Larry Hagman, promoting SOB, and Frank Hall. Hagman was at the height of his fame, which gave the show a high-profile.

Soon after Wogan was given his own chat show, Wogan, which after a trial run on a midweek evening, was recommissioned for broadcast on Saturday nights from 1982 to 1984. Between 1985 and 1992, the show aired on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm. The series included interviews with George Best, Chevy Chase, Anne Bancroft, Ronnie Barker announcing his retirement on the show, and David Icke claiming to be the "Son of God", to whom Wogan stated: "They're not laughing with you, they're laughing at you."[42]

The BBC stopped an interview in 1989 with Simon Hayward, a former captain in the Life Guards, hours before he was due to appear on the Wogan show. Hayward insisted that he was innocent of drug smuggling offences. The decision was taken by the then Controller of BBC 1, Jonathan Powell, after protests from several MPs. The BBC was accused of censorship and a Conservative MP, John Gorst, described the decision to ban Hayward from Wogan as "outrageous".[43]

Wogan was released from his talk-show contract in 1992, after pressure from the BBC.[42] He said that the BBC also wanted his scheduling slot for the ill-fated soap Eldorado. After Eldorado took over the 7 pm slot, Wogan briefly hosted a new weekly chat strand Terry Wogan's Friday Night in 1993, but this series was not recommissioned.

Wogan presented Wogan Now and Then (2006), a show where he interviewed guests from his old chat show, as well as new guests. BBC Two launched a new compilation series, Wogan: the Best Of in 2015, featuring selected interview segments and music performances from Wogan's past chat series, linked by new introductions from Wogan.[44]

Children in Need

In 1980, the BBC's charity appeal for children was first broadcast as a telethon called Children in Need, with Wogan presenting alongside Sue Lawley and Esther Rantzen.[45] He campaigned extensively for the charity, and often involved himself via auctions on his radio show, or more directly by taking part in well-publicised sponsored activities.

He was reported to be the only celebrity paid for his participation in Children in Need, having received a fee every year since 1980 (£9,065 in 2005). Wogan stated that he would have done it for nothing and that he "never asked for a fee". Wogan donated his BBC fees to the charity.[46][47] The BBC stated that the fee had "never been negotiated".

He appeared on the panel comedy show QI in the 2008 episode for Children in Need, 'Families'.

In 2008, Wogan and singer Aled Jones released a single "Little Drummer Boy"/"Peace on Earth", which got to number three in the UK music charts. The money raised went to BBC Children in Need. The two recorded a second Christmas single "Silver Bells" in 2009, which was also in aid of BBC Children in Need.[48]

Wogan was the main regular presenter of Children in Need between 1980 and 2014. In November 2015, Wogan was unable to participate in the live televised Children in Need appeal for the first time in its 35-year history, due to poor health after a surgical procedure on his back. He did, however, make a brief appearance as part of a pre-recorded sketch.[49] He was replaced by Dermot O'Leary.[50] Prior to his death, Wogan hoped to return to Children in Need in 2016, carrying on as main presenter.

Other television work

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Wogan on MasterChef Live in November 2009

Wogan's television profile was boosted considerably when he became the first-ever host of Blankety Blank in 1979. His good-humoured interaction with the contestants and lively banter with the celebrity guests went a long way to making the show a success. Among the guests who appeared most frequently and memorably during this period were Roy Hudd, Beryl Reid, Lorraine Chase and, in particular, Kenny Everett, who became famous for snapping Wogan's stick-like microphone in half. Wogan left the show after the 1983 series, just over a year before his thrice-weekly chat show commenced

In 1981, Wogan set the world record for the longest successful golf putt ever televised, of 33 yards, at the Gleneagles golf course, in a pro-celebrity match broadcast by the BBC.[51] Wogan narrated the BBC television series Stoppit and Tidyup, which was broadcast in 1987.[52]

Wogan appeared on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross four times, between 2004 and 2009. In an appearance on the BBC programme Top Gear, Wogan became the second-slowest guest to go around the test track as the "Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car", a Suzuki Liana. Only Richard Whiteley was slower.[53]

In 2010, Wogan made a cameo appearance in the second series of Being Human,[54] and also guest-hosted the fourth episode of the 24th series of Never Mind the Buzzcocks.[55] The following year, Wogan hosted Wogan on Wodehouse for BBC Two.[56] In 2011 he appeared as a panelist on Would I Lie To You.

On 21 September 2013, Wogan appeared as a panellist on ITV game show Through the Keyhole.[57] In November 2013, he participated in a celebrity edition of the BBC One game show Pointless, with celebrities including Bobby Ball and Esther Rantzen, in aid of Children in Need.[58]

On 31 March 2014, Wogan was a guest reporter on Bang Goes the Theory, on which he discussed old-age dementia.[59] From 12 to 16 May 2014, Wogan appeared on the Channel 4 game show Draw It!.[60] On 10 November 2014, in the run up to that year's Children in Need telethon, Wogan guest hosted an episode of The One Show with Alex Jones.[61]

Honours and awards

Wogan was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1997, and later became an Honorary Knight Commander of the same order (KBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2005. After asserting his right to British citizenship and retaining his Irish citizenship that year, Wogan was officially knighted on 11 October 2005, allowing him to use the style "Sir".[62] On 29 May 2007, he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire.[63]

On 15 June 2007, Wogan's home city of Limerick honoured him with the Freedom of the City at a ceremony in Limerick's Civic Hall. Because of his long absence from the city and unflattering remarks about the city in a 1980 interview, the local press carried out a vox pop, which resulted in support for the award.[64] He was made an honorary freeman of the City of London in 2009, and invited to raise the bascules of Tower Bridge.[65]

In 2004, he received an Honorary D.Litt. degree from the University of Limerick,[66] as well as a special lifetime achievement award from his native city. He received an Honorary LL.D. degree from Leicester University in 2010.[67][68]

Wogan was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1978, when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at Broadcasting House.

Wogan was inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame at a gala dinner held in his honour on 10 December 2009.[69] Wogan was announced as the Ultimate Icon of Radio 2, commemorating the station's 40th birthday. The shortlist of sixteen candidates had been published on the BBC Radio 2 website, and the winner was announced live on Radio 2 during a one-off special edition of Family Favourites by host Michael Aspel on 30 September 2007. He praised his fellow nominees, the Beatles, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Nelson Mandela during his acceptance speech, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 2, and he chose Nat King Cole's recording of "Stardust" as his iconic song of the last 40 years.[70] Wogan had chosen the song twice before as his favourite record on Desert Island Discs, and said he wanted to be buried with it.[71]

Personal life

On 25 April 1965, Wogan married Helen Joyce, and they remained married until his death. They lived in Taplow, Buckinghamshire,[72] with another home in Gascony, southwestern France. Sir Terry and Lady Wogan had four children (one of whom, a daughter Vanessa, died when only a few weeks old) and five grandchildren. In 2010, Wogan described the anguish he felt on the loss of his baby daughter.[73][74]

In April 2013, Wogan attended the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher after being invited by her family.[75]

Wogan was brought up and educated as a Catholic, but was an atheist from the age of 17.[7][76][77][78] In an interview with Gay Byrne on RTÉ, he said that he respected those who had "the gift of faith".[77][79]


Wogan's health declined following Christmas 2015. He did not present Children in Need, complaining of back pain as the reason for his absence from the long-running annual show. His friend, Father Brian D'Arcy, visited him during January, and noticed he was seriously ill.[80] He died of cancer, aged 77, on 31 January 2016, at his home in Buckinghamshire.[81] British Prime Minister David Cameron said that "Britain has lost a huge talent"[82] and President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins praised Wogan's career and his frequent visits to his homeland.[83] Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton remembered Wogan for his role in helping Anglo-Irish relations during the Troubles.[84] D'Arcy speculated that a public funeral would be logistically difficult, as there would be too many people wanting to pay their respects.[80]


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Memorial statue in Limerick, Ireland

After Wogan's death on 31 January 2016 and his private funeral a few weeks later, a public memorial service was held on 27 September the same year. The public service featured a number of his celebrity friends making speeches, such as Chris Evans and Joanna Lumley. It was opened by a recording of Sir Terry Wogan himself and was held at Westminster Abbey. The service was broadcast live on BBC Radio 2.[85]

In February 2016, a memorial montage was aired as part of The United Kingdom's selection show for the 2016 Eurovision Song contest, Eurovision: You Decide.

In the run up to the annual telethon for Children in Need, the BBC held a special concert at The Royal Albert Hall, named Children in Need Rocks (for Terry). Unlike previous CiN Rocks concerts, the acts performing were specially selected by the BBC and Wogan's friends as they were synonymous with his career. Performances included Katie Melua (whom he championed during his time as a DJ on Radio 2), Olly Murs (who performed Wogan's favorite swing classics), Eva Cassidy, who posthumously performed over video-tape with Shaun Escoffery duetting live in the studio on the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and Michael Ball and Alfie Boe covering The Floral Dance, a song which Wogan once covered himself.

On 16 November 2016, the BBC renamed BBC Western House to BBC Wogan House.[86]



Year Title Role Note(s)
1964–1965 Jackpot Presenter
1971, 1974–1977 Eurovision Song Contest Presenter Radio coverage
1972–1973 Lunchtime with Wogan Presenter
1973–1979 Come Dancing Presenter
1973, 1978, 1980–2008 Eurovision Song Contest Presenter UK television commentary (excluding the semi finals, 2004–2008)
1973, 1975, 1977–1984, 1994 Eurovision Song Contest Previews Presenter
1974 Castlebar Song Contest Presenter
1977–1995, 2003 A Song for Europe Presenter
1977 Ask a silly Answer [87] Presenter For Southern Television, 14 April – 19 May 1977; Six episodes. Panel includes Graeme Garden, Alfred Marks, Willie Rushton, and Spike Milligan.
1979–1983 Blankety Blank Presenter
1980—2014, 2015 Children in Need Main presenter Telethon presenter, with various co-presenters until 2014.
With a short voiceover and a small appearance in 2015.
1981 You Must Be Joking! Presenter [88] Gameshow, where two contrasting teams of 25 are pitted against each other; 10 episodes
1982–1992 Wogan Presenter British television chat show
1982 Wogan's Guide to the BBC [89] Presenter Behind the scenes at the BBC.
1988 Stoppit and Tidyup Narrator
1991–2001 Auntie's Bloomers Presenter
1996, 1998 The Great British Song Contest Presenter
1998 Eurovision Song Contest 1998 Presenter With Ulrika Jonsson
1998 Wogans Web Presenter 11 May to 3 June 1998
1999–2008 Points of View Presenter
2003–2004 The Terry and Gaby Show Presenter With Gaby Roslin
2004–2007 Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up Presenter With various co-presenters
2006 Blankety Blank DVD Game Presenter Returned to Blankety Blank for a special DVD edition
2008 Eurovision: Your Decision Presenter With Claudia Winkleman
QI Panellist Series F Episode 1 "Families" - Children in Need special
2008–2010 Wogan's Perfect Recall Presenter
2014 Secrets of the Body Clock[90]
2014 The One Show Guest presenter 1 episode
2015 Terry and Mason's Great Food Trip Presenter Documentary series, Wogan's final Television Work



  • Is It Me? (BBC Books, 2000) ISBN 9781446416938
  • Mustn't Grumble (Orion, 2006) ISBN 9781409105893


General non-fiction

  • Fight the Flab: Keep Fit With Terry Wogan (BBC Books, 1971) ISBN 9780563119937
  • Banjaxed (1979) ISBN 9781908461995
  • The Day Job (1981) ISBN 9781909040342
  • Wogan on Wogan (Penguin, 1987) ISBN 9780140108453
  • Terry Wogan's Bumper Book of TOGs (Andrews UK, 2011) ISBN 9781908262776
  • Where Was I?!: The World According to Wogan (Orion, 2009) ISBN 9781409111337
  • Wogan's Twelve (Orion, 2007) ISBN 9780752888439
  • Something for the Weekend: The Collected Columns of Sir Terry Wogan (Orion, 2013) ISBN 9781409148814
  • The Little Book of Common Sense: Or Pause for Thought with Wogan (Orion, 2014) ISBN 9781409146568


  • Irish Days (Penguin, 1991) ISBN 9780718134136
  • Wogan's Ireland: A Tour Around the Country that Made the Man (Simon and Schuster, 2012) ISBN 9781471115004

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Blankety Blank

Blankety Blank is a British comedy game show which ran from 18 January 1979 to 12 March 1990 on BBC One, hosted first by Terry Wogan from 1979 until 1983, then by Les Dawson from 1984 until 1990. Regular members of the celebrity panel included Kenny Everett, Lorraine Chase, Gareth Hunt, Gary Davies, Paul Daniels and Cheryl Baker.

A revival hosted by Paul O'Grady (as Lily Savage) was produced by the BBC from 26 December 1997 to 28 December 1999, followed by ITV from 7 January 2001 to 10 August 2002. David Walliams hosted a Christmas Special for ITV on 24 December 2016.The show was based on the 1977–79 Australian game show Blankety Blanks (which was in turn based on the American game show Match Game).

Children in Need

BBC Children in Need (also promoted as Plant Mewn Angen in Wales) is the BBC's UK charity. Since 1980 it has raised over £1 billion for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.One of the highlights is an annual telethon, held in November and televised on BBC One and BBC Two from 7:30 pm until 2:30 am. "Pudsey Bear" is BBC Children in Need's mascot, whilst Sir Terry Wogan was its long-standing host for 35 years. A prominent annual event in British television, Children in Need is one of three high profile British telethons. It is the only charity belonging to the BBC, the other telethons being Red Nose Day and Sport Relief, both supporting Comic Relief.

Following the temporary closure of Television Centre, the telethon broadcasts take place at the BBC Elstree Centre.

Children in Need 2004

Children in Need 2004 was a campaign held in the United Kingdom to raise money for the charity Children in Need. It culminated in a live broadcast on BBC One on the evening of Friday 19 November and was hosted primarily by Terry Wogan, who was assisted by Gaby Roslin. The voice over was Alan Dedicoat.

Children in Need 2005

Children in Need 2005 was a campaign held in the United Kingdom to raise money for the charity Children in Need. It culminated in a live broadcast on BBC One on the evening of Friday 18 November and was hosted by Terry Wogan, Fearne Cotton, Natasha Kaplinsky and, from RAF Brize Norton, Matt Allwright. The voice over was Alan Dedicoat. A total of £17,235,256 was raised by the closing minute.

According to the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board (BARB), overnight ratings suggested that 10.7 million viewers were tuned into BBC One from 9.00pm to 9.15pm (a 45.1% audience share), the slot in which the Doctor Who mini-episode was broadcast in most regions. This represented the highest ratings that Children in Need had received in eight years.

Children in Need 2006

Children in Need 2006 was a campaign held in the United Kingdom to raise money for Children in Need. It culminated in a live broadcast on BBC One on the evening of Friday 17 November and was hosted by Terry Wogan, Natasha Kaplinsky, Fearne Cotton and Chris Moyles. The voice over reading out money raised at various points was Alan Dedicoat. On average, the broadcast brought in 7.72m viewers and raised a total of £18,300,392 by the closing minute.

Children in Need 2009

Children in Need 2009 was a campaign held in the United Kingdom to raise money for Children in Need. It culminated in a live broadcast on BBC One which began on the evening of Friday 20 November and ran through to the morning of Saturday 21 November. The broadcast was hosted by Terry Wogan, Tess Daly and Alesha Dixon. Alan Dedicoat read out the running totals and Peter André reported from the BT Tower. The show was broadcast from BBC Television Centre in London. Dancing Pudseys were projected on to the building. The 2009 event raised £20,309,747 by the end of the broadcast, slightly under the previous year's total of £20,991,216.

Children in Need 2015

Children in Need 2015 is a campaign held in the United Kingdom to raise money for the charity Children in Need. 2015 marks the 30th birthday of the charity's mascot, Pudsey Bear, since 1985, and the 35th anniversary of the appeal which culminated in a live broadcast on BBC One and BBC Two on the evening of Friday 13 November until the early hours of Saturday 14 November. The broadcast was hosted by Dermot O'Leary with Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton, Rochelle Humes and Nick Grimshaw as co-hosts. Shane Richie hosted the period the show was broadcasting on BBC Two.

The show was broadcast from the BBC in Elstree but also includes regular regional opt-outs. Terry Wogan appeared in a pre-filmed Sketch and provided a documentary voice over, but was unable to present the live section of the fundraiser due to health reasons, a first since its launch in 1980. Due to Wogan's death in January 2016, Children in Need 2014 was his last appearance as host.

Come Dancing

Come Dancing was a British ballroom dancing competition show that ran on and off on the BBC from 1950 to 1998, becoming one of television's longest-running shows. Unlike its follow-up show, Strictly Come Dancing, contestants were not celebrities.

The show was created by Eric Morley, the founder of Miss World, and began in 1950 by broadcasting from regional ballroom studios, with professional dancers Syd Perkin and Edna Duffield on hand to offer teaching.

In 1953, the format changed to become a competition, with later series seeing regions of the United Kingdom going head to head for the coveted trophy.

The many presenters over the years included Peter West, McDonald Hobley, Charles Nove, Terry Wogan, Brian Johnston, Angela Rippon, Michael Aspel, Noel Edmonds, David Jacobs, Judith Chalmers, Pete Murray and Rosemarie Ford. Commentators included Ray Moore and Bruce Hammal.

In 2004, a re-launched celebrity version entitled Strictly Come Dancing, hosted by Bruce Forsyth (2004–13), Tess Daly, Zoe Ball (2011–) and Claudia Winkleman (2014–) debuted on BBC One, and became a popular hit on Saturday evenings. The title is an amalgamation of the titles of both the 1992 Australian film Strictly Ballroom and Come Dancing. The format of the newer show has been successfully exported to other countries as Dancing with the Stars or similar names in local languages.

Eurovision Song Contest Previews

The Eurovision Song Contest Previews are annually broadcast TV shows showcasing the entries into the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest. They were inaugurated in 1971 for the contest in Dublin, Ireland, and have been provided by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to all participating countries ever since.For a period, the BBC were responsible for 'collecting' the preview videos and distributing them to the various participating countries. This has been carried out by the contest's host nation more recently. In recent years, the Nordic broadcasters (Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland) have co-produced preview shows for broadcast across their region.

Jackpot (Irish TV series)

Jackpot was an Irish general knowledge quiz show produced by Telefís Éireann between 6 January 1962 and 9 June 1965. Presented firstly by Gay Byrne and later by Terry Wogan, the show remained one of the most popular programmes in the first years of the television station. Jackpot was similar in format to the ITV quiz show Criss Cross Quiz.

List of contestants from the UK national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision: You Decide is the current name of the BBC TV show broadcast to select the United Kingdom's entry into the Eurovision Song Contest.

Shows of similar formats have previously gone under several other names, including Festival Of British Popular Songs, Eurovision Song Contest British Final, A Song For Europe, The Great British Song Contest, Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up and Eurovision: Your Decision. In 2011 the selection process was replaced by an internal BBC decision, but this process ended after 2015 with a revival of a national final for 2016 under a new name.

This page lists the contestants for each year of the show; the winners of the contest are in bold-italics.

The Radio 2 Breakfast Show

The Radio 2 Breakfast Show refers to a range of programming on weekday mornings on BBC Radio 2 since 30 September 1967. The show's longest serving host to date was Sir Terry Wogan, who worked on the show for 28 years in 2 separate stints.

United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1977

Playing host to the Eurovision Song Contest 1977, the United Kingdom was expected to, and did, send an entry to the Contest, which was held in Wembley, London.

The national final to select the entry, A Song for Europe 1977, was held on 9 March 1977 at the New London Theatre and presented by Terry Wogan. Minutes before the show went live, a strike by BBC cameramen was called, preventing the televised broadcast of the show. The contest went ahead and a few hours later, the audio was aired on BBC Radio 2.

The voting consisted of 14 Regional Juries, made up of member of the public, located in Belfast, Bristol, Aberdeen, Bangor, Leeds, London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Norwich, Newcastle, Manchester, Plymouth and Southampton. The winning song was Rock Bottom, written, composed and performed by Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran. The song says that when people are in a bad situation they should work to solve problems and not be pessimistic about tragedies. Apparently it represents the situation at the time. This was reflected in the unrest surrounding the 1977 Song for Europe and the subsequent Eurovision Song Contest, which was due to take place in Wembley on April 2nd. Due to the cameramen's industrial action that spread throughout the BBC, many live broadcasts were affected in the coming weeks and the 1977 Eurovision final was cancelled. On 30 March the strike was resolved and the contest was rescheduled for 7 May.

At the Eurovision final, the UK entry was performed ninth in the running order and finished in 2nd place, a record 10th British entry to finish 2nd. The winning song reached No.19 in the UK singles chart, the last chart hit for de Paul, her first in two years. A German version of the song was released as Für Immer. De Paul and Moran did release one further single together, but it failed to chart.

Pete Murray provided the television commentary on BBC 1 and Terry Wogan provided the radio commentary on BBC Radio 2, this would be Wogan's final time he provided the contests commentary for radio, the following year he began regularly presenting the television coverage. The UK spokesperson was Colin Berry, who would present the UK results for a further 25 editions.

United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1978

The United Kingdom held a national preselection to choose the song that would go to the Eurovision Song Contest 1978. It was held on Friday 31 March 1978 at the Royal Albert Hall and presented by Terry Wogan. The songs were backed by the Alyn Ainsworth Orchestra.The Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast on 22 April 1978, with Terry Wogan providing the BBC Television commentary and Ray Moore providing the BBC Radio 2 commentary. Colin Berry returned to present the UK jury results.

United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1985

The 1985 edition of A Song for Europe was held at the BBC Television Centre in Studio 1 on 9 April, hosted by a suited Terry Wogan. The theme music (as it has been in previous years) was Te Deum. The BBC Concert Orchestra under the direction of John Coleman as conductor accompanied all the songs, but despite performing live, the orchestra was off-screen, behind the set.

United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008

The United Kingdom chose their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 on the BBC programme Eurovision: Your Decision. It replaced the former selection programme, Making Your Mind Up after a string of bad results. It was broadcast on BBC One on Saturday 1 March 2008.

Andy Abraham was the winner of the contest with the song "Even If" and went on to represent the United Kingdom in Serbia. As a member of the 'Big 4', the United Kingdom was one of five countries directly qualified into the final on 24 May 2008 and does not need to compete in either of the semi-finals, although it was able to vote in the second of the two semi-finals.

Weekend Wogan

Weekend Wogan was a Sunday morning radio programme on BBC Radio 2 in the United Kingdom, which was presented by Sir Terry Wogan. The show, which began its run on 14 February 2010, marked Sir Terry's return to the airwaves following his decision to step down as presenter of the weekday breakfast show, Wake Up to Wogan in December 2009.

Wogan hosted the show for the last and final time on 8 November 2015, as Sir Terry himself leaves the station due to ill health. after which the show took an extended hiatus due to his treatment for cancer, an illness from which he died in January 2016. The show's slot was filled with guest hosts until 29 November 2015 after which regular cover show Madeley on Sunday presented by Richard Madeley took over the slot temporarily. Michael Ball took over the slot on a permanent basis from April 2016, returning to the show he vacated in 2010 to allow Wogan to present.

The programme featured guests and live music from BBC Radio 2 studios at Western House in London. It was broadcast for approximately 40 Sundays a year, with the remaining 12 being taken by an interim show, which since May 2012 was Madeley on Sunday. Previously the interim show was Michael Ball's Sunday Brunch.


Wogan is a British television talk show which was broadcast on BBC1 from 1982 until 1992, presented by Terry Wogan. The show was generally broadcast live from BBC Television Theatre in Shepherd's Bush, London until 1991. It was then broadcast from the BBC Television Centre. Some shows were pre-recorded, but broadcast unedited, 'as live'. Wogan ended its run in July 1992 (it was replaced by the soap opera Eldorado).

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