Sir Terry Wogan 1938-2016

I was in a shop when I heard of the death of Sir Terry Wogan I was looking for a present for a friend. Feeling uninspired I turned on Facebook and, before going to my friend’s profile, I saw in my feed that Sir Terry Wogan had died. It was quite a shock and I think I will now always know where I was when it happened.

If you live outside of the UK and Ireland you may be unfamiliar with him. He was a broadcaster for 59 years. He had a radio show, presented quiz shows, presented Children in Need, but, for me, it is his Eurovision commentary that I knew him best for.

I agree with him when he says or Eurovision:

‘It’s supposed to be bad. And the worse it is, the more fun it is.’

It might be a British thing, despite Wogan not being British, but we like sarcasm – so Wogan’s Eurovision presenting always done in this style. For the acts, the presenters, and even the spokesperson for the results.

One of my favorites was describing the presenters, in Denmark in 2001, as ‘Doctor Death and the Tooth Fairy.’ – This was not well received.

I was greatly disappointed when Wogan stopped presenting Eurovision. Nevertheless Graham Norton is a very worthy successor giving a commentary in a similar style.

Sir Terry Wogan wasn’t on TV all the time but his moments on Eurovision and on Children in Need were very special and memorable.

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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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