BBC and Channel 4 presenter Barry Norman dead: Film critic, who presented the BBC’s Film Programme for 26 years, dies in his sleep aged 83
The veteran host, known for presenting the BBC Film programme for 26 years from 1972, died in his sleep on Friday night.
A statement from his daughters, Samantha and Emma, called him "remarkable”.
They said: "He had a great life, a wonderful marriage and an enviable career."
Barry, who was the son of film director and producer Leslie Norman, was well known for his catchphrase “and why not?”, and had an incredibly successful career spanning decades.
He worked as showbiz editor at the Daily Mail in the 1960’s, until 1971 where he was made redundant.
He similarly wrote for the Radio Times, and penned several novels during his lengthy writing career.
In 1972, he began his renowned work presenting BBC One’s Film programme. He became so well-loved, in fact, that for much of his time on the show, "with Barry Norman" was added onto the end of the title.
He remained host until 1988, with presenters such as Jonathan Ross and Claudia Winkleman taking over in future.
Barry later anchored Channel 4’s coverage of the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, in South Korea.
Many took to social media to share their condolences to the broadcasting legend, with one writing: "Farewell to another household name from back in the day. Movie critic Barry Norman (83). His show was a must for any serious film fan. RIP."
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