You, Bru­cie We’ll Miss

We look back over high­lights of the multi-tal­ented en­ter­tainer’s in­cred­i­ble 75-year ca­reer in show­biz

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STRICTLY COME DANC­ING

Ev­ery­one was a bit du­bi­ous when the BBC an­nounced they were re­viv­ing TV clas­sic Come Danc­ing, but with Bruce Forsyth host­ing along­side glam­orous side­kick, Tess Daly, Strictly Come Danc­ing soon be­came one of the BBC’s big­gest ever Satur­day night hits. The unique blend of glitz, glam­our, celebri­ties and daz­zling danc­ing dis­plays, all topped off with a hefty sprin­kling of Bruce’s charisma and good hu­mour, brought his charms to a whole new gen­er­a­tion of younger fans.

SUN­DAY NIGHT AT THE PAL­LA­DIUM

It was the show that cat­a­pulted Bruce into the big time – orig­i­nally booked for a two-week stint to com­pere the new show at the London Pal­la­dium, the en­ter­tainer ended up stay­ing for five years, be­com­ing the coun­try’s high­est earn­ing en­ter­tainer in the process, rak­ing in £1000 a week.

THE GEN­ER­A­TION GAME

It was the game show clas­sic that de­fined the 70s – with Bru­cie at the helm, The Gen­er­a­tion Game reg­u­larly at­tracted au­di­ences of over 21 mil­lion.

PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT

With his “dol­lies” ready to do the deal­ing, Bruce worked his magic as leader of the pack on Play Your Cards Right and scored an­other TV hit, as well as coin­ing one of our favourite Bru­cie catch­phrases – “It’s nice to see you, to see you nice”.

HIS TRUE LOVE

It was third time lucky for Bruce when he met the woman who was to be­come his wife of 37 years, Wil­nelia Merced, in 1980. The 30-year age gap didn’t mat­ter a jot and it was plain to see the two en­joyed a rare thing in show­biz – a truly happy mar­riage.

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