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|Born||Barry Leslie Norman
21 August 1933
London, England, UK
|Occupation||Film critic, media personality, novelist|
Early life 
Barry Norman, the son of film director Leslie Norman and the brother of script editor and director Valerie Norman, was educated at a state primary school and at the Highgate School, a boys' independent school in North London. He did not go to university, but instead began his career in journalism at the Kensington News, later spending a period in South Africa where he developed a hostility to the situation created there by the emergence of apartheid.
By the 1960s, Norman was a prominent journalist, and show business editor of the Daily Mail until 1971, when he was made redundant. Subsequently, he wrote a column each Wednesday for The Guardian, also contributing leader columns to the newspaper.
Film critic 
He presented BBC1's Film programme from 1972, becoming the sole presenter the following year. Norman's tenure was broken in 1982 by a brief spell presenting Omnibus. After having returned to the Film series in 1983, Norman became increasingly irritated by the BBC's reluctance to screen the programme at a regular time, and in 1998 he finally accepted an offer to work for BSkyB, where he remained for three years. Jonathan Ross took his place as the BBC programme's presenter.
Barry Norman was for some years a regular radio broadcaster. He was the original presenter of the BBC Radio 4 transport and travel show Going Places and of its sister travel magazine, Breakaway. He is a former chairman of The News Quiz on Radio 4 and also presented for the network, The Chip Shop, an early 1980s series dedicated to the emerging home computer industry.
He is associated with the phrase "and why not?", which originated not as his catchphrase but as that of his puppet likeness on the satirical show Spitting Image. Norman has since adopted the phrase himself, and it is the title of his autobiography. In a recent ITV documentary on Spitting Image, Norman admitted initially hating the way his puppet looked on the programme (mostly because it had a large inexplicable wart on its forehead), but later somewhat moderated his attitude and felt flattered that the series found him famous enough to include him in its sketches.
Personal life 
Barry Norman's other passion is cricket; he is in the process of writing a book on the subject. He is a member of the MCC and likes spending time at Lord’s watching cricket. Barry Norman has a family recipe for pickle that has been passed down through generations, and which was used as the recipe for his own brand of pickled onions, which went on sale in September 2007. He is a supporter of the Liberal Democrats.