Wogan

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Wogan
Starring Terry Wogan
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 12
No. of episodes 1131
Production
Running time 35 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original run 4 May 1982 (1982-05-04) – 3 July 1992 (1992-07-03)

Wogan was a British television chat show that was broadcast on BBC1 from 1982 until 1992, presented by Terry Wogan. It followed the format of a series broadcast in 1980 entitled What's On Wogan?, which failed to gather viewers.[citation needed] The Wogan show was initially broadcast on Tuesday evenings on BBC1 in 1981. From 1982 to 1984, it moved into the Parkinson slot on Saturday nights.

From Monday 18 February 1985 it was moved to weekday evenings at 7:00pm, where it remained, three nights per week, from 1985 to 1992, as part of the new look BBC1 schedule. 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'. It was replaced by the soap opera Eldorado.

Guest hosts[edit]

When Wogan himself was unavailable to host the show, guest presenters were brought in, with Selina Scott being the first stand-in in 1985. Others included Kenneth Williams (in 1986),[1] Ben Elton (in 1989), Joanna Lumley (in 1989), Selina Scott (again in 1991), Jonathan Ross (in 1990), Gloria Hunniford (in 1991), Felicity Kendal, Esther Rantzen and Bruce Forsyth. The most successful stand in was Sue Lawley who became the most frequent replacement for the host and indeed for some time was Wogan's 'official' stand in. When Lawley gained her own late night chat show Saturday Matters with Sue Lawley on BBC1 in 1989, other celebrities again took it in turns to stand in for Wogan.

Notable interviews[edit]

A number of interviews on the show are well-remembered, and have featured on compilation clip shows. Some examples include:

  • Anne Bancroft was in a catatonic trance and refused to answer certain questions.[2]
  • Ronnie Barker announcing his retirement from showbusiness in 1988.[3]
  • George Best appearing on the show while drunken and swearing.[3]
  • Cilla Black appearing as a guest in 1983. According to Christopher Biggins in his autobiography, she "stormed back into the public consciousness with a barnstorming performance as a guest on Wogan in 1983, proving that we can all have second chances" and after her appearance, people were "desperately trying to find her the right comeback vehicle".[4]
  • David Bowie refusing to co-operate during an interview. As Wogan put it: "David Bowie, well he probably wasn't at his best when I interviewed him. But I thought a solid slap would have helped the situation. I didn't hit him, of course, but it came close. For some reason best known to him he came on the show unwilling to talk.".[5]
  • Madonna appeared on the show in 1991, her interview was filmed in black and white, at her request, and that the show was broadcast as a special, rather than as part of the regular series.
  • David Icke appearing on the show and claiming to be "a son of the Godhead".[3]
  • Victoria Principal gave a feisty interview in 1983 and was herself crying with laughter at Wogan's mocking of her series, Dallas. The two became friends and Principal appeared many more times on the show, often via satellite.[citation needed]
  • Raquel Welch appeared on the original Saturday night show, but was angered before the interview began when the producers refused to show a clip of her exercise video, which she was promoting. This led to a very taciturn interview with Terry, where at one point she feigned to forget his name.[citation needed]
  • Patti Davis, daughter of Ronald Reagan, got into a heated argument with Wogan when he continually interrupted her and refused to allow her to make a point. She told him later in the interview that she was extremely angry at his behaviour.[citation needed]
  • Joan Collins was often announced as a potential guest, but always seemed to cancel at short notice, giving rise to media speculation that she was avoiding appearing on the show. When a special Christmas Day edition of the show featuring the cast of Dynasty was broadcast, Collins again refused to appear. Eventually, in the late 1980s, she did appear, in a special programme, as the sole guest. However, a subsequent appearance to promote her first novel led to an extremely irritated exchange with the host. She did not appear again.[citation needed]
  • Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, in her late nineties, reciting Juliet's death scene from Romeo and Juliet, a role she had first performed over eighty years ago.[citation needed]
  • Vivienne Westwood appearing on the show when it was being guest-hosted by Sue Lawley, and displaying her latest medically inspired collection. When the audience collapsed into laughter, Westwood told Lawley that if they didn't stop laughing, she'd tell the models to stop coming out.[citation needed]
  • Chevy Chase remaining silent through his interview.[citation needed]
  • Geoffrey Boycott talking about his bank account, which was "a proper one, not like Ken Dodd's". Dodd was waiting in the wings to come on next.[citation needed]
  • Fanny Cradock made her last BBC TV appearance on the show in 1986 and told Wogan his questioning was "very rude" and "very English".[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life Of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. p. 323. ISBN 1-84854-195-3. 
  2. ^ "Terry Wogan: My kids flee the room to escape me". Mail Online. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Sir Terry's long career on radio". BBC News. 7 September 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Biggins, Christopher (2009). Just Biggins: My Story. John Blake. ISBN 1844546543. 
  5. ^ "'I nearly hit Bowie' confesses Wogan". Irish Independent. 30 August 2000. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 

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