Sir Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson CBE, born 22 February 1928, is a veteran TV presenter, entertainer, song-and-dance man and all-round national treasure known throughout the United Kingdom
as "Brucie", who is one of the most famous British celebrities and has been entertaining the nation since c.1950. He came to fame with Sunday Night at the London Palladium
(made by ATV London for ITV
), a show so popular that evening church services were rescheduled around it, and has gone on to spend decades presenting some of British TV's most popular shows, both on the BBC and ITV. Brucie finally got his knighthood in 2011 after many years of people asking the government to give him one.
He was the original host of The Generation Game
in The Seventies
, presented the UK version of The Price Is Right
and another Long Runner
in the shape of Play Your Cards Right
, as well as returning to The Generation Game
in The Nineties
. In the United States, he was the host of Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak
. By the turn of the millennium it looked like his career was winding down as his Game Shows
had long since bitten the dust one after the other, but following an unexpectedly well-received guest-hosting spot on Have I Got News for You
at the age of 75 in 2003, Bruce has seen a huge late career revival – the next year he became the host of an unlikely new show, Strictly Come Dancing
, which has given rise to the worldwide phenomenon of Dancing with the Stars
and which Forsyth presented as a regular until 2013; he has now stepped down from the live shows but will still do the specials.
Such a Long Runner
that many a Hilarious in Hindsight
chuckle may be provoked by reading or hearing people describe him as an old-fashioned has-been...in books or shows created in The Seventies
. Naturally, he has outlasted all the people making such comments. Amusingly, his age was lampshaded in an episode of Play Your Cards Right
, in which a question posed to 100 funeral directors was "If introduced to Bruce Forsyth, would you give him your business card?" One of the contestants agreed with Brucie that the question was scandalous, before jokingly offering 98 as his answer (it was actually 73).
He has numerous catchphrases, which are usually, but not always, completed by the audience
- "Nice to see you, to see you..." to which anyone in the general vicinity responds, "Nice!"
- Taken to ridiculous levels in the BBC's coverage of the 2010 general election. Bruce was being interviewed along with other TV personalities, while behind them the camera looked down into a hall full of election workers counting votes as the background. Of course, Bruce declared that he 'couldn't have his back to an audience', shouted "Nice to see you, to see you..." down at them only to have them all look up from their ballot boxes and shout "NICE!"
- "A cuddly toy!"- Always one of the prizes on the conveyor belt from The Generation Game (continuing even after he left.)
- "You get nothing for a pair, not in this game!"- Play Your Cards Right (Once established, he became a Phrase Catcher for this one: he said the first part, the audience responded with the rest.)
- "I'm in charge!"
- "Didn't he/she do well?" - Also from The Generation Game, though became generally attached to him and morphed into a single in the '70s.
- [Explains the scoring system, by which you get points, and...] "What do points mean?" to which the audience responds "Prizes!" (This one was often borrowed by Humphrey Lyttelton of Im Sorry I Havent A Clue, even though on that show the points meant nothing and there were no prizes.)
- "Good game! Good game!"
- "Give us a twirl!" Usually directed at his female co-host to show off her dress.
Brucie has the distinction of being married to Wilnelia Merced, the 1975 Miss World and nearly thirty years his junior