Friends and family say farewell to Sir Bruce Forsyth

The funeral of former ATV star Sir Bruce Forsyth was held yesterday.

Small Screen’s biggest star in the UK, Sir Bruce Forstyh on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing.

The intimate funeral of Sunday Night at the London Palladium and The Generation Game star Sir Bruce Forsyth took place on September 4th with only close friends and family in attendance for the celebration of the entertainer’s life.

While plans are being put in place for a public memorial service, yesterday mourners said goodbye to the 89-year-old performer who had been entertaining audineces since the age of 14.

Details of the funeral service have been kept private, with the family opting for a select gathering rather than a public ceremony. Some details have however been noted by those in attendance including the release of twelve white doves.

On ATV’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium.

The beeb will also pay tribute to one of their biggest names this coming weekend when Strictly Come Dancing airs a celebration of his time with the programme.

Speaking to BBC News Strictly executive producer Louise Rainbow has promised a ‘heartfelt’ tribute to Forsyth, who hosted the celebrity dancing competition from its inception until 2014. 

“We all want to celebrate him and all that he loved about the show.”

It was September 1958 when the relatively un-known became an ‘overnight telly celebrity’ after taking charge of entertainment show, Sunday Night at the London Palladium. His sudden national fame had come after many years of stage work making a name for himself in theatre and revue.

Bruce first hit the stage aged 14 as ‘Boy Bruce – the Mighty Atom’. He made his television debut in 1939 on the BBC in a open audition talent series, but nothing came of that initial television broadcast. His popularity with ITV viewers however was sealed after only six weeks as host of the Palladium show. Fan mail poured in. Such was his connection with viewers ATV gave Forsyth his own entertainment series throughout the sixties, before he switched full time to the BBC in 1971 to front The Generation Game.

Bruce entertained BBC One audiences on The Generation Game from 1971 to 1977 and 1990 to 1994.

Lured back to ITV he took charge of ratings banker Play Your Cards Right and later You Bet! He also took on various projects including a sitcom and in the early 90s a chat show. It was during this time he returned to The Generation Game for a further five years from 1990, reprising his role as host for UKTV in 2007 in a ‘then and now’ special series of the Gen Game.

He also from 2004 to 2014 hosted the ratings hit Strictly Come Dancing, however the long schedule and time consuming production days saw Brucie retire from the show. He hosted a series of specials for BBC One in recent times, including Hall of Fame, however ill health forced him from TV screens nearly two years ago.

Leader of the Pack with ITV’s Play Your Cards Right.
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