Manford will tell the story of how Walsh has become one of television’s much-loved personalities across both ITV and the BBC.
Bradley Walsh is one of the nation’s favourite performers and, in honour of his 60th birthday, ITV is celebrating with a one-off special documenting his illustrious time in television – Bradley Walsh: Happy 60th Birthday.
Narrated by Jason Manford, the hour-long programme will offer an exclusive look at the entertainer’s four-decade strong career which has taken in stand up comedy, presenting and acting. As well as forgotten gems from the telly archives, his 80s fashion choices and hairstyles, viewers will also get to relive those moments of TV gold that have turned Bradley into one of the country’s best loved stars.
Walsh’s first ever TV appearance came in September 1987 on LWT’s 6 O’Clock Show alongside Danny Baker. From there viewers will see exclusive footage of a young, bleached-haired Bradley Walsh presenting his first ever show You Must Be Joking alongside fellow newcomer Shane Richie in 1989.
The show also takes a look at a comedy format he hosted called Only Joking, in which families told jokes against the clock and also his first bill on an ITV quiz show in 1995, Midas Touch before later taking over the reigns of STV’s Wheel of Fortune.
As well as guest spots on The Royal Variety Show and Live at the London Palladium Bradley diversified into acting with his first role alongside Timothy Spall. His next turn was as a homicidal builder in Channel 4’s Lock, Stock… and then playing Dave Dodds in the film Mike Bassett: England Manager.
In 2004, he took on the role of lovable rogue Danny Baldwin – retconned nephew of Mike Baldwin – in Granada Television’s Coronation Street, remaining with the soap until 2006. Danny’s storylines included going head to head with his half brother Adam for the knicker factory and an affair with his son’s girlfriend.
And looking back to 2009 viewers will see the beginnings of smash-hit quiz series The Chase, as well as his time in ITV drama Law & Order: UK, taking on the character of DS Ronnie Brooks – a recovering alcoholic police officer – which he played for 5 years. More recently there have been cracking moments with son Barney in Breaking Dad, and his turn as a time travelling companion in Doctor Who.
Bradley Walsh: Happy 60th Birthday a must watch for fans, airs Wednesday 3 June at 9pm on ITV.