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BBC unveils plans for Terry Wogan tribute programmes

Published 06/09/2016

Sir Terry Wogan, who died in January after a brief battle with cancer
Sir Terry Wogan, who died in January after a brief battle with cancer

The BBC will broadcast tribute programmes to tie in with a special service being held at Westminster Abbey to honour Sir Terry Wogan.

The programmes will look back at the life and career of the veteran Irish presenter, who died on January 31 aged 77, after a short battle with cancer.

Sir Terry will be honoured with a special service of thanksgiving taking place at the famous church in central London on September 27, which marks the 50th anniversary of his first BBC radio broadcast.

BBC director-general Tony Hall said: "Terry Wogan was one of the nation's most loved presenters. He had a unique and welcoming style combined with a mischievous sense of humour and his personality will shine through in these programmes."

A total of 250 pairs of tickets for the event will be made available to the public via a ballot, which will be announced by Radio 2 host Chris Evans during his Breakfast Show on Tuesday.

Registration for the ballot is via bbc.co.uk/radio2 and opens at 00:01 on Tuesday 6 September and closes at 19:00 on Thursday 8 September.

BBC Radio 2 will broadcast live from the remembrance service between noon and 1pm.

A special edition of the Jeremy Vine Show, which will see Vine reminiscing with listeners as they share their memories of Sir Terry, will air before and after the service from 11:30am to 2pm.

Another special Radio 2 show, Thank You For Being My Friend - A Tribute to Terry Wogan, will broadcast on September 26 and 27, and will recall his career highlights, as well as original interviews with friends and colleagues.

BBC One will air a BBC Studios production with the working title of Sir Terry Wogan Remembered: Fifty Years, which will be a journey through Sir Terry's impressive 50-year career.

Head of BBC events for BBC studios Phil Dolling said: "Sir Terry Wogan is without doubt one of the most important broadcasters in the history of the BBC. His humour, his warmth and his ability to connect with his audience was second to none.

"It is no exaggeration at all to describe Sir Terry's career as exceptional - he was the most popular man on television while at the same time being the most popular man on the radio.

"In this programme we look back at his five decades with the BBC and talk to those people who knew him and loved him."

Sir Terry became the presenting face of the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK, having first fronted the BBC's coverage in 1971.

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