Belfast Telegraph

Monday 5 October 2015

Jonathan Ross a silly ass: Barry Norman

By Matthew McCreary

Published 02/02/2009

Movie buff Barry Norman has branded Jonathan Ross “a silly ass” for his part in the Andrew Sachs controversy.

The popular presenter was speaking ahead of a trip to Belfast to joining the Ulster Orchestra for a fourth year running as host of a programme of movie music for Valentine’s night.

And unlike his BBC1 Film show successor Jonathan Ross, Mr Norman will be ensuring there are no crude jokes to spoil the romantic mood.

“It makes for a lovely, light evening’s entertainment,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.

“This year it will be quite a lot of love songs and music from romantic films. I think it’s going to be a lively concert and an enjoyable one.”

Among the classics on the playlist for this year’s concert are Lara’s Theme from Dr Zhivago, Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

West End singer Maria Friedman will also provide a glamorous edge to the concert, which will be conducted by Robert Ziegler. The concert forms part of the orchestra’s Popular Classics programme.

Mr Norman will also be delivering his characteristically humorous introductions and anecdotes to each tune from the very same spot where legendary film composer Ennio Morricone conducted a duo of concerts for the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival last year.

Mr Norman left the BBC Film programme in the late 1990s, handing the baton to his successor Jonathan Ross who, he says, has brought a different style of presenting to the programme.

“Jonathan’s appeal is more to people who go to the pictures without being seriously interested in the cinema,” he said. “I think he was a silly ass over the Russell Brand business and I’m sure he won’t do that again.”

Mr Norman has since concentrated on his writing career and is due to publish a book.

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