39 Facts About Sir Terry Wogan

1. Sir Terry Wogan died of cancer, aged 77, on 31 January 2016, at his home in Buckinghamshire.

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2. Sir Terry Wogan was brought up and educated as a Catholic, but was an atheist from the age of 17.

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3. In 2010, Sir Terry Wogan described the anguish he felt on the loss of his baby daughter.

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4. Sir Terry Wogan had chosen the song twice before as his favourite record on Desert Island Discs, and said he wanted to be buried with it.

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5. Sir Terry Wogan was announced as the Ultimate Icon of Radio 2, commemorating the station's 40th birthday.

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6. Sir Terry Wogan was inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame at a gala dinner held in his honour on 10 December 2009.

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7. Sir Terry Wogan was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1978, when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at Broadcasting House.

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8. Sir Terry Wogan was made an honorary freeman of the City of London in 2009, and invited to raise the bascules of Tower Bridge.

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9. On 31 March 2014, Sir Terry Wogan was a guest reporter on Bang Goes the Theory, on which he discussed old-age dementia.

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10. In 2010, Sir Terry Wogan made a cameo appearance in the second series of Being Human, and guest-hosted the fourth episode of the 24th series of Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

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11. Sir Terry Wogan appeared on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross four times, between 2004 and 2009.

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12. Sir Terry Wogan narrated the BBC television series Stoppit and Tidyup, which was broadcast in 1987.

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13. In 1981, Sir Terry Wogan set the world record for the longest successful golf putt ever televised, of 33 yards, at the Gleneagles golf course, in a pro-celebrity match broadcast by the BBC.

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14. Sir Terry Wogan left the show after the 1983 series, just over a year before his thrice-weekly chat show commenced.

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15. In November 2015, Sir Terry Wogan was unable to participate in the live televised Children in Need appeal for the first time in its 35-year history, due to poor health after a surgical procedure on his back.

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16. Sir Terry Wogan was the main regular presenter of Children in Need between 1980 and 2014.

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17. Sir Terry Wogan appeared on the panel comedy show QI in the 2008 episode for Children in Need, 'Families'.

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18. Sir Terry Wogan was reported to be the only celebrity paid for his participation in Children in Need, having received a fee every year since 1980.

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19. Sir Terry Wogan presented Sir Terry Wogan Now and Then, a show where he interviewed guests from his old chat show, as well as new guests.

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20. Sir Terry Wogan said that the BBC wanted his scheduling slot for the ill-fated soap Eldorado.

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21. Sir Terry Wogan was released from his talk-show contract in 1992, after pressure from the BBC.

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22. Sir Terry Wogan hinted that the 2014 winner, Austrian drag act Conchita Wurst, was a "freakshow".

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23. On 5 December 2008, Sir Terry Wogan stepped down from the role after 35 years.

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24. On 11 August 2008, Sir Terry Wogan said in an interview with the Radio Times magazine that he was doubtful about presenting the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom again.

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25. In 1971, and from 1974 until 1977, Sir Terry Wogan provided the BBC's radio commentary for the Eurovision Song Contest.

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26. Sir Terry Wogan continued to host the show until 8 November 2015 when, due to ill health, he was replaced by Richard Madeley.

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27. On 7 September 2009, Sir Terry Wogan confirmed to his listeners that he would be leaving the breakfast show at the end of the year with Chris Evans taking over.

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28. Sir Terry Wogan was forced off the air on 16 February 2007, when steam from a nearby gym set off fire alarms.

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29. On 23 May 2005, Sir Terry Wogan crossed BBC strike picket lines to present his show.

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30. Sir Terry Wogan was referred to as "The Togmeister" on his own programme by himself and members of his production team, and he referred to the podcast of his show as a 'togcast'.

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31. Sir Terry Wogan gave credit for her discovery to Walters.

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32. In December 1984, Sir Terry Wogan left his breakfast show to pursue a full-time career in television and was replaced by Ken Bruce.

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33. Sir Terry Wogan released a parody vocal version of the song "The Floral Dance" in 1978, by popular request from listeners who enjoyed hearing him sing over the instrumental hit by the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band.

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34. Sir Terry Wogan presented the Tuesday edition of Late Night Extra for two years on BBC Radio 1, commuting weekly from Dublin to London.

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35. Sir Terry Wogan began working for BBC Radio, initially 'down the line' from Dublin, first broadcasting on the Light Programme on 27 September 1966.

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36. Sir Terry Wogan conducted interviews and presented documentary features during his first two years at Raidio Teilifis Eireann, before moving to the light entertainment department as a disc jockey and host of TV quiz and variety shows such as Jackpot, a top rated quiz show on RTE in the 1960s.

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37. Sir Terry Wogan participated in amateur dramatics and discovered a love of rock and roll.

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38. Sir Terry Wogan died from cancer at his home in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, on 31 January 2016, aged 77.

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39. Sir Terry Wogan was the BBC's commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest from 1971 to 2008 and its host in 1998.

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