20 Facts About Terry Wogan

1. Sir Terry Wogan was a TV and radio presenter loved by millions for his Radio 2 breakfast show.

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2. Sir Terry Wogan used to tell me that, one year, he was voted the most popular man on TV and voted the most detested man on the box.

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3. Sir Terry Wogan hosted the fundraiser until 2014, when he pulled out due to ill health.

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4. Sir Terry Wogan was the face of the show for 35 years The telethon was launched in 1980 and since then has raised over £950m.

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5. In April 2013, Terry Wogan attended the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher after being invited by her family.

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

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7. Sir Terry and Lady Terry Wogan had four children and five grandchildren.

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8. On 25 April 1965, Terry Wogan married Helen Joyce, and they remained married until his death.

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

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10. On 21 September 2013, Terry Wogan appeared as a panellist on ITV game show Through the Keyhole.

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11. In 2010, 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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12. In 1981, 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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13. Prior to his death, Terry Wogan hoped to return to Children in Need in 2016, carrying on as main presenter.

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14. In November 2015, 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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15. On 5 December 2008, Terry Wogan stepped down from the role after 35 years.

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16. On 11 August 2008, 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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17. In 1971, and from 1974 until 1977, Terry Wogan provided the BBC's radio commentary for the Eurovision Song Contest.

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18. On 7 September 2009, 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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19. On 23 May 2005, Terry Wogan crossed BBC strike picket lines to present his show.

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

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