FORSYTH SAGA; TVGUIDE OUR PICK OF THE WEEK; Join celebs and fans alike to celebrate the life of Sir Bruce Forsyth.
There's a bronze bust of Bruce Forsyth, sculpted by his son-in-law, in the Cinderella Bar at the London Palladium. It was unveiled there in 2010 to celebrate his 60-plus years in showbiz. At the time, Bruce said, 'No theatre on this earth has ever superseded the Palladium in my affections. It is just so special.' So it's fitting that tonight's tribute to the entertainer, who died in August last year, was filmed on the same stage. This was where Bruce made his name in the 1950s as the host of live shows, introducing audiences to his unique combination of superb musical and dance talent, quiz show mastery (who remembers Beat The Clock?) and jokey rapport with ordinary people. He was then Britain's highest-paid performer, earning PS1,000 a week. And this is also where many of his lifelong catchphrases were born.
Bruce's Strictly co-host Tess Daly presents with live performances from the Strictly professional dancers, Dave Arch and his band, judges Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli and former contestants including Alexandra Burke. Paul Merton and Jon Culshaw will be on hand to explore Bruce's comical side. Old-school stars like Dame Shirley Bassey, Dame Joan Collins and Jimmy Tarbuck pay tribute to their friend, as do the newer generation of celebrities who have been influenced by him, like Ant and Dec, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe.
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Bruce and his bust
Sir Bruce: A Celebration Sunday, BBC1, 9pm