Terry Wogan



All Star Cup (commentator)

Blankety Blank

Come Dancing


Do the Right Thing

Eurovision Song Contest (commentator & host)

Fighting Talk (guest host)

Never Mind the Buzzcocks (guest host)

Perfect Recall

Punch Line

A Song for Europe

Star Town

The Year In Question (resident panellist)

You Must be Joking


Like many television presenters, his route in to television was via the radio, although his first career was as a bank clerk.

Even today, mention the classic panel game Blankety Blank and people will remember the encounters between Wogan and Kenny Everett.

His three-times-a-week chat show on BBC 1 was replaced by Eldorado, a disastrous soap opera. Terry has since returned to the radio, although still continues to present Children In Need night. He stepped down from The Eurovision Song Contest after the 2008 show, and in September 2009 announced that he would be leaving the Radio 2 breakfast show at the end of the year. He has been replaced by Chris Evans.


In his native Ireland, he hosted the RTE gameshow Jackpot.

He was one of the original Radio 1 DJs, hosting the "Late Night Extra" programme in rotation with other hosts including Bob Holness.

Terry's BBC Radio 2 breakfast show, Wake Up with Wogan, was the UK's most popular. His audience were known as TOGs (Terry's Old Geezers, or Gals) - visit the official website at http://www.togs.org/ for more info.

He hosted the BBC's outtake show 'Auntie's Bloomers' during the 1990's, which included some series relating to specific TV footage, such as 'Auntie's Natural Bloomers' and 'Auntie's Sporting Bloomers'.

He had a number of stand-ins during his time on 'Wogan', many of them associated with quizzes. They included Selina Scott, Ronnie Corbett, Kenneth Williams, Bruce Forsyth, Sue Lawley, Joanna Lumley, David Frost, Felicity Kendal, Jonathan Ross, Ben Elton, Anna Ford, Gloria Hunniford, Mike Smith and Derek Jameson.

He was made an honorary KBE in the 2005 Queen's Birthday honours list. He took dual British/Irish citizenship shortly afterwards, thus he can now officially be called "Sir Terry Wogan".

Various honours were bestowed upon him in December 2009, in the weeks leading up to the last Wake Up to Wogan. He received the John Peel Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio from the Performing Right Society, who also inducted him into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame at a ceremony at which presenters of rival breakfast shows (including Chris Moyles and John Humphrys) lined up to pay tribute to him. He was also given a Lifetime Achievement award at the British Comedy Awards, and was awarded the Freedom of the City of London. He'd previously been awarded the Freedom of his home city, Limerick, and - the greatest honour of all - is the owner of a gold Blue Peter badge.

Books / Tapes

Wogan on Wogan (biography)

Is It Me? (autobiography) (paperback) | (hardback)


Jo Gurnett Personal Management Ltd, No. 2 New King's Road, London SW6 4SA

Web links

BBC Radio 2

Wikipedia entry

Internet Movie Database entry


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