The Interviews. Copyright: North One Television
The Interviews

The Interviews

  • TV documentary
  • Gold
  • 2015 - 2016
  • 12 episodes (2 series)

A series profiling comedians via their chat show appearances. Features Dawn French and Tamsin Greig.

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Series 2, Episode 5 - Bruce Forsyth

The Interviews. Copyright: North One Television
A profile of Bruce Forsyth, one of this country's greatest entertainers.

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Tonight the spotlight turns on Bruce Forsyth, one of this country's greatest entertainers.

In an incredible career lasting over 70 years, Bruce is the master of audience participation, with a wonderful knack of getting the most out of contestants. Since his big break on Sunday Night At The London Palladium in the 1950s, Bruce became the undisputed king of Saturday night television hosting hit shows such as The Generation Game and Strictly Come Dancing.

Throughout his career his effervescent personality, quick wit and catchphrases have transcended the gameshow and made him into a TV icon. Whilst away from the cameras, his private life has been full of ups and downs and the subject of much speculation in the press.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 13th April 2016
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 14th April 2016 1:10am Gold
Saturday 16th April 2016 7:00pm Gold
Sunday 17th April 2016 8:00pm Gold
Tuesday 19th April 2016 7:00pm Gold
Saturday 30th September 2017 7:10am Gold
Monday 11th December 2017 4:00pm Yesterday
Friday 15th December 2017 10:00pm Yesterday
Sunday 13th May 2018 11:00am Gold
Wednesday 16th May 2018 12:20am Gold
Saturday 16th February 2019 10:10am Gold
Sunday 17th February 2019 11:30am Gold
Sunday 19th April 2020 8:20am Gold
Saturday 25th April 2020 9:05am Gold
Monday 25th January 2021 2:55am Gold
Thursday 30th September 2021 1:15am Gold
Sunday 16th January 2022 12:40am Gold

Cast & crew

Tamsin Greig Narrator
Guest cast
Michael Parkinson Self (Archive Material)
Russell Harty Self (Archive Material)
Jonathan Ross Self (Archive Material)
Michael Aspel Self (Archive Material)
Des O'Connor Self (Archive Material)
Piers Morgan Self (Archive Material)
Gloria Hunniford Self (Archive Material)
Clive Anderson Self (Archive Material)
Bruce Forsyth Self (Archive Material)
Miranda Hart Self (Archive Material)
Bill Tennent Self (Archive Material)
Donald MacCormick Self (Archive Material)
Production team
Mike Williams Series Producer
John Quinn Executive Producer
Iain Coyle Executive Producer
Nigel Alred Edit Producer
Dan Ablett Editor


"Contact is everything," Brucie states, during this run through the Forsyth saga via his talk show appearances. As evinced here, it's that ability to connect with a popular audience, from the Generation Game to Strictly, that's ensured a 70-year career. If his persona's that of a twittering old lady, it clearly hides the skin of a rhino, abetted by a smart self-deprecation and lightning-fast wit. "My real name's Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson," he tells Michael Aspel. "What happened to Johnson?" "Same thing that happened to Joseph."

Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 13th April 2016

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