Bruce Forsyth to return to TV with one-off BBC variety show

Bruce Forsyth to return to TV with one-off BBC variety show

By Stephen Kelly

Thursday 24 July 2014 at 10:59AM

Entertainment legend Bruce Forsyth is set to return to the screen with one-off BBC1 variety show Bruce Forsyth's Hall of Fame, which will apparently give comedians, singers and actors the opportunity to "emulate their heroes" in front of a live theatre audience.

It will be Forsyth's first TV show since he stepped down from Strictly Come Dancing after its 2013 series, citing that presenting that presenting the Saturday-night entertainment flagship for nine years had left him "mentally and physically" exhausted. He was replaced by Claudia Winkleman, who will continue to present alongside Tess Daly. 

Bruce Forsyth's Hall of Fame is said to put a modern twist on the most famous acts of all time, with production company Hat Trick describing it as, "a chance for today's stars to pay homage to their heroes and find out what it's like to perform as their showbiz legends would have done. The artists take it in turn to wow viewers with show-stopping performances and treat the audience to a great Saturday night in." 

Details on who, exactly, will appear on Bruce Forsyth's Hall of Fame are scarce. Forsyth himself, however, has said that: “As soon as I heard about this I thought it was a wonderful idea; I can't help being excited." 

The variety show will be made by former Strictly Come Dancing commissioner Jane Lush, who has told Broadcast that Forsyth is “a legend of BBC1 Saturday night TV” and that it was “fantastic news that he’ll be back to host this exciting one-off special for us”.

Lush has since added: “I couldn’t be more excited to be working again with Sir Bruce exactly 10 years since we first embarked on the Strictly Come Dancing adventure together.”

Bruce Forsyth's Hall of Fame is set to later this year as a one-off special. If it proves successful, though, then the BBC could commission it for a series. 

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