Sir Bruce Forsyth has entered the Guinness book of World Records for having the longest career of any male TV entertainer. So we hunted on YouTube for nuggets of seldom-seen Brucie gold from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s…
Bruce on the big screen! Here he is in the 1968 movie Star!, hoofing up a tornado alongside Beryl Reid and, if you please, Julie Andrews.
Brucie returned to The Generation Game in the 1990s, but the classic era for the BBC1 have-a-go game show was 20 years previously. His singing voice introduces a 1972 episode of “Bruce Forsyth and the Generation Game”, a title that makes the programme sound like Bruce’s backing band. After a trademark Atlas muscle-man pose with added leg flick, Bruce is off and charming in his wildly clashing jacket and trousers.
Decades of board-treading in the West End left Bruce well-equipped to deal with hecklers. In 1976, he gives a masterclass to a nervous young comedian called Fozzie…
To the States for Hot Streak, a short-lived 1986 attempt to crack the US game show market. Bruce presides in manly fashion as teams of men and women compete in an elaborate word-description game, involving headphones and tapping each other on the shoulder. There’s loads of cash at stake.
Bruce in total command during a one-man show at the London Palladium. He picks four blokes from the audience and makes them join him in a top-hat-and-cane dance number. Apart from one politically incorrect ad lib from Forsyth, which is a bit off even for 1991, his banter with the punters is brilliant.
One of Strictly Come Dancing’s best ever Brucie Bonuses: Forsyth and his spiritual heir Anton du Beke, performing Me and My Shadow together in 2008.