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Barry Norman

by Reg Starkey


arry Norman was born in London on the 21st of August 1933. His father Leslie was a Producer/Director who was involved in some iconic British films of the 1950s, including ‘The Cruel Sea’ and ‘Dunkirk’. Despite this, Leslie Norman recommended his son into Journalism, starting as a cub reporter on the Kensington Times, moving from there to the Daily Sketch, a national tabloid, and from there to the Daily Mail, then a broadsheet, where he stayed for 13 years before being made redundant. After a short spell with the Times, Barry Norman joined the BBC to present Film 1972. He did this every year for 26 consecutive years until 1998, when he joined Sky for 3 years. He won a Richard Dimbleby BAFTA award in 1981 and a London Film Critics Award in 1994. In 1998 he was also honoured with a CBE. His distinctive style and iconic status were also acknowledged on Spitting Image with a voice impersonation created by Rory Bremner. The phrase “And why not?” was first created for him in this popular puppet show and then adopted by Barry Norman himself in real life. He also wrote 10 novels, as well as film guides, and gave his name to a brand of pickled onions! He was a Renaissance Man of the 20th Century and we shall not see his like again. p

Image: Curtis Brown

Britain’s most popular Film Critic, died on the 30th of June, aged 83

Health Triangle Magazine issue 49  
Health Triangle Magazine issue 49  

Health Focus in this month is all about travel