Legendary TV icon Denis Norden dies aged 96
Denis Norden, the legendary It’ll Be Alright On The Night presenter has passed away aged 96. The English comedy writer and television host has been hospitalized at the Royal Free Hospital in London for many weeks until his death.
Norden presented television programmes on ITV for many years, including the nostalgia quiz Looks Familiar and also wrote scripts for Hollywood films, until he retired in 2006.
A statement released by his family said, “We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the dedicated staff and doctors who have looked after him – with much devotion.”
They also told Press Association he was ‘a wonderful dad, a loving grandfather and great great-grandfather’, adding ‘He will be in our hearts forever.’
Norden was born in Hackney in 1922 and he served in the RAF alongside a young Eric Sykes and Bill Fraser. He later moved into comedy, in a career that saw him writing for TV, radio and cinema.
He penned the successful and long-running BBC radio comedy Take It From Here, alongside Frank Muir before moving onto Hollywood projects like the Oscar-nominated Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell and The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom.
Norden died at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, London on the morning of 19 September 2018, aged 96. His wife, Avril, died just two months earlier.