Latest Issue

Bruce Forsyth at 80

By David Herman  

Today Bruce Forsyth is eighty. He started in showbusiness during the second world war with a song and dance act and has reinvented himself countless times. What is interesting about his career is the way it reflects shifts in British showbusiness through the mid- and late-20th century.

Forsyth belongs to that generation born in the 1920s and early 1930s (Dickie Henderson, Morecambe and Wise, the two Ronnies, Roy Castle and Des O’Connor) who started out in variety and burst into television in the late 1950s and early ’60s. His big break came, inevitably, presenting the great TV variety show, ‘Sunday…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect