Barry Norman: 'Remarkable' former film critic, BBC presenter and writer dies aged 83

Tributes to ‘defining voice of film criticism’ who leaves a ‘family who adore him’

Lizzie Dearden
Saturday 01 July 2017 13:14
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Movie critic Barry Norman dies aged 83

The film and TV world has been left saddened at the news of Barry Norman’s death, aged 83.

Relatives paid tribute to the “remarkable” journalist and former BBC presenter, who died in his sleep on Friday night, his family has said.

A statement from his daughters, Samantha and Emma said: “He had a great life, a wonderful marriage and an enviable career.

“He leaves behind a family who adore him and a great roster of friends who love him too. We will miss him more than we can say.”

His literary agency, Curtis Brown, described him as “the defining voice of film criticism and insightful interviewing of screen legends from both sides of the camera”.

BBC director-general Tony Hall said: “Barry Norman was a first class presenter and critic. Film buffs always found his programmes essential viewing.

“He dominated broadcasting about films for a generation with wit and great knowledge. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family and friends.“

Born in 1933, Mr Norman was the son of film director Leslie Norman and chose to become a journalist rather than go to university.

Mr Norman started on the Kensington News, before writing for the Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Times and The Radio Times during his lengthy career.

He was best known for presenting the BBC’s Film... programme from 1972, continuing for 26 years until he left to work for Sky.

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Mr Norman, who received numerous awards, also presented the Today programme and Omnibus, and was made a CBE in 1998.

He also wrote an autobiography called And Why Not?, a memoir called See You In The Morning and a book on his beloved sport, cricket.

Mr Norman was married to his late wife, author Diana Norman, for 54 years until she passed away in 2011 aged 77.

The couple met while working as journalists and married in 1957.

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