Denis Norden, one of television’s most respected and longest serving stars, is retiring after over 30 years working on ITV.
Norden, best known for fronting out-take show It’ll Be Alright on the Night, will record one final entertainment special next month to mark his departure from the network, called All the Best From Denis Norden.
The show, which will be transmitted later this year will be a farewell tour of many of the programmes to which the veteran performer has contributed. These will include the popular Looks Familiar, Laughter File and the signature show It’ll Be Alright on the Night. Norden has already recorded a 13th Laughter File which will also be screened this year.
Mark Wells, controller of entertainment for ITV Productions, said: “Denis Norden is the longest-serving entertainment star on ITV, and it’s been our privilege to work with him since the first edition of It’ll Be Alright On the Night back in 1977. He’s remained involved with every aspect of his shows – writing, presenting, and selecting the material, and his knowledge of comedy is unrivalled in British broadcasting. Like the viewers, we shall miss him but wish him the very best for his retirement.”
It’ll Be Alright On The Night celebrated its 20th edition in March this year. In 1992, The Worst of Alright on the Night attracted 20 million viewers and a 74% share of viewing. Norden also worked on The Glums, Pick of the Pilots, Laughter By Royal Command and the three anniversary specials 40 Years of ITV Laughter.
Paul Jackson, director of entertainment and comedy at ITV adds: “Millions of radio and television viewers have been entertained by Denis’ unique, warm and witty style over the last half a century. I’d like to thank him for his invaluable contribution to the channel.”
Norden has picked up a host of awards along his career including the Variety Club of Great Britain’s Award for the Best Radio Personality of the Year (jointly with Frank Muir) in 1978, Male TV Personality of the Year 1980, and also the Silver Rose at the Montreux Festival – Most Humorous Programme for It’ll Be Alright on the Night 2.
In December 1998 he received the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain award for Lifetime Achievement. The star said that he plans to keep busy writing his memoirs.