Bruce Forsyth/

I don't want to grow old gracefully. I want to put up a bit of a fight

From the 1950s to the 2010s, Bruce Forsyth aka Brucie was rarely off British TV.

With his distinctive voice and wealth of catchphrases, Bruce was best known for his game shows. But he also presented variety themed programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing and even acted occasionally, appearing in the film *Bedknobs and Broomsticks”.

He started early, appearing on stage as Boy Bruce, the Mighty Atom at 14. In the Fifties, he became a household name as the host of Sunday Night at the London Palladium. This big break came just in time: Bruce had been on the verge of quitting show business.

It was as the host of The Generation Game in the Seventies, and again in the Nineties, that Brucie enjoyed his greatest success, however. It led to more game shows notably Play Your Cards Right. Continuing to work long into his old age, and with occasional surprise choices like his stint hosting Have I Got News For You, by the time of his death, Bruce had become a much loved national institution. He was knighted in 2011.

Didn’t he do well? Indeed, he did.