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I've always been the kind of person who leaves parties early to catch the last bus home

Terry Wogan’s soft Irish voice was a mainstay on BBC Radio for four decades and his television presenting for massively viewed events like The Eurovision Song Contest and Children in Need made him a household name.

Born in Limerick, Ireland, Michael Terence Wogan discovered a love for rock and roll and a flair for the dramatic when his family moved to Dublin in his teenage years. After leaving school he had a brief career working for the Royal Bank of Ireland before he tried out for the national broadcaster of Ireland, RTÉ.

He steadily built his reputation through the 1960s and in 1972 he began hosting The Terry Wogan Show, the drivetime breakfast show on BBC Radio 2. His first run of the breakfast show lasted from 1972-1984 and he achieved record audiences of 7.9 million listeners in this time.

Alongside his long running radio programs, Terry also had a successful career as a television personality. He hosted BBC feedback program Points of View where he read out letters of praise and criticism from the BBC audience. Terry also presented his own TV talk show for ten years, called Wogan. His yearly presenting of the Eurovision Song Contest featuring his subtly dry judgement of the various acts which never failed to raise a laugh. Perhaps he’s most fondly remembered for his work with Children in Need though, a charity that has raised over £1bn for disadvantaged children since its inception in 1980.