One of Britain's most respected and popular film critics, Barry Norman became a household name as the long-term presenter of BBC's Film programme, starting in 1972 with Film 72 and remaining with the series for 26 years, his final show being Film 98.
In addition to his work as a TV film critic, Barry has written and presented a number of documentary series for the BBC, including Hollywood Greats, British Greats, Talking Pictures and Freewheeling.
Barry has also been a regular radio broadcaster. He was the original presenter of the BBC Radio 4 transport and travel show Going Places and its sister travel magazine, Breakaway. He is a former chairman of The News Quiz on Radio 4 and also presented The Chip Shop, an early 1980s series dedicated to the emerging home computer market.
On the literary front, Barry has written many novels, including: To Nick A Good Body, End Product, Tales Of The Redundance Kid, A Series Of Defeats, Sticky Wicket, The Birddog Tapes, The Mickey Mouse Affair, Have A Nice Day and Death On Sunset. He has also written a number of non-fiction books, including: The Good Night In Guide, 100 Best Films Of The Twentieth Century, Barry Norman's Video Guide, The Radio Times Family Video Guide, and the autobiographical volumes And Why Not? Memoirs of a Film Lover and See You In The Morning. He is also a much respected film critic columnist, most notably for the Radio Times.
In addition, Barry has had great success with the release of two interactive DVD quizzes, Barry Norman's Film Quiz and Barry Norman's Christmas Movie Quiz.
Barry is known for his passion for cricket and as a member of the MCC he is often seen at Lords Cricket Ground. He is perhaps lesser known for his liking for pickles, in particular his own brand of pickled onions, which is based on a family recipe that has been passed down through generations.
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