Film critic Barry Norman has died aged 83, his family says. The journalist and former BBC presenter died in his sleep last night after suffering from lung cancer.
Norman hosted BBC One’s “Film…” show between 1972 and 1998 – its longest running host – as well as writing for the Daily Mail and the Guardian.
Actor and presenter Stephen Fry tweeted a tribute, writing: “Sad to hear of Barry Norman’s departure. A film critic and a provider of fine pickled onions. That’s a good life.” Presenter Jonathan Ross, who took over “Film…” in 1999, added to the tributes. He tweeted: “Very sad to hear that Barry Norman has left us. A great critic and a lovely, lovely man.”