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Sir Terry Wogan's final breakfast show

Sir Terry Wogan has broadcast his final Radio 2 breakfast show, after 27 years - first on The Terry Wogan Show between 1972 and 1984, then on Wake Up To Wogan, which began in 1993.

Here are the highlights of his swansong show, as he said goodbye to the fans he affectionately calls TOGS - or Terry's Old Geezers and Gals.

Sir Terry Wogan presents his breakfast show for the last time
The star celebrated with a mug of tea and a pork pie

0730 As he cues up The Bluebells' 1984 hit Young At Heart, Sir Terry welcomes listeners to his final breakfast show.

"Now, as you know, music is a subjective taste and ours is not always yours. But this morning, we're going to indulge ourselves. Barrowlands [producer Alan Boyd] and myself are going to play all the music that we've enjoyed so much over the years, and we could only start with this".

Over the first, chirpy violin phrases of the song, the broadcaster quips: "It's the TOGS' anthem - crinkly on the outside, smooth as silk on the inside.

"No senior moments this morning... and no blubbing."

0736 The first, typically idiosyncratic, tribute from a listener is read out.

"Oh Terry, when he introduced me to your burblings in the mid-1970s, did my father not intimate that you're a lightweight, a dabbler, a fly-by-night, who a mere 35 years later would decide enough is enough?"

"Well, when you've gotta go..." the broadcaster deadpans. After the next record, The Who's Pinball Wizard, he pays tribute to all of his correspondents, saying, "I wish I knew all of you personally".

0740 Some fans have sent in poems, we are told. Sir Terry sings one of them - a specially rewritten version of Frank Sinatra's My Way. "He's broadcast each and every morning. And more, much more than this, he's never boring".

The DJ then segues into Katie Melua's Closest Thing To Crazy, reminding us he was the first person ever to play her on daytime radio.

0746 Fellow DJ Sarah Kennedy drops by to give Sir Terry a farewell present - a diet plan which kicks off with a two week regimen of cabbage soup.

0800 A slight fluff as the veteran broadcaster talks over the pips. "Well, it's only suitable on my last day," he jokes.

0801 Newsreader Charles Nove announces: "On a slow news day, there's time for a special message for Sir Terry". The missive comes from Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who says, "Terry, five decades at the very top of British broadcasting is a towering, indeed an unparalleled achievement. I wanted to let you know how very dearly you'll be missed."

The broadcaster accuses his colleagues of trying to make him cry, and quickly plays Abba's Waterloo - just one of the many winners he witnessed as host of the Eurovision Song Contest.

0809 Next up, a message from the "Mother Superior of the Sisters Of Perpetual PMT".

"I have made a 10-foot effigy of you in the cloisters. Much whiskey has been drunk in loyal toasts and the rectory tables are in bits as a result of a herd of nuns attempting the floral dance across them".

By this stage, it is clear that people who have not been inducted into the bizarre rituals and in-jokes of Sir Terry's show will be completely bamboozled by his last hurrah.

0816 Freed from the shackles of corporate responsibility, Sir Terry back announces a trail for Radio 2's Christmas schedule by saying: "That sounds like hell on wheels".

Sir Terry Wogan leaves BBC Broadcasting House after his final show
The presenter was in good spirits as he left Western House

0820 Sir Terry: "A senior BBC man has just said to me, 'you don't think you're overdoing the sentiment, do you?'"

Alan Boyd: "Where did you find a senior BBC man at this time of morning?"

Sir Terry: "The place is crawling with them. I think they're making sure that I'm not going to come back."

0822 Traffic announcer Lynn Bowles recommends that Sir Terry takes part in next year's Strictly Come Dancing. He fails to understand that she's recommending him as a dancer, not a host: "But I'd be upsetting Bruce".

0836 A letter from BBC director general Mark Thompson: "I am writing to inform you that you have successfully completed your probation period at the BBC and I am in a position to offer you the job on a permanent basis." It is unclear whether or not this is a joke.

0848 Sir Terry introduces one of his favourite-ever records, Ella Fitzgerald's recording of My Funny Valentine.

0852 "We make no apology for the music being a little slow and sentimental this morning. There's a reason for it."

0903 Sir Terry's successor, Chris Evans, says the 71-year-old will be a hard act to follow.

"I've listened to Terry for years. When I was a trolley boy at Presto supermarket in Warrington, I listened to him on the way into work. I'm just going to feel it, I'm just going to try to do the right thing by Radio 2 and Terry Wogan".

0904 "I think Sarah Kennedy put it best this morning," laughs Sir Terry, "when she said I was very lucky I am having my obituaries while I'm still alive".

0906 John Marsh arrives for a surprise instalment of the show's long-running, double-entendre laden Janet and John segment. Today's story revolves around a trip to an Indian restaurant, where John has a "sweet lassi on the table". Marsh and Sir Terry can barely contain their mirth.

"If the Prime Minister is listening to this, he'll want to change his opinion before the next news," Sir Terry notes.

0919 Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You ushers in the final 10 minutes of the show, followed by Peter Gabriel, Paddy Maloney and the Black Dyke Mills Band, singing That'll Do. It is unashamedly mushy.

Sir Terry signs off from breakfast show

0926 And here is Sir Terry's farewell speech:

This is it, then. This is the day I have been dreading - the inevitable morning when you and I come to the parting of the ways, the last Wake Up To Wogan.

It wasn't always thus. For the first 12 years it was the plain old Terry Wogan Show and you were all Twits, the Terry Wogan is Tops Society.

When I returned to the bosom of our family, it became Wake Up To Wogan and you all became TOGs, Terry's Old Geezers and Gals.

It's always been a source of enormous pride to me that you have come together in my name, that you are proud to call yourself my listeners, that you think of me as a friend, someone that you are close enough to laugh with, to poke fun at and occasionally, when the world seemed just a little too cruel, to shed a tear with.

And the years together with you have not only been a pleasure but a privilege. You have allowed me to share your lives with you. When you tell me how important I have been in your lives it's very moving. You have been every bit as important in mine.

We have been though at least a couple of generations together, for many of you - your children, like mine, now have children of their own. And your support for Children In Need has been consistent and magnificent. You've baked the bakes, you've held the quizzes, you've sold the calendars, you've packed the CDs and the DVDs. You've answered the phones - always there when we've called on you, unheralded and unsung. And if anybody embodies the generous, warm spirit of this country it's you, my listeners.

I am not going to pretend that this is not a sad day - you can probably hear it in my voice. I am going to miss the laughter and the fun of our mornings together. I know you are going to welcome Chris Evans with the same generosity of spirit that you have always shown me.

So, I am going to miss you, until we are together again in February, have a happy Christmas.

Thank you, thank you for being my friend.

0928 And the final song is The Party's Over by Anthony Newley. "Now you must wake up, all dreams must end."

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