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Brucie reveals love of politics
Bruce Forsyth
Mr Forsyth has been in show business since the 1940s
Entertainer Bruce Forsyth has revealed that he loves watching prime minister's questions, describing the House of Commons battles as "pure vaudeville".

He told the Radio Times that the verbal jousting of David Cameron and Gordon Brown reminded him of the comedians Frankie Howerd and Les Dawson.

"Prime minister's questions, that's two guys getting it on there," Mr Forsyth, who hosts Strictly Come Dancing, said.

He even records the weekly half-hour sessions, he added.

Mr Forsyth, who turns 80 on Friday, has been in show business for more than 60 years, hosting programmes such as Sunday Night at the London Palladium, the Generation Game and Play Your Cards Right.

He has presented Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One since 2004.


In an interview with Jeremy Vine for the Radio Times, Mr Forsyth said: "Prime minister's questions, that's two guys getting it on there. At times it's pure variety, pure vaudeville.

"It's all the people I used to work with, Frankie Howerd and Les Dawson. I love it, that's why I tape it. Last week I forgot, and I was furious for the rest of the day."

(Clockwise from top left) David Cameron, Frankie Howerd, Les Dawson, Gordon Brown
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But this oversight became a blessing to the makers of BBC One's late-night political show This Week.

Mr Forsyth said: "I rang them [the BBC] to ask for a tape of the prime minister's questions I'd missed, but when I said my name the woman who answered thought it was a crank call.

"Then they realised it really was me."

The programme's staff then booked the entertainer to share his political views - other commitments allowing he is expected to appear in April.

It is not the first time that This Week, fronted by Andrew Neil, has tangoed with the sequinned world of ballroom dancing.

In December, the then acting Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable performed a routine with Alesha Dixon, the winner of the last series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Mr Forsyth, also famed for his love of golf and catchphrases such as "Points mean prizes" and "Nice to see to, to see you - nice", was awarded an OBE in 1998 and a CBE in 2006.

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