Norman, Barry

Norman, Barry
   b. 1933, London
   Film critic
   Barry Norman is a witty, popular and sometimes populist British cinema critic, the son of film producer-director Leslie Norman. He is best known for the BBC movie review programme Film. Aside from a brief detour during his wild-erness years as presenter of Omnibus (1982), Norman has stuck to what he seems to enjoy best: writing and talking about movies, through television (for example, The Hollywood Greats (1978–9)) and books (Barry Norman’s 100 Greatest Movies (1995)). Broadcast since 1972, Film’s mainstream selection of big hitters and Norman’s avuncular presentational style continue to draw steady audiences despite challenges from brash and livelier review shows, and Norman was never usurped as he coasted home in his autumn years to retirement from the BBC in 1998 and a move to satellite.
   See also: film reviews

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