My biography:

Writer and broadcaster, son of film director/producer Leslie Norman (The Cruel Sea, Dunkirk etc). Show business editor of the Daily Mail until made redundant in 1971 - a huge insult at the time but, in retrospect, the nicest thing the Mail ever did for him. Subsequently freelance humourous columnist for The Guardian, TV critic/ feature writer for The Times and scriptwriter for the Flook strip cartoon in the Daily Mail, then writer/presenter of BBC’s movie review programme Film 72 - 98, also writer and presenter of numerous BBC TV documentaries including The Hollywood Greats, The Film Greats, The Movie Greats and Talking Pictures. Rejected proffered BBC contract in 1998 to join Sky TV, never again to be spoken to by any member of the BBC hierarchy. On radio has presented, among others, the Today programme on Radio 4, Going Places and Breakaway and was the first chairman of The News Quiz. More recently has written/presented radio documentaries on Sidney Poitier and the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival. Turns up from time to time in dictionary corner on Countdown and also presents a one-man show in small theatres all over Britain. A second edition of ‘Barry Norman’s Interactive Film Quiz‘ DVD is on sale for this Christmas. Meanwhile, he has written ten novels and nine other books (mostly film related).