Brucie picked to host one-off BBC variety show later in year

Sir Bruce Forsyth is to host a one-off variety show for BBC1 – his first new presenting role since stepping down as the host of Strictly Come Dancing.

He will front a programme in which household-name stars will pay tribute to the artists who inspired their own careers.

The programme, Bruce Forsyth’s Hall Of Fame, is to be screened on a Saturday night later this year.

Sir Bruce, 86, said: “As soon as I heard about this, I thought it was a wonderful idea. I can’t help being excited.”

Executive producer Jane Lush – who helped to launch Strictly when she worked for the BBC – said: “I couldn’t be more excited to be working again with Sir Bruce exactly 10 years since we first embarked on the Strictly Come Dancing adventure together.”

Sir Bruce announced in April that he was leaving Strictly after a decade as host, with co-host Tess Daly teaming up with Claudia Winkleman for the next series, expected to launch in September.