Watching Channel 4's Cutting Edge Series 'Living With Brucie' confirms everything I had thought about Mr Showbiz. The programme showed a day-to-day glimpse into the 'real' Bruce Forsyth and his wife (ex Miss World) Wilnelia Merced or Winnie for short. It didn't so much capture the real Bruce as Brucie was very careful to script every move and even rehearse speaking to the camera. In his scripted moments, Brucie seemed careful to cultivate the image of the Mr Bruce Forsyth - chivalrous romantic, consummate professional, championship golfer. In his unguarded moments he appeared vain, self-absorbed, tetchy, age and appearance obsessed, a little OCD-ish and a little boorish. His wife comes across as genuinely lovely if not a tad too patient for her own good. She indulges Brucie his foibles but the pay-off appears to be a lack of having to do anything other than look perfectly magnificent at all times for Brucie to admire. Winnie after all has a Miss World and catwalk model reputation to live up to. She met Brucie when she was 21 and he was a twice divorced 53 year old with a dodgy taste in rugs and catchphrases. They must be doing something right because they've remained married 30 years.
It's like Mrs. Merton once said to Debbie Magee.. 'So Debbie... what was that first attracted you to millionaire Paul Daniels?'.