Terry Wogan Memorial

Terry Wogan in 1994. (c) BBC

Terry Wogan in 1994. (c) BBC

Peter performed the song That’ll Do at a Service of Thanksgiving for the Life and Work of much-loved broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan on Tuesday 27 September at Westminster Abbey, accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Black Dyke Mills Band.

Sir Terry died in January 2016 after what his family said was “a short but brave battle with cancer”.

That’ll Do, written by Randy Newman and originally recorded for the film Babe: Pig in the City, was one of Sir Terry’s favourite songs. In fact, when Sir Terry was a castaway on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs on New Year’s Day 2012 it was That’ll Do that he chose as his favourite song, saying; “It kind of epitomises my attitude, which is that the only thing that really matters in the world is kindness”.

Of Sir Terry, Peter says “Wogan was one of those figures that we all grew up with in the U.K. He seemed to have always been there like an old apple tree in the garden… His relaxing manner and silky voice charmed and calmed, but under that surface lay a well chiselled intelligence and a dark Irish wit. He was a unique blend of warmth and mischief. This reached its peak regularly in the Eurovision Song Contest, when the nation tuned in to see an arsenal of hilarious missiles launched from his relaxed commentary. He will be badly missed” 

The 27 September 2016 marked the 50th anniversary of Sir Terry’s first broadcast for the BBC.

The service was broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 and is available to listen to again. That’ll Do starts at 52mins.

Listen to Desert Island Discs with Sir Terry Wogan where he chose That’ll Do.

In 1987 Terry Wogan interviewed Peter, alongside Donald and Wendy Woods, on his BBC1 chat show Wogan around the time of the re-release of Biko and the film release of Cry Freedom.