‘He loved to have dinner with the crew and share stories’

‘He loved to have dinner with the crew and share stories’
Mason McQueen, Sharon Collins and Terry Wogan for ‘Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip’

TV Production Manager Sharon Collins, from Harrow, has worked in the industry for seven years and worked her way up from runner to Production Manager. Her father is from Cork and her mother was born in Glasgow to parents from Donegal and Tipperary. She recalls working with Terry.

I was very privileged to have worked with the legendary Sir Terry three times, BBC’s Terry Wogan’s Ireland, Children in Need and most recently his last ever TV series filmed last summer Terry and Mason’s GreatFood Trip.

I have worked in television for seven years now but I will never forget the day I got the job on Terry Wogan’s Ireland, As soon as I met Terry at Dun Laoghaire port I knew he was going to be as lovely as he appeared on television and radio.

Terry was always impressed by the passion I had for everything Irish, GAA Rugby and Irish music and dance, He was so proud to be a Limerick man and I understood just how passionate his was about Ireland when we filmed all over Limerick, Cork, Sligo, Fermanagh and many of the other counties for the series.

‘He loved to have dinner with the crew and share stories’
The evening Sir Terry bought my parents dinner at the Strand Hotel in Limerick

His love for Children in Need was apparent in every meeting and rehearsal we had.

Terry was by far the nicest presenter I have ever met, he was so kind and always so caring and such a pleasure to work with.

He got to know me and my family well and always asked after my parents whenever I would see or speak to him. I loved the evenings we would share at the end of filming days, he always loved to sit down and have dinner with the crew and share lots of stories about his fifty years in broadcasting as well as the love he had for his family and particularly his grandchildren.

He was the prime example of a true Irish gentleman. He was highly talented at anything he did but also had the greatest charm and wit, he constantly reminded the filming crew while filming Food Trip he had a “racing snake figure” and he could eat anything, which always made us laugh.

Terry would talk and the world would happily listen, he was and will always be remembered as a born entertainer, one of the greats. I will cherish the memories I had with Terry, the laughs, the lessons he taught me and the many humorous emails he sent me.

He wasn’t the broadcaster Sir Terry to me, he was Terry, my friend.

Sleep well in heaven dear Terry RIP X

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