End credits roll after 47 years on BBC’s flagship ‘Film’ show made famous by Barry Norman 

For decades it was the only way to see which blockbusters were on the way to the big screen, with the late Barry Norman’s wit bringing the trailers to life.

But long-running BBC review programme the Film Show is being canned, as the broadcaster seeks to find a new ‘approach’ to arts coverage in the age of the internet.

Film 2018 will be the final series of the show, which first aired in 1971 and was presented by Norman, who died last year, for 26 years. 

Film 2018 will be the final series of the show, which first aired in 1971 and was presented by Norman, who died last year, for 26 years

Film 2018 will be the final series of the show, which first aired in 1971 and was presented by Norman, who died last year, for 26 years

Film 2018 will be the final series of the show, which first aired in 1971 and was presented by Norman, who died last year, for 26 years

He was followed by Jonathan Ross for 11 years, before Claudia Winkleman took over for a six-year stint. 

For decades it was the only way to see which blockbusters were on the way to the big screen, with the late Barry Norman’s wit bringing the trailers to life

For decades it was the only way to see which blockbusters were on the way to the big screen, with the late Barry Norman’s wit bringing the trailers to life

For decades it was the only way to see which blockbusters were on the way to the big screen, with the late Barry Norman’s wit bringing the trailers to life

It had a rotating roster of presenters since her 2016 departure. 

The end of the Film Show was first reported in Radio Times magazine, but the BBC is yet to confirm any new-look film show.

A spokesman said: ‘In 2019 we will be creating an enhanced offer for lovers of film both on television and online which will be a more consistent approach across the year and will replace the Film Show. 

‘We’re still working through the details and will have more news about what this will look like soon. Those interested in film can also watch and listen to other film programming across the BBC…’

Norman fronted the programme from its second series in 1972 until 1998, when he left to host a similar satellite TV show.

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