We were so shocked to hear of the death of Dale Winton. The 62-year-old presenter was most loved for his Supermarket Sweep programme as well as presenting many other popular shows such as Hole in the Wall, Celebrity Fit Club and the Great British Song Contest. Here, we take a look back at just some of the reasons we loved the presenter.
Paul O'Grady remembers his close friend Dale
Many of Dale Winton's close friends have expressed their sorrow this week following the stars shocking death. One celebrity in particular who will miss Dale is Paul O'Grady. The 62-year-old has written an open letter in The Daily Mail newspaper, reminiscing about the close relationship he had with Dale Winton and Cilla Black, and the fun times they spent at Cilla's house in Spain.
“One time, 20 years ago, he was the one making sure Cilla was in bed early and I was the bad one who was out partying until 5am. It was a joke between the three of us, he was Nurse Winton and I was Nurse Savage.”
Remembering his friend, Paul added: “He didn’t have a bad bone in his body. It amazed me he had so much time for members of the public. He was always so jolly.”
From 1993 to 2000, Dale presented the very popular gameshow, Supermarket Sweep. The three teams of two had to answer as many questions as they could with the more correct answers meaning you had more time to do a big sweep round the supermarket.
With various bonus rounds, the super sweep, inflatables, and not forgetting the penalties if you break items or for "knocking over the cameraman" as Dale would say, the game made hilarious TV for daytime viewers.
Hole in the Wall
"Bring on the wall!" Dale would shout as a huge wall with a very interesting hole shape would edge closer towards a celebrity who had to get their body into that exact shape. The show was first hosted by Dale with Strictly's Anton Du Beke and former cricketer Darren Gough as the team leaders.
After the shapes in the walls became harder, the winning team would win £10,000 to donate to their chosen charity. After the first series, Anton gave up his role of team leader to become the host, replacing the lovely Dale.
Pick of the Pops
Did you know Dale was originally a London DJ before he became a TV presenter? This meant Dale was a natural when it came to radio and presented the popular Radio 2 show, Pick of the Pops for ten years between 2000 and 2010.
The chart countdown show was very popular, however Dale had to bow out of the role in 2010 due to other work commitments when he was replaced by Tony Blackburn.