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Britatin's Greatest Magician: Paul Daniels - Channel 5

Saturday 7th July
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A look back at the highlights of Paul Daniels' decades-long career as a TV magician, via interviews with his celebrity fans, friends and family

A fond, fun tribute to an irrepressible one-off entertainer.

Imagine a magic show running for 15 years on prime Saturday night TV these days.

But that’s what Paul Daniels managed between 1979 and 1994.


Paul performing in 1981

This welcome reshowing of a 2017 documentary tells us how a shy Middlesbrough lad became Britain’s most popular magician, starting back in 1949 on a family holiday where an 11-year-old Paul was first bitten by the bug.

His wife Debbie McGee, Paul’s sons and fellow wand wavers David Copperfield, Penn and Teller and Stephen Mulhern are among those stepping up to praise a much missed entertainer in this well-made tribute.

Paul pops up again, alongside the likes of Dynamo, Derren Brown and David Blaine in TV’s 50 Greatest Magic Tricks (Channel 5, 9pm).

TV Times rating: ****