Film critic dies, aged 83

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Film critic Barry Norman has died at the age of 83, his family has said.

The journalist and former BBC presenter died in his sleep on Friday night.

A statement from his daughters, Samantha and Emma, described him as “remarkable” and added: “He had a great life, a wonderful marriage and an enviable career.”

BBC director-general Tony Hall said: “Barry Norman was a first class presenter and critic.

Film buffs always found his programmes essential viewing. “He dominated broadcasting about films for a generation with wit and great knowledge.

He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family and friends.”