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Magnus Magnusson

12 October 1929 to 7 January 2007

As the interrogator-host of BBC TV's Mastermind (1972-1997), Magnusson combined authority with a sense of control and innate fairness. This, though, was only a part of the former print journalist's broadcasting output. He presented Tonight in the 1960s, the archaeological series Chronicle (1966-1978) and historical documentaries such as Vikings! (1980).