All Seasons

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

  • S05E01 Evelyn Laye

    • August 31, 1959
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Actress and singer, Evelyn Laye .

  • S05E02 Donald Caskie

    • September 7, 1959
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Church of Scotland minister, Donald Caskie .

  • S05E03 Eva Turner

    • September 14, 1959
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Soprano, Eva Turner .

  • S05E04 Billy Butlin

    • September 21, 1959
    • ITV

  • S05E05 James Slater

    • September 28, 1959
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Muscular Atrophy sufferer, James Slater .

  • S05E06 Edmund Arbuthnott

    • October 5, 1959
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Clergyman and charity worker, Edmund Arbuthnott .

  • S05E07 Louis Langford

    • October 12, 1959
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Traveller and entrepreneur , Louis Langford .

  • S05E08 O P Jones

    • October 19, 1959
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Pioneering civil aviation pilot , O P Jones .

  • S05E09 Richard Hearne

    • October 26, 1959
    • ITV

  • S05E10 Francoise Rigby

    • November 2, 1959
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Belgian resistance fighter , Francoise Rigby .

  • S05E11 John Barclay

    • November 9, 1959
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Co-founder of International Help for Children , John Barclay .

  • S05E12 Tom Drake

    • November 16, 1959
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Warden of Queen Elizabeth Home for the Blind, Torquays ,Thomas Drake.

  • S05E13 William Merrilees

    • November 23, 1959
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Chief Constable of Lothian and Peebles , William Merrilees.

  • S05E14 John Lord

    • November 30, 1959
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Regimental Sergeant Major at Sandhurst, John Lord.

  • S05E15 Russ Conway

    • December 7, 1959
    • ITV

  • S05E16 Stanley Bishop

    • December 14, 1959
    • ITV

  • S05E17 Leonard Stanmore

    • December 21, 1959
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Taxi driver who cared for homeless children, Leonard Stanmore.

  • S05E18 Arthur Askey

    • December 28, 1959
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Comedian, Arthur Askey .

  • S05E19 Robert Oldfield

    • January 4, 1960
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Royal Navy stoker in the Battle of the River Plateen, Robert Oldfield.

  • S05E20 Alicia Markova

    • January 11, 1960
    • ITV

  • S05E21 Frederic Morena

    • January 18, 1960
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Co-founder of the British Polio Fellowship, Frederic Morena.

  • S05E22 Hilda Rowcliffe

    • January 25, 1960
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Humanitarian at Dunkirk, Hilda Rowcliffe.

  • S05E23 Thomas Salmon

    • February 1, 1960
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Award-winning Church Army volunteer from Antigua , Thomas Salmon.

  • S05E24 Harry Welchman

    • February 8, 1960
    • ITV

  • S05E25 Harry Webb

    • February 15, 1960
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Founder of The Stonehouse Gang, Harborne, Harry Webb.

  • S05E26 Nat Gonella

    • February 22, 1960
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Jazz trumpeter and band leader , Nat Gonella.

  • S05E27 David Barclay

    • February 29, 1960
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Pilot for Scottish Airways - flew wartime mercy missions , David Barclay.

  • S05E28 Richard Todd

    • March 7, 1960
    • ITV

  • S05E29 Thomas Bodkin

    • March 14, 1960
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Irish professor of culture , Thomas Bodkin.

  • S05E30 Gracie Fields

    • March 21, 1960
    • ITV

  • S05E31 Michael Ansell

    • March 28, 1960
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Leader of equestrian sport in Britain ,Michael Ansell.

Season 6

  • S06E01 Group Captain Leonard Cheshire

    • September 19, 1960
    • ITV

  • S06E02 George Bennett

    • September 26, 1960
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Charity worker with the Wayfarers Society, George Bennett.

  • S06E03 David Sheppard

    • October 3, 1960
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Clergyman and cricketer David Sheppard.

  • S06E04 Dame Sybil Thorndike

    • October 10, 1960
    • ITV

  • S06E05 Clarence Wolfe

    • October 17, 1960
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Clergyman and warden of Aberlour Orphanage, Clarence Wolfe .

  • S06E06 Charles Coward

    • October 24, 1960
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Royal Artillery soldier Charles Corward.

  • S06E07 T.E.B. Clarke

    • October 31, 1960
    • ITV

  • S06E08 Helene Jeanty-Raven

    • November 7, 1960
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Belgian resistance fighter Helene Jeanty-Raven.

  • S06E09 Cyril Smith- Pianist

    • November 14, 1960
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Concert pianist Cyril Smith.

  • S06E10 Victor De Spiganovicz

    • November 21, 1960
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Writer and humanitarian Victor De Spiganovicz.

  • S06E11 Bill Hartley

    • November 28, 1960
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal Officer Bill Hartley .

  • S06E12 Ellen Martha Field

    • December 5, 1960
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Humanitarian Ellen Martha Field.

  • S06E13 Anthony Deane-Drummond

    • December 12, 1960
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Royal Signals Officer with the airborne forces, Anthony Deane-Drummond.

  • S06E14 John Mills

    • December 19, 1960
    • ITV

  • S06E15 Richard Bancroft

    • December 26, 1960
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Postman Richard Bancroft.

  • S06E16 Freddie Mills

    • January 2, 1961
    • ITV

  • S06E17 William Simpson

    • January 9, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Royal Air Force bomber pilot and journalist William Simpson.

  • S06E18 Alan Herbert

    • January 16, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Novelist, playwright and law reform activist, Alan Herbert.

  • S06E19 Madame Vacani

    • January 23, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Novelist, Dancing teacher to the Royal Princesses, Madame Vacani .

  • S06E20 Elizabeth Ambridge

    • January 30, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Adoptive mother, Elizabeth Ambridge .

  • S06E21 Danny Blanchflower and Robert Fawcus

    • February 6, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews was due to tel the story of Danny Blanchflower, once surprised he refused to take part so a standby program where Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the General Practitioner in Chard, Somerset, Robert Fawcus was then shown.

  • S06E22 Flora Robson

    • February 13, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Actress, Flora Robson .

  • S06E23 Edward Chad Varah

    • February 20, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Founder of The Samaritans, Edward Chad Varah.

  • S06E24 James Zarb

    • February 27, 1961
    • ITV

  • S06E25 Maryan Rawicz and Walter Landauer

    • March 6, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Pianists Maryan Rawicz and Walter Landauer.

  • S06E26 James Chipperfield

    • March 13, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Circus animal trainer, James Chipperfield.

  • S06E27 Anthony Kimmins

    • March 20, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Actor and film-maker, Anthony Kimmins.

  • S06E28 Thomas Cosmo Jones

    • March 27, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Ex-Seaman, Thomas Cosmo Jones.

  • S06E29 Jessie Matthews

    • April 3, 1961
    • ITV

  • S06E30 Helen Wilson

    • April 10, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Missionary in China, Helen Wilson.

  • S06E31 Charlie Chester

    • April 17, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Comedian, Charlie Chester.

  • S06E32 Brunel Cohen

    • April 24, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Politician and double amputee , Brunel Cohen.

  • S06E33 Godfrey Winn

    • May 1, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Journalist, writer and actor, Godfrey Winn .

  • S06E34 Billy Wright

    • May 8, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Footballer, Billy Wright.

Season 7

  • S07E01 Max Bygraves

    • October 2, 1961
    • ITV

  • S07E02 Father Mano Borrelli

    • October 9, 1961
    • ITV

  • S07E03 Colonel Alastair Pearson

    • October 16, 1961
    • ITV

  • S07E04 Brian Rix

    • October 23, 1961
    • ITV

  • S07E05 Derek Dooley

    • October 30, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Actor Derek Dooley.

  • S07E06 Elizabeth Twistington Higgins

    • November 6, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Polio stricken dancer and artist, Elizabeth Twistington Higgins.

  • S07E07 Sandy Macpherson

    • November 13, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the theatre organist, Sandy Macpherson .

  • S07E08 Ronald Menday

    • November 20, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Highland Light Infantry OfficerHighland Light Infantry Officer, Ronald Menday.

  • S07E09 Harry Day

    • November 27, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Royal Marine and Royal Air Force pilot, Harry Day.

  • S07E10 Peter Finch

    • December 4, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Actor, Peter Finch.

  • S07E11 Charlie Drake

    • December 11, 1961
    • ITV

  • S07E12 Timothy Cain

    • December 18, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Survivor of destroyer HMS Electra, Timothy Cain.

  • S07E13 Isabella Woodford

    • December 25, 1961
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Nurse and matron to Army Officers, Isabella Woodford.

  • S07E14 David Park

    • January 1, 1962
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Scottish miner, David Park.

  • S07E15 Sefton Delmer

    • January 8, 1962
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Journalist and foreign correspondent, Sefton Delmer.

  • S07E16 Coco the Clown

    • January 15, 1962
    • ITV

  • S07E17 Jenny Gleed

    • January 22, 1962
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Cockney pub landlady, Jenny Gleed.

  • S07E18 Arthur E Davies

    • January 29, 1962
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Founder and musical director of Luton Girls' Choir, Arthur E Davies .

  • S07E19 Tom Evans

    • February 5, 1962
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Royal Navy officer, Tom Evans .

  • S07E20 David Pelham James

    • February 12, 1962
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Politician, author and adventurer, David Pelham James .

  • S07E21 Kenneth Horne

    • February 19, 1962
    • ITV

  • S07E22 Marie Rambert

    • February 26, 1962
    • ITV

  • S07E23 David Butler

    • March 5, 1962
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the School boy - injured in mortar bomb explosion, David Butler .

  • S07E24 Glen Moody

    • March 12, 1962
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Welsh light heavyweight boxer, Glen Moody.

  • S07E25 Kenneth Cooke

    • March 19, 1962
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Ship's carpenter on SS Lulworth Hill, Kenneth Cooke.

  • S07E26 Tom Breakes

    • March 26, 1962
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Fireman, Tom Breakes.

  • S07E27 Dora Bryan

    • April 2, 1962
    • ITV

  • S07E28 Bob Oatway

    • April 9, 1962
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Scrap merchant and charity worker , Bob Oatway.

  • S07E29 Acker Bilk

    • April 16, 1962
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Clarinetist and jazz musician , Acker Bilk.

  • S07E30 Hester Meakin

    • April 23, 1962
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Scottish district nurse , Hester Meakin.

  • S07E31 Joe Filliston

    • April 30, 1962
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the 100 year old cricketer , Joe Filliston.

  • S07E32 Ellaline Terriss

    • May 7, 1962
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Actress and singer, Ellaline Terriss.

Season 8

  • S08E01 Rupert Davies

    • October 2, 1962
    • BBC

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Actor and former prisoner-of-war Rupert Davies.

  • S08E02 Kenneth Revis

    • October 9, 1962
    • BBC

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Royal Engineers bomb disposal officer Kenneth Revis.

  • S08E03 Sydney Macewan

    • October 16, 1962
    • BBC

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Scottish priest and tenor Sydney Macewan.

  • S08E04 Cleo Laine

    • October 23, 1962
    • BBC

  • S08E05 Arthur Baldwin

    • October 30, 1962
    • BBC

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Servant Arthur Baldwin.

  • S08E06 Dame Edith Sitwell

    • November 6, 1962
    • ITV

  • S08E07 Ben Fuller

    • November 13, 1962
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Stage Door keeper at the Windmill Theatre Ben Fuller.

  • S08E08 Robert Macintosh

    • November 20, 1962
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Royal Australian Air Force fighter pilot Robert Macintosh.

  • S08E09 Mabel Lethbridge

    • November 27, 1962
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of Peggy the Chair Girl, Mabel Lethbridge.

  • S08E10 Stephen Behan

    • December 4, 1962
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Irish republican Stephen Behan.

  • S08E11 Ruby Miller

    • December 11, 1962
    • ITV

  • S08E12 Richard Attenborough

    • December 18, 1962
    • BBC

  • S08E13 Daniel Kirkpatrick

    • January 1, 1963
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Coxswain of the Longhope lifeboat on Island of Hoy, Daniel Kirkpatrick .

  • S08E14 Michael Wilson

    • January 8, 1963
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of Michael Wilson who Established Sunfield Children's Home.

  • S08E15 Dick Hoskin

    • January 15, 1963
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Charity worker , Dick Hoskin.

  • S08E16 James Carroll

    • January 22, 1963
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Former East End police sergeant, James Carroll.

  • S08E17 Uffa Fox

    • January 29, 1963
    • ITV

  • S08E18 George Cummins

    • February 5, 1963
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Royal Artillery Officer in World War I, George Cummins.

  • S08E19 Hattie Jacques

    • February 12, 1963
    • BBC

    Eamonn Andrews takes a look into Hattie Jacques's life and career, with contributions from John Le Mesurier, Eric Sykes, Leslie Phillips, Shirley Eaton, Leonard Sachs and Bernard Miles.

  • S08E20 Sam Derry

    • February 19, 1963
    • ITV

  • S08E21 Finlay Currie

    • February 26, 1963
    • ITV

  • S08E22 Phyllis Lumley

    • March 5, 1963
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Foster Mother, Phyllis Lumley.

  • S08E23 Ben Lyon

    • March 12, 1963
    • BBC

    Eamonn Andrews tells the American actor, Ben Lyon.

  • S08E24 Bertie Tibble

    • March 19, 1963
    • BBC

    Eamonn Andrews tells the Night watcher and blood donor, Bertie Tibble.

  • S08E25 Zena Dare

    • March 26, 1963
    • BBC

    Eamonn Andrews tells the Singer and actress, Zena Dare .

  • S08E26 Victor Willcox

    • April 2, 1963
    • BBC

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Unemployed craftsman featured in a BBC documentary, Victor Willcox .

  • S08E28 Learie Constantine

    • April 16, 1963
    • BBC

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Cricketer, broadcast journalist, lawyer and politician, Learie Constantine.

  • S08E29 Phyllis Holman Richards

    • April 23, 1963
    • BBC

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Founder of an adoption society, Phyllis Holman Richards.

  • S08E30 Michael Bentine

    • April 30, 1963
    • BBC

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the comedian, comic actor and member of The Goons, Michael Bentine.

  • S08E31 Joe Loss

    • May 7, 1963
    • BBC

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Musician and orchestra leader, Joe Loss.

  • S08E32 Gladys Aylward

    • May 14, 1963
    • BBC

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Evangelical Christian missionary to China, Gladys Aylward.

Season 9

  • S09E01 Stratford Johns

    • October 3, 1963
    • ITV

  • S09E02 Alice Stern

    • October 10, 1963
    • ITV

  • S09E03 Lord Boothby

    • October 17, 1963
    • ITV

  • S09E04 Bessie Love

    • October 24, 1963
    • ITV

  • S09E05 Joan Stanton

    • October 31, 1963
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Blind pianist Joan Stanton.

  • S09E06 Harry Worth

    • November 7, 1963
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Comedian Harry Worth.

  • S09E07 John Dodd

    • November 14, 1963
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Former prisoner-of-war and charity worker John Dodd.

  • S09E08 Ralph Reader

    • November 21, 1963
    • ITV

  • S09E09 Albert Guerisse pt 1

    • November 28, 1963
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the first part of story of the Belgian resistance fighter Albert Guerisse.

  • S09E10 Albert Guerisse pt 2

    • December 5, 1963
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the 2nd part of the story of the Belgian resistance fighter Albert Guerisse.

  • S09E11 Margaret Lockwood

    • December 12, 1963
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Actress Margaret Lockwood.

  • S09E12 Franklin Day

    • December 19, 1963
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Teenager blinded in an accident, Franklin Day.

  • S09E13 Frederick Spencer Chapman pt 1

    • January 2, 1964
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the 1st part of the of the story of the British Army officer in Japanese occupied Malaya Frederick Spencer Chapman.

  • S09E14 Frederick Spencer Chapman pt 2

    • January 9, 1964
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the 2nd part of the of the story of the British Army officer in Japanese occupied Malaya Frederick Spencer Chapman.

  • S09E15 Thora Hird

    • January 16, 1964
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Actress Thora Hird.

  • S09E16 Evelyn Bark

    • January 23, 1964
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the Director of International Affairs for the Red Cross Evelyn Bark.

  • S09E17 Madge Watson and Elsie Wood

    • January 30, 1964
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Superintendents for the Royal National Mission of Deep Sea Fishermen Madge Watson and Elsie Wood.

  • S09E18 Petula Clark

    • February 6, 1964
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the Actress and singer Petula Clark.

  • S09E19 Derek McCulloch: Uncle Mac

    • February 13, 1964
    • ITV

  • S09E20 Bert Matthews

    • February 20, 1964
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the Pearly King and charity worker Bert Matthews.

  • S09E21 Ted Moult

    • February 27, 1964
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Farmer and broadcaster Ted Moult.

  • S09E22 Dot Palmer

    • March 5, 1964
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Foster mother Dot Palmer.

  • S09E23 Teddy Winn

    • March 12, 1964
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the RSPCA inspector Teddy Winn.

  • S09E24 Barbara Mullen

    • March 19, 1964
    • ITV

  • S09E25 Paul Burrough

    • March 26, 1964
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Clergyman and former prisoner-of-war Paul Burrough.

  • S09E26 Sydney Scroggie

    • April 2, 1964
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Disabled hill walker, writer and poet Sydney Scroggie.

  • S09E27 Ninette De Valois

    • April 9, 1964
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Founder of the Royal Ballet Ninette De Valois.

  • S09E28 Dominique Pire

    • April 16, 1964
    • ITV

    Eamonn Andrews tells the story of the Belgian friar and recipient of Nobel Peace Prize, Dominique Pire.

  • S09E29 Olivia de Havilland

    • April 23, 1964
    • ITV

  • S09E30 Mary Hawkins

    • April 30, 1964
    • ITV

Season 10

Season 11

Season 12

  • S12E01 George Best

    • November 17, 1971
    • ITV

    George Best, footballer, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in a nightclub in London’s West End. Born and brought up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, George began his club career in England with Manchester United, who had spotted his talent at the age of 15. In 1968 he won the European Cup with United, and was named the European Footballer of the Year. He also played as a winger for the Northern Ireland national team. He is described by the team's governing body, the Irish Football Association, as the "greatest player to ever pull on the green shirt of Northern Ireland". Such was George’s talent and charisma that he became one of the first celebrity footballers.

  • S12E06 Les Dawson

    • December 22, 1971
    • ITV

  • S12E07 Doris Hare

    • December 29, 1971
    • ITV

  • S12E26 Lulu

    • May 10, 1972
    • ITV

Season 13

  • S13E01 Pat Pheonix

    • November 15, 1972
    • ITV

    Pat was the very first Coronation Street resident to become a subject of This Is Your Life - surprised on the set of the soap - outside number 11 - when Eamonn swapped places with her screen (and later real-life) husband Alan Browning, while recording a scene which also included Peter Adamson. Among Pat's guests is comedian Sandy Powell.

  • S13E02 Bill Griffiths

    • ITV

  • S13E03 Shirley Bassey

    • November 29, 1972
    • ITV

    Shirley Bassey, singer, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at Heathrow Airport. Shirley was born the youngest of seven children, in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, and after leaving school found work in a local factory packing saucepans, boosting her income by singing in local pubs and clubs in the evenings and at weekends. She signed her first professional contract in 1953, and within a few years was touring Britain and achieving chart success with recordings such as Kiss Me, Honey Honey, Kiss Me and As I Love You.

  • S13E04 Warren Mitchell

    • December 6, 1972
    • ITV

    Warren Mitchell, actor, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the City Lit Institute in London, while playing the saxophone. Warren studied physical chemistry at University College, Oxford, where he met his contemporary, Richard Burton, and together they joined the Royal Air Force in 1944. After the war Warren attended RADA for two years, performing in the evening with London's Unity Theatre, and he soon became established as a versatile professional actor with straight and comedy roles on stage, radio, film and television. In the 1960s, he rose to prominence in the role of bigoted cockney Alf Garnett in the BBC television sitcom Till Death Us Do Part, created by Johnny Speight - a role which won him a Best Television Actor BAFTA in 1967.

  • S13E05 Dudley Moore

    • ITV

  • S13E06 Phyllis Calvert

    • ITV

  • S13E07 Larry Grayson

    • ITV

  • S13E08 Cliver Sullivan

    • ITV

  • S13E09 Bill Shankly

    • ITV

  • S13E10 Willie Carson

    • ITV

  • S13E11 Jack Smethurst

    • ITV

  • S13E12 Mary Peters

    • ITV

  • S13E13 Noelle Gordon

    • ITV

  • S13E14 James Corrigan

    • ITV

  • S13E15 Pat Reid

    • ITV

  • S13E16 Diana Coupland

    • ITV

  • S13E17 Dulcie Gray

    • ITV

  • S13E18 Janet Adams

    • ITV

  • S13E19 Rita Hunter

    • ITV

  • S13E20 Leslie Crowther

    • ITV

  • S13E21 Jimmy Logan

    • ITV

  • S13E22 Spike Milligan

    • April 11, 1973
    • ITV

  • S13E23 Jackie Pallo

    • ITV

  • S13E24 John Gregson

    • ITV

  • S13E25 Jackie Charlton

    • ITV

  • S13E26 Francis O'Leary

    • May 9, 1973
    • ITV

Season 14

Season 15

  • S15E01 Jack Ashley

    • October 10, 1974
    • ITV

  • S15E03 Jack Howarth

    • November 20, 1974
    • ITV

    Jack - who joined Coronation Street soap in 1960 as an original cast member - was a reluctant subject when Eamonn surprised him on the set of the Rovers Return - his response being: “Yes, well I’m going home!” Among those greeting Jack at Thames Television's Euston Road Studios are actors Thora Hird and Arthur Lowe and television producer Johnnie Hamp.

  • S15E06 Richard O'Sullivan

    • December 11, 1974
    • ITV

    Eamonn surprised the comedy actor on location for his current hit ITV sitcom Man About The House, with the help of the show's other stars, who join the tribute. Richard - who had clearly taken advantage of the pre-show champagne - is greeted by, among others, the actor Trevor Howard, who appears to have also partaken of the hospitality drinks!

  • S15E11 Geoff Love

    • January 8, 1975
    • ITV

  • S15E18 Peter Butterworth

    • March 5, 1975
    • ITV

    Peter Butterworth, actor, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in Selfridges department store in central London. During the Second World War, Peter served as a lieutenant in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, and was taken prisoner-of-war after his plane was shot down while flying in an attack off the Dutch coast. He was taken to Stalag Luft III where he began to perform in the camp's entertainment shows, along with fellow prisoners Talbot Rothwell and Rupert Davies. After the war he pursued a career in show business, finding work on television in sketch shows and children’s programmes. He appeared in minor film roles throughout the 1950s and joined the regular cast of the Carry On film series in 1965 with Carry On Cowboy.

  • S15E26 Petula Clark

    • April 15, 1975
    • ITV

    etula Clark, singer and actress, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews during a TV Times magazine awards ceremony at the ATV Studios in Borehamwood. Petula established herself as a child actress and performer during the Second World War, and later would achieve success as a recording artist during the 1950s. The enormous success of the single Downtown in 1964 led to an international career, with a series of popular upbeat hits, such as Colour My World and Don't Sleep in the Subway.

Season 16

Season 17

  • S17E01 Frankie Howerd

    • October 27, 1976
    • ITV

  • S17E17 Alf Pavey

    • February 16, 1977
    • ITV

  • S17E19 Mary Chipperfield

    • March 2, 1977
    • ITV

  • S17E24 John Frost

    • April 6, 1977
    • ITV

  • S17E25 John Inman

    • December 22, 1976
    • ITV

    The comedy actor - known to television viewers as Mr Humphries in the BBC sitcom Are You Being Served? - was in full pantomime dame costume when Eamonn surprised him at the Wimbledon Theatre. At the This Is Your Life studios John is greeted by the rest of the cast from the comedy, along with writers Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft.

Season 18

  • S18E01 Richard Beckinsale

    • November 23, 1977
    • ITV

    Richard Beckinsale, actor, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre. Richard studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and become a professional actor in 1968, working initially in repertory theatre at Crewe. His first starring role in television was in 1970 in the ITV sitcom The Lovers. He gained further fame and recognition appearing in two of British television’s most successful sitcoms at the same time. On ITV, he was playing naive medical student Alan Moore in Rising Damp while also starring alongside Ronnie Barker in BBC's prison sitcom Porridge as Lennie Godber.

  • S18E02 Peter Ustinov

    • November 30, 1977
    • ITV

  • S18E03 Virgina Wade

    • December 7, 1977
    • ITV

  • S18E06 Bob Paisley

    • December 28, 1977
    • ITV

  • S18E10 Barry Sheene

    • January 25, 1978
    • ITV

  • S18E17 Ian Hendry

    • ITV

Season 19

  • S19E06 Jimmy Shand

    • November 29, 1978
    • ITV

  • S19E10 Muhammad Ali

    • December 25, 1978
    • ITV

  • S19E11 Vera Lynn

    • January 3, 1979
    • ITV

  • S19E19 Robert Powell

    • February 28, 1979
    • ITV

  • S19E20 Big Daddy

    • March 7, 1979
    • ITV

  • S19E21 Peter Barkworth

    • March 14, 1979
    • ITV

  • S19E22 Robert Law

    • March 21, 1979
    • ITV

  • S19E23 Dinah Sheridan

    • March 28, 1979
    • ITV

  • S19E24 Dr. J.P.R. Williams

    • April 4, 1979
    • ITV

  • S19E26 Ian Ogilvy

    • April 18, 1979
    • ITV

    Ian Ogilvy, actor, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in central London. Ian worked backstage at London’s Royal Court Theatre, before training as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Having graduated from RADA, Ian combined a career in theatre with a film career which saw him appearing in several low budget films, such as Revenge of the Blood Beast and Witchfinder General, both directed by his friend, Michael Reeves. Ian also appeared in many television shows, including a regular role in ITV’s Upstairs, Downstairs, which led, in 1978, to his landing the lead role in the popular ITV series, Return of the Saint.

  • S19E27 Alberto Semprini

    • April 25, 1979
    • ITV

Season 20

  • S20E01 Pat Seed

    • November 28, 1979
    • ITV

  • S20E02 Freddie Trueman

    • December 5, 1979
    • ITV

  • S20E10 George Martin

    • January 30, 1980
    • ITV

    This weeks 'victim' is George Martin, legendary music producer.

  • S20E25 Michael Aspel

    • May 14, 1980
    • ITV

    Michael Aspel, television presenter, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews on the set of Give Us A Clue at Thames Television's Teddington Studios.

Season 21

  • S21E01 Joe Loss

    • October 15, 1980
    • ITV

  • S21E02 Julie Goodyear

    • October 22, 1980
    • ITV

    Julie was also surprised at Euston Station when Eamonn - this time dressed as a waiter - greeted her with the help of her soap colleagues William Roache and Jack Howarth, and the Ilkeston Brass Band. Violet Carson, who plays battleaxe Ena Sharples in the soap, was too ill to travel to London for the show, but sent Julie a telephone message.

  • S21E04 Peter Bowles

    • November 5, 1980
    • ITV

  • S21E08 Janet Brown

    • December 3, 1980
    • ITV

    Famous at the time for her impression of the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, the actress and comedienne was surprised by Eamonn at Thames Television's Euston Road Studios. Some of the victims of Janet’s mimicry skills are part of her guest list – presenter Esther Rantzen, dog-trainer Barbara Woodhouse and Broadway star Carol Channing.

  • S21E15 Brian Jacks

    • January 21, 1981
    • ITV

  • S21E18 Alex Higgins

    • February 11, 1981
    • ITV

    Alex Higgins, snooker player, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at London's Pot Black Club. Belfast born Alex started playing snooker at the age of 11, and aged 19 won the All-Ireland and Northern Ireland Amateur Snooker Championships. He turned professional at the age of 22, winning the World Championship at his first attempt in 1972, becoming the youngest ever winner of the title. Nicknamed 'Hurricane' Higgins because of his fast play, he came to be known as the ‘People’s Champion’ because of his popularity, and is often credited with having brought the game of snooker to a wider audience.

  • S21E23 John Thaw

    • March 18, 1981
    • ITV

    John Thaw, actor, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in the foyer of London's National Theatre. After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, John made his formal stage début in A Shred of Evidence at the Liverpool Playhouse. He later appeared in several episodes of the BBC police series Z Cars, before securing a starring role as a hard-nosed policeman in the ITV series Redcap. John became a highly popular television actor through his role as the hard-bitten, tough talking Flying Squad detective Jack Regan in the successful ITV series The Sweeney.

Season 22

  • S22E01 Bob Champion

    • October 13, 1981
    • ITV

  • S22E05 Cannon and Ball

    • November 11, 1981
    • ITV

    Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball, comedy double act, were surprised by Eamonn Andrews outside London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The duo met in the early 1960s while working as welders in Oldham, Lancashire. They started out as singers working in the pubs and clubs of Greater Manchester, but switched to comedy after being told comics earned an extra £3 a night. Their first television appearance was in 1974 on the variety show, The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club. A later performance on Bruce Forsyth's Big Night, led to ITV offering them their own television series, The Cannon and Ball Show, in July 1979.

  • S22E11 Peter Adamson

    • December 23, 1981
    • ITV

    Eamonn disguised himself as Santa Claus and enlisted the help of Norman Vaughan, Windsor Davies and Melvyn Hayes in order to surprise Peter in London’s Leicester Square. Peter - who was about to appear in pantomime with the aforementioned - was greeted by, among others, actor Leonard Rossiter.

  • S22E12 Kiri Te Kanawa

    • December 25, 1981
    • ITV

  • S22E14 Anita Harris

    • ITV

  • S22E18 Rod Hull

    • February 3, 1982
    • ITV

    Rod Hull, comedian and entertainer, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at Thames Television's Euston Road Studios. After national service with the RAF, Rod qualified as an electrician. He found work as a lighting technician with TCN Channel 9 television in Sydney, after moving to Australia in 1961. He then began regularly appearing in front of the camera, notably on the children's afternoon programmes. Rod first used Emu - a mute, highly aggressive arm-length puppet modelled on the Australian flightless emu bird - in a children’s breakfast programme, The Super Flying Fun Show. The puppet subsequently became a regular part of his comedy routines. He returned to the UK in 1971 and his first UK television appearance came on the ITV show Saturday Variety, but it was his later appearance in the 1972 Royal Variety Performance that provided his springboard to national recognition.

  • S22E25 Peter Davison

    • March 24, 1982
    • ITV

  • S22E26 Douglas Bader

    • March 31, 1982
    • ITV

Season 23

  • S23E01 Ranulph Fiennes

    • October 20, 1982
    • ITV

  • S23E02 Diana Dors

    • October 27, 1982
    • ITV

  • S23E08 Lewis Collins

    • December 8, 1982
    • ITV

    In a nod to the actor's role in the hugely popular ITV television series The Professionals, Eamonn arrives by high speed car to surprise Lewis in a London back street! Co-star Gordon Jackson was on hand to help and pay tribute, while Lewis's on-screen partner Martin Shaw sends a recorded message.

  • S23E09 Marty Wilde

    • December 15, 1982
    • ITV

  • S23E10 Catherine Cookson

    • December 22, 1982
    • ITV

  • S23E11 Alan Wells

    • December 29, 1982
    • ITV

  • S23E12 Stan Stennett

    • January 5, 1983
    • ITV

  • S23E13 Gloria Hunniford

    • January 12, 1983
    • ITV

  • S23E15 Johnny Briggs

    • January 26, 1983
    • ITV

  • S23E18 Kenny Dalglish

    • February 16, 1983
    • ITV

    Eamonn drove a London taxi to a Trusthouse Forte Hotel, somewhere in the capital, to surprise Scotland’s most caped footballer, currently playing for Liverpool FC. Kenny's guests include former Manchester United player Denis Law, and singer Petula Clark and her family.

  • S23E19 Gerald Durrell

    • February 23, 1983
    • ITV

Season 24

  • S24E04 Pat Jennings

    • November 16, 1983
    • ITV

  • S24E12 Matthew Lethbridge

    • January 11, 1984
    • ITV

  • S24E16 Bob Todd

    • February 15, 1984
    • ITV

  • S24E20 Freddie Starr

    • March 14, 1984
    • ITV

    The popular comedian, impressionist and singer - known for his offbeat and unpredictable humour - was surprised by Eamonn at the London Hippodrome. Joining the tribute at the Royalty Theatre is comedian Billy Connolly and singer Englebert Humperdinck, while one half of the comedy duo, Bobby Ball sends a recorded message.

  • S24E21 Kathy Staff

    • March 21, 1984
    • ITV

  • S24E25 Danny La Rue

    • April 18, 1984
    • ITV

Season 25

Season 26

  • S26E01 William Roache

    • October 16, 1985
    • ITV

  • S26E09 Gerry Marsden

    • December 18, 1985
    • ITV

  • S26E11 Chas And Dave

    • December 31, 1985
    • ITV

    The pop rock duo - known for their ‘rockney’ pub singalongs such as Rabbit and The Sideboard Song - were surprised by Eamonn - disguised in a ginger beard - while performing a gig in a London pub. A live-link with comedians Cannon and Ball provides more humour than intended when the sound fails to work!

  • S26E20 Peter Shilton

    • March 19, 1986
    • ITV

  • S26E22 Ted Rogers

    • March 26, 1986
    • ITV

    The comedian best known as presenter of ITV quiz show 321 - which included a booby prize known as Dusty Bin - was surprised by Eamonn in London’s Covent Garden – with the help of several showbusiness personalities dressed as Dusty Bin! French singer Sacha Distel and comedian Jimmy Edwards are among the guests.

  • S26E25 Denis Quilley

    • April 30, 1986
    • ITV

Season 27

  • S27E01 Bill Waddington

    • October 15, 1986
    • ITV

  • S27E02 Robert Foote

    • October 22, 1986
    • ITV

  • S27E07 Joe Johnson

    • November 26, 1986
    • ITV

  • S27E08 Susan George

    • December 3, 1986
    • ITV

    Susan's husband, the actor Simon MacCorkindale, dressed as Father Christmas to provide an additional surprise to Eamonn's big red book, when he ambushed the actress outside the Harrods department store in London. Unusually, this edition includes footage of subject and host arriving at Teddington Studios by car.

  • S27E14 Jack 'Kid' Berg

    • January 14, 1987
    • ITV

  • S27E18 Norman Wisdom

    • February 11, 1987
    • ITV

  • S27E25 William Rushton

    • April 1, 1987
    • ITV

  • S27E26 Gabrielle Drake

    • April 8, 1987
    • ITV

    The story of the Actress Gabrielle Drake

Season 28

  • S28E01 Alan Freeman

    • October 14, 1987
    • ITV

    Alan, who was born in New South Wales, Australia, began his broadcasting career in 1952 in Tasmania. His British career started with Radio Luxembourg, as a summer relief disc jockey where he gained his nickname ‘Fluff’ as a result of a fluffy jumper he often wore. In 1960 Alan joined BBC Radio where he introduced Pick of the Pops for ten years, and at the same time, became one of the original presenters of BBC TV’s Top of the Pops. He left the BBC for Capital Radio in 1979 and revived Pick of the Pops, a show he become synonymous with, along with his catchphrases, ‘Greetings, pop pickers’ ‘Alright? Stay bright!’ and ‘Not arf!’

  • S28E02 Roy Barraclough

    • October 21, 1987
    • ITV

  • S28E03 George Solti

    • October 28, 1987
    • ITV

  • S28E04 Jimmy Cricket

    • November 4, 1987
    • ITV

    Jimmy Cricket, Northern Irish comedian, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews on a central London building site. Jimmy began his comedy career working as a red coat in various holiday camps, initially in Ireland, and then after moving to Manchester, in the north of England. He won the London Weekend Television’s talent show, Search For a Star and was given his own series, And There’s More – named after his best known catchphrase. Jimmy almost always appears in his trademark outfit of cut-off evening trousers, dinner jacket, hat and wellington boots marked L and R for left and right, but worn on the wrong feet. His edition was almost jeopardised by an incredible one-in-a-million chance meeting the day before the surprise. The show was broadcast on the eve of Eamonn Andrews's death, and was, therefore, the last This Is Your Life programme that Eamonn would have watched.

  • S28E05 Kitty Godfree

    • January 6, 1988
    • ITV

  • S28E07 Jane Rossington

    • January 20, 1988
    • ITV

Season 29

  • S29E02 Phil Collins

    • October 26, 1988
    • ITV

    For his first This Is Your Life edition as host, Michael disguised himself as a tramp in order to surprise the musician and singer during a busking session in London’s Covent Garden. Tributes to the Genesis band member and actor come from businessman Richard Branson, musician Bob Geldof and, via a letter, HRH Prince Charles.

  • S29E03 Paul Daniels

    • November 2, 1988
    • ITV

  • S29E04 Tom Finney

    • November 9, 1988
    • ITV

  • S29E07 Englebert Humperdinck

    • November 30, 1988
    • ITV

  • S29E08 Barry McGuigan

    • December 7, 1988
    • ITV

  • S29E10 Harry Corbett & Sooty

    • December 21, 1988
    • ITV

  • S29E19 Nigel Mansell

    • February 22, 1989
    • ITV

    Nigel was surprised by Michael at RAF Scampton whilst flying with the Red Arrows. The racing driver had been active in Formula One since 1980 and was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1986. Those paying tribute include musician Leo Sayer, and fellow racing driver Stirling Moss.

Season 30

Season 31

Season 32

Season 33

  • S33E01 Barbara Windsor

    • September 30, 1992
    • ITV

    Barbara Windsor, actress, was surprised by Michael Aspel during the curtain call of the show Music Hall at the Theatre Royal, Windsor. Barbara made her West End debut in 1952 in the chorus of the musical Love From Judy, and made her film debut in The Belles of St Trinian's in 1954. She joined Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East in 1960, and came to prominence in their stage production of Fings Ain't Wot They Used to Be, which became the film Sparrows Can't Sing, for which Barbara received a Best Actress BAFTA award nomination.

  • S33E03 Frazer Hines

    • October 14, 1992
    • ITV

    Frazer Hines, actor, was surprised by Michael Aspel on the set of the ITV soap opera Emmerdale during a photo shoot to publicise the soap's 20th anniversary. Frazer studied acting at the Corona Theatre School and by the age of 10 had appeared in numerous feature films. From 1957 and throughout the 1960s, he appeared in various television series, including The Silver Sword, Emergency – Ward 10, and Coronation Street.

  • S33E06 Bill Tarmey

    • November 4, 1992
    • ITV

    William Tarmey, actor and singer, was surprised by Michael Aspel while filming a scene for the ITV soap opera Coronation Street, on the set of the Rovers Return. After several years working in the construction industry, Bill's first foray into show business came in 1968 when he started working as a nightclub singer and entertainer in clubs in and around the Manchester area. To supplement his income he took work as an extra at Granada Studios on such television shows as Coronation Street, in which he first appeared as the character of Jack Duckworth in November 1979. Jack became a regular character from 1983 and Bill became a household name as the loveable rogue with a love of pigeons.

  • S33E09 Peter Saunders

    • November 25, 1992
    • ITV

    Das Leben von Theater-Produzent Peter Saunders, der zahlreiche Stücke von Agatha Christie auf die Bühne brachte, darunter "Die Mausefalle".

  • S33E10 Anthony Newley

    • December 2, 1992
    • ITV

  • S33E11 Bert Weedon

    • December 9, 1992
    • ITV

  • S33E12 Glen Murphy

    • December 16, 1992
    • ITV

  • S33E14 John Surtees

    • December 30, 1992
    • ITV

  • S33E15 Shirley Bassey

    • January 6, 1993
    • ITV

  • S33E17 Anthony Jones

    • January 20, 1993
    • ITV

  • S33E18 Lynda Bellingham

    • ITV

    Lynda Bellingham, actress, was surprised by Michael Aspel on the set of the television sitcom Second Thoughts, at London Weekend Television's South Bank studios. Lynda has appeared in many theatre, film and TV roles, including the television drama series All Creatures Great and Small. She is fondly remembered as the head of the family in the Oxo television adverts during the 1980s.

  • S33E19 Frank Bruno

    • February 3, 1993
    • ITV

    The popular heavyweight boxer was surprised by Michael at the London headquarters of Central Television - with the help of comedian Freddie Starr. Future opponent Lennox Lewis is a guest - along with entertainers Roy Castle and Little and Large, and the tribute includes a message from Muhammad Ali, and a letter from HRH Prince Charles.

  • S33E21 Honor Blackman

    • February 17, 1993
    • ITV

  • S33E28 Nat Lofthouse

    • ITV

  • S33E29 Ann Miller

    • ITV

  • S33E30 George Melly

    • ITV

  • S33E31 Jimmy White

    • March 10, 1993
    • ITV

Season 34

Season 35

  • S35E01 Andrew Lloyd Webber

    • November 2, 1994
    • BBC One

  • S35E02 Leslie Crowther

    • November 9, 1994
    • ITV

  • S35E03 Mike Reid

    • November 16, 1994
    • ITV

  • S35E05 Marti Caine

    • November 30, 1994
    • ITV

  • S35E07 Danny Baker

    • December 14, 1994
    • ITV

    Michael surprised his old LWT's Six O’Clock Show colleague during an interview Danny was doing with him for his BBC chat show. Danny’s radio career began with BBC GLR in 1989 after which he moved to the newly launched Radio 5 in 1990, and then on to Radio 1 in 1993. His guests include presenters Jonathan Ross and Jeremy Beadle.

  • S35E11 Arthur C. Clarke

    • January 11, 1995
    • ITV

  • S35E12 Barry Cryer

    • January 18, 1995
    • ITV

  • S35E13 Gretchen Franklin

    • January 25, 1995
    • ITV

  • S35E14 Edward Woodward

    • February 1, 1995
    • ITV

    Edward Woodward, actor, was surprised by Michael Aspel during a photo shoot at Syon House in West London. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Edward spent the first part of his career predominately in the theatre. He achieved national fame through his title role in the highly successful British television spy drama Callan, which ran four series between 1967 and 1972. He made occasional, but memorable appearances in film, notably in the title role of the highly acclaimed 1980 Australian biographical drama Breaker Morant; and in the cult thriller The Wicker Man. Edward was previously honoured by This Is Your Life in 1971.

  • S35E15 Ned Sherrin

    • February 8, 1995
    • ITV

  • S35E16 Spike Milligan

    • February 15, 1995
    • ITV

  • S35E19 June Whitfield

    • March 8, 1995
    • ITV

  • S35E20 Debbie Reynolds

    • March 15, 1995
    • ITV

  • S35E22 Jimmy Hill

    • March 29, 1995
    • ITV

  • S35E23 George Baker

    • April 5, 1995
    • ITV

  • S35E24 James Herbert

    • ITV

  • S35E28 Helen Shapiro

    • May 17, 1995
    • ITV

  • S35E99 INCORRECT - DELETE

    • ITV

Season 36

Season 37

  • S37E01 Steve Redgrave

    • November 20, 1996
    • ITV

  • S37E02 Gary Rhodes O.B.E.

    • ITV

  • S37E03 Toyah Wilcox

    • ITV

  • S37E05 John Motson

    • October 18, 1996
    • ITV

  • S37E06 Jeremy Clarkson

    • ITV

    The journalist and writer - best known as the presenter of the BBC's motoring programme Top Gear - was surprised by Michael, appropriately, at the Motor Show at Birmingham’s NEC. Guests include fellow broadcasters Anne Robinson and Alan Whicker.

  • S37E07 John Rands

    • November 1, 1996
    • ITV

  • S37E08 Jill Dando

    • November 8, 1996
    • ITV

    Jill - a newsreader with the BBC since 1985 whose work also includes presenting such shows as Holiday and Crimewatch - was interrupted by Michael during a recording session at the BBC Television Centre. Among those paying tribute to Jill are pop singer Cliff Richard, broadcaster Julian Pettifer and her Crimewatch colleague Nick Ross.

  • S37E09 Don Black

    • November 15, 1996
    • ITV

  • S37E10 Sue Nicholls

    • November 29, 1996
    • ITV

    Michael caught up with Sue - a regular cast member since 1985 - outside the Street’s hair salon. Her real life husband - and former Street actor - Mark Eden is naturally a guest, while other guests include actors Donald Sinden and Elizabeth Spriggs, and - in a rare appearance - Dame Hilda Bracket’s creator, Patrick Fyffe.

  • S37E13 Noddy Holder

    • ITV

  • S37E14 Thora Hird

    • December 30, 1996
    • ITV

  • S37E15 Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan

    • January 6, 1997
    • ITV

  • S37E19 Ross Kemp

    • February 3, 1997
    • ITV

    Michael sneaked behind the bar of the Queen Vic to surprise the actor who became the show’s resident hardman. Ross joined the soap in 1990 and quickly established himself as a popular character, winning several acting awards during the decade. The tribute includes filmed tributes from Brentford Rugby team and footballer Paul Gascoigne.

  • S37E21 Les Dennis

    • February 17, 1997
    • ITV

    The comedian and actor - remembered for his impressions with comedy partner Dustin Gee on the television series Russ Abbot's Madhouse - was surprised by Michael, at ITV's Central studios, while presenting the gameshow Family Fortunes, which he had fronted since 1987. Comedians Ken Dodd and Freddie Starr are among the guests.

  • S37E23 Richard Whiteley

    • ITV

  • S37E24 Justin Hayward

    • March 10, 1997
    • ITV

    Michael Aspel tells the story of the life and career of the singer-songwriter Justin Hayward, best known as the frontman of The Moody Blues

  • S37E26 Chris Tarrant

    • March 24, 1997
    • ITV

Season 38

  • S38E02 Magnus Magnusson

    • September 8, 1987
    • ITV

    Taxi driver Fred Housego - a former Mastermind winner and This Is Your Life subject - helped Michael spring the surprise on the BBC quiz show presenter at the London home of the Icelandic Ambassador. Magnus had just announced his retirement from fronting the show - famous for its imposing black chair and theme tune - a job he had done since 1972.

  • S38E03 Maureen Rees

    • ITV

    The Welsh cleaner - who became a star of reality television, after appearing in the BBC docusoap Driving School - was surprised by Michael at a central London car wash. Maureen became a household name in Britain after spending hundreds of pounds on lessons and failing the practical driving test several times. She was greeted by Sir Stirling Moss.

  • S38E04 Russ Abbot

    • September 22, 1997
    • ITV

    Michael surprised the comedian and actor on his 50th birthday - during a game of golf at Wentworth. Friends and colleagues from show business and sport gather at London's Langham Hotel to pay tribute - among them are entertainer Bruce Forsyth, comedians Bob Monkhouse and Roy Walker and footballer Pat Jennings.

  • S38E06 Graham Cole

    • October 6, 1997
    • ITV

    Graham Cole, actor, was surprised by Michael Aspel while filming an episode of the ITV police drama series The Bill on location in Colliers Wood, London. Graham began his acting career in repertory theatre and musicals, before gaining regular work on television during the 1980s - making appearances in numerous episodes of the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who. He presented and narrated the police video programme Police Stop! and appeared regularly on the BBC's light entertainment show Noel's House Party. He is best known to television viewers as PC Tony Stamp in the long running and popular ITV police drama series The Bill, a role he first played in 1984.

  • S38E08 Carol Vorderman

    • October 20, 1997
    • ITV

    The co-presenter of Channel 4’s daytime quiz show Countdown was surprised by Michael at London’s Fortune Theatre. Countdown's main presenter Richard Whiteley was among those greeting Carol - who became well known for her mathematical skills - as well as lyricist Sir Tim Rice and comedian Ken Dodd.

  • S38E10 Brian Mosley

    • November 3, 1997
    • ITV

    Bryan - who has played the street's grocer since becoming a regular member of the cast in 1971 - was surprised by Michael during the recording of a scene at number 8 Coronation Street - the home of the Platts. Bryan's show includes tributes from actor Paul Shane, and an actress who made regular appearances on the Street over the years - Kathy Staff.

  • S38E11 Murray Walker

    • November 10, 1997
    • ITV

    Murray Walker, sports commentator, was surprised by Michael Aspel during a promotional video launch at the Sport’s Cafe in London’s Lower Regent Street.

  • S38E12 Cheryl Baker

    • November 17, 1997
    • ITV

    Michael caught up with the television presenter - and former singer with the Eurovision winning pop group Bucks Fizz - on board the Flamont Rose in London's St Katharine's Dock. Cheryl is greeted by athlete Kriss Akabusi, presenter Peter Purves, former stunt performer Eddie Kidd and comedians Hale and Pace.

  • S38E13 Errol Brown

    • November 12, 1997
    • ITV

    Errol Brown, singer and songwriter, was surprised by Michael Aspel – on his birthday - during a personal appearance at the HMV store on London's Oxford Street. Errol was born in Jamaica but moved to the UK with his mother when he was twelve years old. His break into music came in 1969 when he recorded a version of John Lennon's Give Peace a Chance with a band called The Hot Chocolate Band. Renamed Hot Chocolate, the band was signed up by producer Mickie Most in 1970 and, with Errol as the lead singer, released their first single Love is Life which reached number six in the charts. The band had at least one hit every year between 1970 and 1984, making them the only group in the UK to have a hit for 15 consecutive years.

  • S38E16 Clive Hornby

    • December 15, 1997
    • ITV

    This time it’s the 25th anniversary of the show that prompts Michael to disguise himself as Santa Claus in order to surprise the elder Sugden son during filming at West Yorkshire's Wharfedale Hospital. Clive’s tribute includes messages from musicians Gerry Marsden and Rick Wakeman and comedian Ken Dodd.

  • S38E17 Trevor Bannister

    • December 22, 1997
    • ITV

    Michael interrupts another pantomime curtain call - this time Jack and the Beanstalk at Redhill's Harlequin Theatre - to surprise the actor best known for his role as Mr Lucas in the BBC sitcom Are Your Being Served? Trevor is greeted in the studio by playwright Ray Cooney, while Hollywood actors Tony Randall and Jack Klugman send a recorded message.

  • S38E19 Brian Murphy

    • January 5, 1998
    • ITV

    Several of the comedy actor's former colleagues assist Michael in surprising Brian at the King's Head theatre pub in London's Islington. Brian - best known to viewers for his role as George Roper in the ITV sitcoms Man About The House and George and Mildred, is reunited with his co-stars from the comedies: Richard O'Sullivan and Paula Wilcox.

  • S38E22 Julia Watson

    • January 26, 1998
    • ITV

    Michael returned to the BBC's Holby City Hospital, and donned surgeon's green scrubs, to surprise the actress currently playing the role of Baz in the medical drama series Casualty. Julia is greeted by - among others - actors and former This Is Your Life subjects Windsor Davies and Dora Bryan.

  • S38E23 Anne Robinson

    • February 2, 1998
    • ITV

    The journalist - who became famous for her acerbic style of presenting - was caught by Michael during a 'live' broadcast of the BBC's consumer affairs programme Watchdog – a show she had fronted since 1993. Among the celebrities and journalists gathered to pay tribute was the political broadcaster Sir Robin Day.

  • S38E25 Tim Healy

    • February 16, 1998
    • ITV

    Michael disguised himself as a barman at Manchester's Marriott Hotel, in order to surprise the actor during an interview for the regional news programme Northwest Tonight, which included the actress Susan Hampshire. Among those paying tribute to Tim are actors Edward Woodward and Robson Greene and singer Robbie Williams.

Season 39

  • S39E03 Roy Walker

    • September 21, 1998
    • ITV

    The Belfast-born comic and television presenter was surprised by Michael during a recording of his popular television game show, Catchphrase at Carlton TV Studios, in Nottingham. Roy's guests include fellow Irish personalities - snooker’s Dennis Taylor and singer-turned-politician, Dana.

  • S39E05 Christopher Chillell

    • October 5, 1998
    • ITV

    Christopher - who joined Emmerdale in 1986 - was surprised by Michael while shooting a promotional film in a central Leeds hotel. His tribute includes a filmed message from actor Peter O'Toole, whom Christopher worked with in an Old Vic production of Macbeth.

  • S39E06 Barbara Dickson

    • October 12, 1998
    • ITV

    Barbara Dickson, singer and actress, was surprised by Michael Aspel during a party to promote her latest stage show, The Seven Ages of Woman, at the Groucho Club in London. Barbara, who was born in Fife, first started performing in local folk clubs while working for the civil service. An appearance at the Liverpool Everyman in 1974 in Willy Russell's musical John, Paul, Ringo... and Bert led to a recording contract, and the title track of her first album, Answer Me, became a Top 10 hit in 1976. In 1982 her leading role in Willy Russell's new musical Blood Brothers, achieved critical acclaim and she was named Actress of the Year in a Musical by the Society of West End Theatres in 1984. In the same year her duet with Elaine Page, I Know Him So Well, from the musical Chess, became a worldwide hit. During the 1990s, Barbara appeared in various television dramas including Taggart and Band of Gold.

  • S39E07 Frank Thornton

    • October 19, 1998
    • ITV

    Frank Thornton, actor, was surprised by Michael Aspel during a British Comedy Society dinner at Pinewood Studios. The dinner included a celebration of the long running BBC television sitcom Last of the Summer Wine presented by Jeffery Archer.

  • S39E10 Bob Wilson

    • November 9, 1998
    • ITV

    Michael Aspel tells the story of the Broadcaster and former goalkeeper Bob Wilson.

  • S39E13 Rick Wakeman

    • November 30, 1998
    • ITV

    The composer, songwriter and keyboard player – formerly with the band Yes – was surprised by Michael at the BBC Television Centre whilst appearing as a guest on the light entertainment show, The Generation Game. Guests include actors John Inman, Norman Wisdom and Eric Sykes, and from Hollywood, Howard Keel.

  • S39E14 Sue Johnston

    • December 7, 1998
    • ITV

    Sue Johnston, actress, was surprised by Michael Aspel during rehearsals for the play Hindle Wakes at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. Sue, who was born in Warrington, first started acting with the drama group at Pilkington Glass, where she was working, before going on to train at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Her first professional job was in 1965 at the Theatre Royal, St Helen's, and she worked predominantly in theatre during the 1970s including with Theatre in Education at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry.

  • S39E17 Anne Kirkbride

    • December 27, 1998
    • ITV

    Anne Kirkbride, actress, was surprised by Michael Aspel while filming a scene for the ITV soap opera Coronation Street at Granada Studios in Manchester. Anne, who was born in Oldham, first began acting with the Saddleworth junior players before joining the Oldham Theatre Workshop at the age of 14. After leaving school at 16 she secured a job as Assistant Stage Manager with the Oldham Repertory Theatre, where she would appear in over 40 productions. Anne's first television appearance was in the Granada Television produced drama, Another Sunday and Sweet FA, which caught the attention of the producers of Coronation Street. She made her first appearance in the ITV soap opera in the role of Deirdre in November 1972 at the age of only 18, and soon became a household name through such headline grabbing storylines as Deirdre's love triangle in 1983, which attracted over 29 million viewers.

  • S39E19 Damon Hill

    • January 11, 1999
    • ITV

    Damon Hill, racing driver, was surprised by Michael Aspel - with the help of commentator Murray Walker - during a charity cheque presentation for the Downs Syndrome Association at the Landmark Hotel in London. Damon, the son of Formula One World Champion Graham Hill, made his Grand Prix debut at the relatively late age of 31, having spent his earlier years working in construction and racing motorbikes, as well as a being a member of a punk rock band. His big break came in 1991 as test driver for the Williams team, securing the first of his 22 victories at the 1993 Hungarian Grand Prix.

  • S39E20 George Layton

    • January 18, 1999
    • ITV

    The actor and screenwriter - best remembered for his roles in the sitcoms, It Ain't Half Hot Mum and Doctor in the House, and its subsequent spin-offs - was surprised by Michael during a photo shoot at London's Holborn Studios. George - who met his wife at a This Is Your Life party - is greeted by, among others, theatre producer, Bill Kenwright.

  • S39E22 Bill Pertwee

    • February 1, 1999
    • ITV

    The team gather at London's Imperial War Museum where Michael enlists the help of Bill's former colleague, Ian Lavender, from the BBC sitcom Dad's Army, to help surprise the comedy actor - best known as ARP Warden Hodges in the long running series. Among those paying tribute to Bill are fellow actors Bill Maynard, Bernard Cribbins and Paul Shane.

  • S39E24 Gary Mabbutt

    • February 15, 1999
    • ITV

    The recently retired Tottenham Hotspur player was surprised by Michael at the club’s ground - White Hart Lane. Gary is greeted by a mix of sporting and show business names, including footballer Gary Linekar, musicians Chas n Dave and actors Anthony Andrews and Lynn Redgrave.

  • S39E25 Suzi Quatro

    • February 22, 1999
    • ITV

    Suzi Quatro, singer-songwriter, musician and actress, was surprised by Michael Aspel - with the help of singer Alvin Stardust - at the finale of her show, 70s Glitz Blitz Hits, at the London Palladium. Suzi, who was born in Detroit, Michigan, toured the US in rock bands with her sisters from the age of 14, before being spotted by British record producer Mickie Most, who offered her a solo record deal. After accepting the deal she moved to the UK, where she scored a string of hit singles, including Can the Can in 1973 and Devil Gate Drive the following year, both of which went to number one in the UK singles chart.

Season 40

  • S40E03 Martin Kemp

    • November 13, 1999
    • ITV

    Martin’s tribute was scheduled as an extra show and broadcast during a prime slot on a Saturday evening. The actor and former member of the 1980s New Romantic pop group Spandau Ballet, was surprised by Michael in the Queen Vic on the set of the BBC television soap opera, Eastenders. Martin's guests include singers Bob Geldof and George Michael.

  • S40E04 Denise Welch

    • November 15, 1999
    • ITV

    Denise Welch, actress, was surprised by Michael Aspel - with the help of her husband, the actor Tim Healy - outside Manchester's Piccadilly Station after a day trip to London. Denise, who was born in Tynemouth and trained at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, made her West End debut in the musical Yakkety-Yak in 1982. She later joined the Live Theatre Company, Newcastle, before starring in a production of the musical Grease at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, in 1984.

  • S40E05 Rudolph Walker

    • November 22, 1999
    • ITV

    Rudolph Walker, actor, was surprised by Michael Aspel - with the help of actor Frazer Hines - on his 60th birthday, at Lord's cricket ground, having been led to believe he was there for an interview. Rudolph, who was born in Trinidad and began acting with an amateur theatre group while working at a printers, moved to England in 1960, with plans to become an actor. After taking drama classes at the London City Institute, he made his first professional stage appearance in 1964 in the play The Cave Dwellers.

  • S40E10 Night Of A Thousand Lives

    • January 15, 2000
    • ITV

    Tonight the BBC rolls out the red carpet to welcome some very special guests who are gathering here in London from around the world for a unique occasion. The names on the invitations have all in their time been inscribed on the Big Red Book. This Is Your Life presents the night of a thousand lives.

  • S40E11 Ian Wright

    • ITV

  • S40E13 Eddie Jordan

    • February 7, 2000
    • ITV

  • S40E14 Dave Lee Travis

    • February 14, 2000
    • ITV

    The former Radio 1 DJ - known by such nicknames as ‘DLT’ and ‘the Hairy Monster’ - and who famously resigned from the station live on air in 1993 - was surprised by Michael while broadcasting from the studios of GWR Classic Gold. His guests include many fellow disc jockeys and a recorded tribute from photographer Lord Lichfield.

  • S40E17 John Craven

    • March 6, 2000
    • ITV

    The original host of Newsround - the first regular children’s news programme ever produced by British Television - was surprised by Michael at BBC Television Centre. John is reunited with his former colleagues, Noel Edmonds and Maggie Philbin, from the popular 1970s BBC Saturday morning children's show - Swap Shop.

  • S40E19 Tom Baker

    • ITV

  • S40E22 Mark Wingett

    • April 3, 2000
    • ITV

    Michael returned to television's Sun Hill Police Station - home of the ITV police drama series The Bill - to surprise the actor who has played the character of Detective Superindentent Jim Carver since 1984. Greeting Mark - who made his film debut in Quadrophenia at the age of 18 - are actors Phil Daniels, Jack Wild and John Altman.

  • S40E24 Suggs

    • April 17, 2000
    • ITV

    The front man for those nutty boys Madness was surprised by Michael during a recording of the BBC’s quiz show, A Question of Pop. Suggs - whose real name is Graham McPherson - was greeted by his fellow band members as well as singer Boy George, musician Jools Holland and members of the Chelsea football team.

Season 41

  • S41E01 Matthew Pinsent

    • November 9, 2000
    • ITV

    Michael Aspel tells the story of the Olympic rower Matthew Pinsent.

  • S41E02 Todd Carty

    • November 16, 2000
    • ITV

    Todd CARTY Mark Fowler 16 November 2000 Michael interrupted a night shoot in Albert Square to surprise Todd - a regular with the soap since 1990. Known previously to millions of viewers as Tucker Jenkins in the BBC children's television series Grange Hill, Todd was reunited with his colleagues from that programme. Also appearing, on film, were comedians Harry Hill and Norman Wisdom.

  • S41E07 Paula Tilbrook

    • January 4, 2001
    • ITV

    Michael interrupted the recording of a rainy scene outside Emmerdale's Post Office in the village of Beckindale to surprise Paula, well known for playing the village busy body - a role she has played since 1994. Among the guests paying tribute to Paula are comedian Ken Dodd and actress Brigit Forsyth.

  • S41E08 John Humphrys

    • January 11, 2001
    • ITV

    John Humphrys, broadcaster, was surprised by Michael Aspel on the set of the BBC's political television programme On The Record at the BBC Television Centre. John, who was born in Cardiff, began his career as a junior reporter with the Merthyr Express and the Western Mail. He joined the BBC in 1966 as the district reporter for Liverpool and the Northwest, before becoming the BBC's youngest foreign correspondent. As a reporter for more than 40 years he covered the Aberfan disaster, President Nixon's resignation, Mandela's rise to power in South Africa and front line action in various war zones around the globe. In 1981 he became the main presenter of the BBC's flagship Nine O'Clock News before joining the agenda setting Radio 4's Today programme in 1987.

  • S41E12 Geoffrey Hughes

    • February 14, 2001
    • ITV

    Geoff - who played lovable Coronation Street binman Eddie Yates from 1974 to 1983 - was surprised by Michael while filming on the set of the ITV drama series, Heartbeat. Geoff's guests included colleagues from many of his post Coronation Street achievements, but his time on the soap was recalled in a filmed tribute from Julie Goodyear.

  • S41E18 Midge Ure

    • March 28, 2001
    • ITV

    Midge Ure, musician, was surprised by Michael Aspel - with the help of singer-songwriter Bob Geldof - at BBC Broadcasting House, during an interview with disc jockey Johnnie Walker on his radio show. Midge, who was born in Glasgow and trained as an engineering apprentice, enjoyed particular success in the 1970s and 1980s as a pioneer of the New Romantics with bands including Slik, Thin Lizzy, Rich Kids and Visage, and as the frontman of Ultravox, whose hits included Vienna and Dancing with Tears in My Eyes. In 1984 he co-wrote and produced the charity single Do They Know It's Christmas? in response to the famine in Ethiopia. The single, written with Bob Geldof, sold 3.7 million copies in the UK - the biggest selling single ever at that time - and led to Live Aid, the 1985 concert which featured the world's greatest music acts and raised millions for charity.

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