Welcome to the Big Red Book - a website dedicated to This Is Your Life

Recent additions...

Christopher TimothyChristopher Timothy – the actor recalls his This Is Your Life experience in an exclusive interview

Eva TurnerEva Turner – dramatic soprano and recipient of two Big Red Books - from 1959 and 1983

Christopher LeeChristopher Lee – actor, famous for his roles in horror movies, surprised in 1974

Ellaline TerrissEllaline Terriss – star of Edwardian musical comedies surprised in 1962

Margot TurnerMargot Turner – the military nurse and former POW's edition from 1978

Jason LeonardJason Leonard – the rugby player surprised in 2000


Eamonn Andrews... a simple premise for a television show. A surprise encounter and an unexpected reunion. The host reveals the life story of the unsuspecting ‘subject’ with the help of a Big Red Book and a gathering of family and friends.

That formula became one of the most popular programmes on British television ever, running almost 50 years, producing over 1000 editions, and, in the process, becoming a British institution.

At the peak of its popularity, in the 1970s and 80s, millions of television viewers regularly tuned in every Wednesday at 7pm with excited anticipation of whose name would be embossed on that week’s Big Red Book...

Michael Aspel

This website is a celebration of the show and the lives it honoured. Open the Big Red Book to reveal a record of every UK edition from 1955-2003 and learn about the series, the subjects and the sets as we turn back the pages of one of the best loved television treasures of all time.

So, as the man said ...

“if you look at that screen over there...”