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

Recent additions...

Bob CarolgeesBob Carolgees – the entertainer recalls his 1994 tribute in an exclusive interview

George BakerGeorge Baker – the actor - best known as Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford, surprised in 1995

Gladys MillsGladys Mills – the talented pianist - known simply as Mrs Mills - surprised in 1975

Jack HowarthJack Howarth – the Coronation Street actor's edition from 1974

Gorden KayeGorden Kaye – the popular comedy actor was surprised in 1986

Gwen BerrymanGwen Berryman – the actress - known to millions of radio listeners as Doris Archer


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...”