Bernard BRADEN (1916-1993)
THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Bernard Braden, Canadian-born actor and broadcaster, was surprised by Michael Aspel outside London’s Aldwych Theatre.
Bernard found fame on BBC radio with shows such as Breakfast with Braden, before moving into television where he originated the consumer affairs programme in the 1960s with On the Braden Beat and Braden’s Week.
“Thank you very much!”
Scriptwriter Roy Bottomley recalls the experience of this particular edition of This Is Your Life in his book This Is Your Life: The Story of Television's Famous Big Red Book...
Fifteen years before 28 November 1990, we had thought of presenting the Life of Bernard Braden, but the plot was 'blown' by one of his grandchildren.
But Bernie had no idea what was happening when Michael Aspel sprang outside the Aldwych Theatre in the West End where, forty years before, Bernard Braden had co-starred with Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Laurence Olivier.
Back in those days Bernard and his wife Barbara Kelly, newly arrived from Canada, were hailed as entertainment's 'golden couple'.
In Vancouver he had left school at sixteen to work at the local radio station as engineer, announcer and singer.
Bedtime With Braden established Bernard and Barbara, and from those halcyon radio days came writers Frank Muir and Denis Norden, Pearl Carr, Benny Lee, Nat Temple and announcer Ronald Fletcher.
And an international Canadian film director, penniless when he arrived in London with only a letter of introduction to Bernard and Barbara, greeted them from the location, in Connecticut, of his latest film - Norman Jewison.
on the guest list...