Bill OWEN MBE (1914-1999)

Bill Owen
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Bill Owen, actor best known for his role as Compo in the long running BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews, disguised as a policeman, in London’s Trafalgar Square.


“Can I go home and change?”

Bill’s son Tom recalls his experience of This Is Your Life in an exclusive interview recorded in March 2010

Screenshots of Bill Owen This Is Your Life (click images to enlarge)

programme details...

  • Edition No: 560
  • Subject No: 556
  • Broadcast date: Wed 7 Jan 1981
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Mon 17 Nov 1980
  • Venue: Royalty Theatre
  • Series: 21
  • Edition: 13
  • Code Name: Win

on the guest list...

  • Robert Dougall
  • Leslie Crowther
  • Ed Stewart
  • Kenneth Wolstenholme
  • Reg Gutteridge
  • Patrick Moore
  • Arthur Mullard
  • Peter Sallis
  • Katie - wife
  • Tom - son
  • Kathleen - step-daughter
  • Charlie Burton
  • Elsie Burton
  • Alfie Bass
  • Leonard Sachs
  • Charles Hawtrey
  • Freddie Davies
  • James & William - grandsons
  • John Metzler
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Martin Shaw
  • Roy Clarke
  • Residents of Holmfirth
  • Holmfirth Choral Society

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production team...

  • Researchers: Katie Lander, Vivien Lind
  • Writers: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley
  • Directors: Stuart Hall, Terry Yarwood
  • Producer: Jack Crawshaw
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 21 subjects: Joe Loss > Julie Goodyear > Lawrie McMenemy > Peter Bowles > Mike Yarwood > John Schlesinger > Andrew Lloyd Webber > Janet Brown > Rodney Bewes > Russell Harty > Joan Wells > Billy Connolly > Bill Owen > Jeffery Archer > Brian Jacks > Melvin Hayes > Fred Housego > Alex Higgins > Tim Brooke-Taylor > Bernard Cribbins > Gemma Craven > Jim Watt > John Thaw > Jonjo O'Neill > Judith Chalmers > Margaret Price