Bransby WILLIAMS (1870-1961)

Bransby Williams
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Bransby Williams, actor, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews while backstage at the BBC Television Theatre.

Bransby began his career appearing in working men’s clubs doing impersonations of music hall stars of the day. He developed this skill into a music hall act of his own, impersonating leading actors, and soon became known as ‘The Irving of the Music Halls’.

He became a great success with his monologues and sketches, many of which included characters from the work of Dickens, and formed his own company, as actor-manager, touring his act around the UK as well as overseas.

Bransby Williams

Bransby Williams (seated) with guest G H Elliott and host Eamonn
on This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 76
  • Subject No: 76
  • Broadcast live: Mon 8 Dec 1958
  • Broadcast time: 7.30-8.05pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 4
  • Edition: 11

on the guest list...

  • Mr Kisbey
  • Sir Compton Mackenzie
  • Edward Hennings
  • Maidie Andrews
  • Lupino Lane
  • G H Elliott
  • Eric Bransby Williams
  • Kathleen Saintsbury
  • Jim Crang
  • Charles Brewer
  • John Baxter
  • Kenneth Milne-Buckley
  • Richard Hearne
  • Filmed tribute:
  • Sax Rohmer

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production team...

  • Researchers: Nigel Ward, Michael Williams
  • Writers: Nigel Ward, Michael Williams
  • Director: Vere Lorrimer
  • Producer: T Leslie Jackson
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 4 subjects: Jo Capka > Jimmy Edwards > Andrew Milbourne > Bella Burge > Tommy Steele > Ronald Shiner > James Edward Wood > Margaret Rowena Jones > John Griffiths > Freddy Bloom > Bransby Williams > Miriam Moses > Elsie Mullock > John Vidler > Florence Desmond > Noel Duckworth > Alfred Daniel Wintle > Ted Heath > Andrew MacDonald > Harriet Cohen > George William Hall > Reginald Blanchford > Kenneth More > Hugh Llewelyn Glyn Hughes > Miriam Jowett > Ted Willis > Alfred Southon > Tiger Sarll > Mary Ward > Roy Gill > Stirling Moss > Ethel Goldsack > Tommy Trinder