Charlie CHESTER (1914-1997)

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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Charlie Chester, comedian and presenter, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews outside the BBC Television Centre.

Known as "Cheerful" Charlie Chester, he was well known to British audiences in the 1940s from his BBC radio show Stand Easy. This show was adapted for television as The Charlie Chester Show in 1949 and became a stand up and sketch show for the next 11 years.

Chester's radio shows included A Proper Charlie and That Man Chester. Another series – which started out as a section of The Charlie Chester Show in 1950 – was the quiz Pot Luck, the first British TV programme to offer prizes for correctly answering questions.

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programme details...

  • Edition No: 160
  • Subject No: 161
  • Broadcast live: Mon 17 Apr 1961
  • Broadcast time: 7.30-8.00pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 6
  • Edition: 31

on the guest list...

  • Albert Stevenson
  • George Pavey
  • Reginald Tidy
  • Reginald Dean
  • Mrs Manser - mother
  • Regimental Sergeant-Major Larkin
  • George Black
  • Eric Grier
  • 'Tug' Wilson
  • Margaret Govaghon
  • Leslie Bridgmont
  • Eric Robinson
  • Len Martin
  • Louise Gainsborough
  • Ken Morris
  • Ramon St Clair
  • Filmed tribute:
  • Arthur Haynes

production team...

  • Researchers: Ronald Vivian, Virginia Ropner
  • Writer: Peter Moore
  • Director: Michael Goodwin
  • Producer: T Leslie Jackson
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 6 subjects: Leonard Cheshire > George Bennett > David Sheppard > Sybil Thorndike > Clarence Wolfe > Charles Coward > T E B Clarke > Helene Jeanty-Raven > Cyril Smith > Victor de Spiganovicz > Bill Hartley > Ellen Martha Field > Anthony Deane-Drummond > John Mills > Richard Bancroft > Freddie Mills > William Simpson > Alan Herbert > Madame Vacani > Elizabeth Ambridge > Robert Fawcus > Flora Robson > Edward Chad Varah > James Zarb > Maryan Rawicz and Walter Landauer > James Chipperfield > Anthony Kimmins > Thomas Cosmo Jones > Jessie Matthews > Helen Wilson > Charlie Chester > Brunel Cohen > Godfrey Winn > Billy Wright