Donald CAMPBELL (1921-1967)

Donald Campbell
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Donald Campbell, speed record breaker, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC Television Theatre.

Donald was the son of Sir Malcolm Campbell, holder of 13 world speed records in the 1920s and 30s. He was a qualified engineer and a successful business, but following his father’s death in 1946, he chose to become a record breaker in his own right – reclaiming the water speed record for Britain after it had been lost to the United States.

After an unsuccessful start, Donald would set seven world water speed records between July 1955 and December 1964 – two of these achieved – firstly in Ullswater and secondly at Lake Mead in Nevada, at the time of his This Is Your Life tribute.

Photographs of Donald Campbell This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 7
  • Subject No: 7
  • Broadcast live: Sun 15 Jan 1956
  • Broadcast time: 7.45-8.15pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 1
  • Edition: 7

on the guest list...

  • Cliff Michelmore
  • Barry Knight
  • Peter Carr
  • Lady Campbell - mother
  • Edward Du Cann
  • Richard Du Cann
  • Leo Villa
  • Teddy Knox
  • Jimmy Nervo
  • Connie Robinson
  • Dorothy Campbell - wife
  • Graham Sutton
  • Billy Cotton
  • Recorded tribute:
  • Stanley L Sayres

production team...

  • Researchers: Peter Moore, Nigel Ward
  • Writer: Gale Pedrick
  • Producer: T Leslie Jackson
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
with thanks to Gina Campbell for her contribution to this page
Series 1 subjects: Eamonn Andrews > Yvonne Bailey > Ted Ray > James Butterworth > Charles Burgess Fry > Johanna Harris > Donald Campbell > Joe Brannelly > Stanley Matthews > Henry Starling > Ida Cook > Lupino Lane > Hugh Oloff de Wet > Elizabeth Wilde > Robert Stanford Tuck