Freddie MILLS (1919-1965)

Freddie Mills
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Freddie Mills, boxer, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in the foyer of London's Earls Court Exhibition Centre.

Freddie was the World Light Heavyweight Champion from 1948 to 1950, and has been described as Britain’s biggest boxing idol of the post-war period.

He was a close friend of Eamonn and played an important part in the first edition of This Is Your Life on British television.

“No, you're joking... is this on the level?”

Screenshots of Freddie Mills This Is Your Life

Freddie Mill's biography

In his biography of Freddie Mills, writer Jack Birtley briefly mentions this particular edition of This Is Your Life...

By now he had become the close friend of many leading entertainers and when he was featured in television's This Is Your Life programme, a few of them did the familiar walk into the studio to shake Freddie by the hand and tell a funny story from the past.

Gus Lesnevich was brought over from America for the screening, with brother Charlie and Lottie included as well.

One of those invited to take part was Dickie Henderson, who first met Mills while he was guesting on an Arthur Askey series called Before Your Very Eyes.

programme details...

  • Edition No: 145
  • Subject No: 145
  • Broadcast date: Mon 2 Jan 1961
  • Broadcast time: 7.30-8.00pm
  • Recorded: Mon 17 Oct 1960 9-9.30pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 6
  • Edition: 16

on the guest list...

  • Miss B Blissett
  • Jack Turner
  • Mrs Mills - mother
  • Charlie Mills - brother
  • Gipsy Daniels
  • Bob Turner
  • Bill Hood
  • Ted Broadribb
  • Chrissie Mills - wife
  • Jack Solomans
  • Nat Sellers
  • Gus Lesnevich
  • Inga Lesnevich
  • Susan Mills - daughter
  • Gillian Davis
  • Linda Brickwood
  • Morise Vinson
  • Jackie White
  • Ann Poulter
  • Helen Pini
  • Dickie Henderson
  • Filmed tribute:
  • Alderman George Haskett (not shown in final broadcast)

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production team...

  • Researcher: John Sandilands
  • 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