Godfrey WINN (1906-1971)

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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Godfrey Winn, journalist, writer and actor, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC’s Broadcasting House while recording the programme Housewives’ Choice.


Godfrey’s career began as a boy actor at London’s Haymarket Theatre. He went on to write a number of novels and biographical works, and from 1936 became a star columnist for the Daily Mirror and the Sunday Express newspapers, where he wrote "Dear Abby" articles for lovelorn women.


In 1939 Godfrey was the first British war correspondent to cross the Maginot Line. He served as a Royal Navy able seaman, during the Second World War, on HMS Ganges. After the war he wrote numerous books and magazine articles, and appeared on radio and television as well as in films. He frequently compered the BBC Radio show Housewives' Choice, with David Jacobs, from the early 1950s.

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programme details...

  • Edition No: 162
  • Subject No: 163
  • Broadcast date: Mon 1 May 1961
  • Broadcast time: 7.30-8.00pm
  • Recorded: Wed 12 Apr 1961 8.30-9.15pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 6
  • Edition: 33

on the guest list...

  • Cecil Parker
  • Joan Penny
  • Annie Wallace
  • Ginger Bailey DFC DFM
  • Wilfred Smith
  • Alan Bonner
  • Laurence O’Cleary
  • Maurice Levinson
  • Jimmy Hanley
  • Victor Burgess
  • Jean Burgess
  • Peter Burgess

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production team...

  • Researcher: Shirley MacNab
  • Writer: John Sandilands
  • 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