Welcome to the Big Red Book - a website dedicated to This Is Your Life

Recent additions...

Barry CryerBarry Cryer – the comedian recalls his This Is Your Life experience in an exclusive interview

Thora HirdThora Hird – character actress and recipient of two Big Red Books - from 1964 and 1996

Richard BeckinsaleRichard Beckinsale – actor, famous for his roles in television sitcoms, surprised in 1977

Gordon OstlereRichard Gordon – surgeon and writer - surprised for a 1974 edition that nearly didn't happen!

Pat SeedPat Seed – journalist and campaigner in an inspirational edition from 1979

Jackie MilburnJackie Milburn – the Newcastle United footballer surprised in 1981


Eamonn Andrews... a simple premise for a television show. A surprise encounter and an unexpected reunion. The host reveals the life story of the unsuspecting ‘subject’ with the help of a Big Red Book and a gathering of family and friends.

That formula became one of the most popular programmes on British television ever, running almost 50 years, producing over 1000 editions, and, in the process, becoming a British institution.

At the peak of its popularity, in the 1970s and 80s, millions of television viewers regularly tuned in every Wednesday at 7pm with excited anticipation of whose name would be embossed on that week’s Big Red Book...

Michael Aspel

This website is a celebration of the show and the lives it honoured. Open the Big Red Book to reveal a record of every UK edition from 1955-2003 and learn about the series, the subjects and the sets as we turn back the pages of one of the best loved television treasures of all time.

So, as the man said ...

“if you look at that screen over there...”