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

Recent additions...


Three exclusive new interviews:


Matthew KellyMatthew Kelly – the actor and television presenter recalls his 1993 tribute



Stirling MossStirling Moss – the former racing driver remembers his 1959 tribute



Dora BryanDora Bryan – Dora’s son Daniel Lawton recalls both Dora's This Is Your Life tributes


Also - actress Flora Robson, fashion-house director Ginette Spanier and boxing promoter and former music hall star Bella Burge


And a new feature…


An Actor's Life For Me - featuring a cast of thousands...

THIS IS YOUR LIFE...


Eamonn Andrews... a simple premise for a TV 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 TV 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 TV viewers Michael Aspelregularly tuned in every Wednesday at 7pm with excited anticipation of whose name would be embossed on that week’s Big Red Book...


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...”