James ZARB

James Zarb

THIS IS YOUR LIFE - James Zarb, businessman, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in the audience at the BBC Television Theatre.


James became a national news story while serving a ten year prison sentence in a Cairo jail on a charge ‘of acting as a British Agent’.


He was born in Egypt of Maltese parents, and served with the RAF during the Second World War, achieving the rank of Flight Sergeant. Following the war he spent a year in Belgrade with the Military Mission, before settling in Alexandra, Egypt, where he married, started a family and established a successful business.


He was arrested in August 1956 and imprisoned in a Cairo jail. Following a lengthy campaign to clear him he was released - just three weeks before this tribute was recorded.

Screenshots of James Zarb This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 153
  • Subject No: 153
  • Broadcast date: Mon 27 Feb 1961
  • Broadcast time: 7.30-8.00pm
  • Recorded: Wed 22 Feb 1961 8-8.30pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 6
  • Edition: 24

on the guest list...

  • Major James Miller
  • Victor Manley
  • Fred Miles
  • Lilian Bruno (nee Caffary)
  • John Stanley
  • Frank Goldsworthy
  • Eva Harris
  • Pupils of form 4B Roding Junior School, Woodford Bridge, Essex
  • Mary Unsworth
  • Elda – wife
  • Mary – daughter
  • Anne Marie – daughter
  • Marlene – daughter
  • Gerald – son
  • Father Mengoli

production team...

  • Researcher: John Sandilands
  • Writer: John Sandilands
  • Director: Michael Goodwin
  • Producer: T Leslie Jackson
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