Max BYGRAVES (1922-2012)

Max Bygraves
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That's Entertainment

There's no business like show business


Eric Sykes

THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Max Bygraves, entertainer, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews while rehearsing his new show, Do Re Mi, at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre.


Max began his career in show business impersonating Charlie Chaplin and Max Miller - learning his trade touring the country’s variety theatres. By the start of the 1950s he was a regular performer at the London Palladium, and throughout that decade he became more widely known through his various radio appearances.


He appeared with Judy Garland at New York’s Palace Theatre, after which he spent time in Hollywood, returning to the UK to present successful stage shows such as Wonderful Time and We’re Having a Ball.

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programme details...

  • Edition No: 164
  • Subject No: 165
  • Broadcast date: Mon 2 Oct 1961
  • Broadcast time: 7.55-8.30pm
  • Recorded: Mon 4 Sep 1961 7.30-8.15pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 7
  • Edition: 1

on the guest list...

  • Bessie Braddock MP
  • Mr & Mrs Bygraves - parents
  • 'Blossom' - wife
  • Christine - daughter
  • Maxine - daughter
  • Anthony - son
  • Cecil Landeau
  • Joe Loss
  • Peter Brough
  • Nurse Edith Milbrandt (Mrs Eric Sykes)
  • Val Parnell
  • Pricella the pantomime duck (aka Harry Cranley)
  • Piccola Pupa
  • pupils from Dr Barnardos Naval Training School, Parkstone
  • pupils from St Vincent's Catholic Primary School, Mill Hill
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Max Miller
  • Eric Sykes

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production team...

  • Researcher: Nickola Sterne
  • Writer: Nickola Sterne
  • Director: Yvonne Littlewood
  • Producer: T Leslie Jackson
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 7 subjects: Max Bygraves > Mario Borrelli > Alastair Pearson > Brian Rix > Derek Dooley > Elizabeth Twistington Higgins > Sandy MacPherson > Ronald Menday > Harry Day > Peter Finch > Charlie Drake > Timothy Cain > Isabella Woodford > David Park > Sefton Delmer > Coco the Clown > Jenny Gleed > Arthur E Davies > Tom Evans > David Pelham James > Kenneth Horne > Marie Rambert > David Butler > Glen Moody > Kenneth Cooke > Tom Breaks > Dora Bryan > Bob Oatway > Acker Bilk > Hester Meakin > Joe Filliston > Ellaline Terriss