Norman CROUCHER (1941-)

Norman Croucher
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Norman Croucher, mountain climber, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the Sobell sports centre in Islington.

Both of Norman’s legs were severed below the knee by a train in 1960 after he collapsed in a drunken stupor and fell down an embankment onto a railway line in Wiltshire. He subsequently trained to be a teacher but was still determined to pursue his love of mountaineering in spite of his disability.

Norman became the first person fitted with artificial limbs to walk the 900 miles from John O'Groats to Lands End in 1969. Six months after the walk he climbed the Jungfrau and the Mönch mountains in Switzerland and in 1972 he scaled the treacherous west flank of the Eiger. Two years later he also conquered the Matterhorn.

“Well this is a surprise!”

Norman Croucher recalls his experience of This Is Your Life in an exclusive interview recorded in March 2010

Screenshots of Norman Croucher This Is Your Life - and Norman at his home in March 2010

programme details...

  • Edition No: 440
  • Subject No: 437
  • Broadcast date: Wed 5 May 1976
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Wed 14 Apr 1976
  • Venue: Euston Road Studios
  • Series: 16
  • Edition: 26
  • Code Name: Horn

on the guest list...

  • Judy - wife
  • Ueil Sommer
  • Margaret Heffer - sister
  • Sonia Menadue - sister
  • Joan Croucher - mother
  • Emry Croucher - father
  • Heather Flowerdew
  • John Dudney
  • Dave Kitchen
  • Jim Smith
  • Fred Green - uncle
  • Michael Cape
  • Dave Parsons
  • Len Dacey
  • Hans Kaufman
  • Eddy Petrig
  • Alfred Morris
  • Renny Nancholas
  • Filmed tribute:
  • Lord Hunt

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production team...

  • Writers: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley
  • Directors: Mike Dormer, Philip Casson
  • Producer: Jack Crawshaw
  • Executive Producer: Jack Andrews
Series 16: Ronnie Dukes > Ray Milland > Mike Hailwood > Frank Windsor > Magnus Pyke > Bill Tidy > Gladys Mills > Andy Stewart > Windsor Davies > Ray Reardon > Patrick Mower > Alberto Remedios > Susan Masham > Betty Driver > Henry "Shrimp" Davies > Gwen Berryman > Vince Hill > Arnold Ridley > Beryl Reid > Alan Mullery > Percy Thrower > Gareth Edwards > June Whitfield > Terry Fincher > Richard Dunn > Norman Croucher