Petula CLARK (1932-)

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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Petula Clark, singer and actress, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC Television Theatre.


Petula began her professional career as a child performer on BBC Radio during the Second World War, before appearing in several post-war British films, including Here Come the Huggetts and London Town.


She scored a number of major hit recordings during the 1950s with such songs as The Little Shoemaker and With All My Heart, and later, focussing on a new career in France, continued through the early 1960s to achieve hit records on both sides of the Channel.


Petula was honoured by This Is Your Life on a further two occasions in 1975 and again in 1996 – the only subject to receive the tribute three times.


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programme details...

  • Edition No: 244
  • Subject No: 244
  • Broadcast date: Thu 6 Feb 1964
  • Broadcast time: 9.25-9.50pm
  • Recorded: Mon 20 Jan 1964 8-8.45pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 9
  • Edition: 18

on the guest list...

  • Jimmy Hanley
  • Jack Leon
  • Earnest Tassin
  • Moira Lister
  • Percy Edwards
  • Trevor Brown
  • Colin Addinall
  • Joe Henderson
  • Anthony Newley (via telephone)
  • Bruno Coquetrix
  • Claude Wolffe – husband
  • Jack Warner
  • Barbara Clark – sister
  • Catherine Wolffe - daughter
  • Barbara Wolffe - daughter
  • Bernie Tassin
  • Geraldine Hart

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production team...

  • Researcher:
  • Writer:
  • Directors: Michael Goodwin, Mark Patterson
  • Producer: Vere Lorrimer
  • Executive Producer: T Leslie Jackson
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 9 subjects: Stratford Johns > Alice Stern > Robert Boothby > Bessie Love > Joan Stanton > Harry Worth > John Dodd > Ralph Reader > Albert Guerisse > Margaret Lockwood > Franklin Day > Frederick Spencer Chapman > Thora Hird > Evelyn Bark > Madge Watson and Elsie Wood > Petula Clark > Derek McCulloch > Bert Matthews > Ted Moult > Dot Palmer > Teddy Winn > Barbara Mullen > Paul Burrough > Sydney Scroggie > Ninette de Valois > Dominique Pire > Olivia de Havilland > Mary Hawkins