Maryan RAWICZ (1898-1970) and Walter LANDAUER (1910-1983)

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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Walter Landauer and Maryan Rawicz, pianists, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC Television Theatre.

Rawicz, who was born in Poland and Landauer, from Austria, formed their piano duo in the early 1930s after a chance meeting where they discovered they had a mutual interest in music.

After completing a successful concert tour throughout Europe, they escaped the growing Nazi occupation of the continent in 1935 and moved to the United Kingdom with their wives, becoming favourites of the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VIII.

Following the Second World War they became British subjects, and carved out a formidable reputation as a two-piano team, transforming many popular classics into duets, selling tens of thousands of records and making regular BBC radio broadcasts.

This is the first edition of This Is Your Life to feature double subjects.

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programme details...

  • Edition No: 154
  • Subject No: 154-155
  • Broadcast live: Mon 6 Mar 1961
  • Broadcast time: 7.30-8.00pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 6
  • Edition: 25

on the guest list...

  • Henryk Mierowsky
  • Mark Lubbock
  • Greta Gynt
  • Elsie Waters
  • Doris Waters
  • Ilse Rawicz
  • Doreen Landauer
  • Tommy Trinder
  • Frau Trudl Senesch-Hoppe
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Prof Josef Auber
  • Sir Walford Selby
  • Kathleen Goodall
  • Rudy Vallee

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production team...

  • Researcher: Virginia Ropner
  • Writer: Peter Moore
  • Director: Michael Goodwin
  • Producer: T Leslie Jackson
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
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