Ray COONEY (1932-)

Ray Cooney
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Backstage Life

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Anna Neagle


Brian Rix


Interviews

THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Ray Cooney, playwright and actor – the ‘Master of Farce’ - was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at London’s Savoy Hotel.


Ray began his theatrical career in 1946, serving his apprentice with various repertory companies before graduating to Brian Rix’s company at the Whitehall Theatre in 1956. It was during this period that he began his writing career. His first success - One for the Pot – was co-written with Tony Hilton.


At the time of This Is Your Life Ray was involved with seven different theatrical productions in London’s West End, including the successful comedies Not Now Darling and Move Over Mrs Markham, both co-written with John Chapman.


“That’s the only bit of good news I’ve had all day!”

Ray Cooney recalls his experience of This Is Your Life in an exclusive interview recorded in April 2013

Screenshots of Ray Cooney This Is Your Life (click images to enlarge)

programme details...

  • Edition No: 398
  • Subject No: 397
  • Broadcast date: Wed 15 Jan 1975
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Wed 18 Dec 1974
  • Venue: Euston Road Studios
  • Series: 15
  • Edition: 11
  • Code Name: Minstrel

on the guest list...

  • William Franklyn
  • Derek Nimmo
  • Moira Lister
  • Robert Morley
  • Julie Ege
  • Richard Stone
  • Linda Cooney - wife
  • Daniel - son
  • Michael - son
  • Olive Cooney - mother
  • Jerry Cooney - father
  • Roy Hepworth
  • Ivy Clarke - aunt
  • Rosanne Kerwood - aunt
  • Leyland Vincent
  • Brian Rix
  • John Slater
  • Bert Weedon
  • Tony Hilton
  • John Chapman
  • Anna Neagle
  • Valerie Glynne

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production team...

  • Researchers: Jack Piler, Debbie Gaunt
  • Writer: Martin Robertson
  • Director: Robert Reed
  • Producer: Jack Crawshaw
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 15 subjects: Jack Ashley > John Conteh > Jack Howarth > Chay Blyth > Bill Maynard > Richard O'Sullivan > Dick Francis > Arthur Askey > Jean Kent > Geoff Love > Ray Cooney > Queenie Watts > Harry Johnson > Leonard Rossiter > John Hanson > Denis Law > Ted Ray > Peter Butterworth > Nina Baden-Semper > Dickie Davies > Moira Anderson > Precious McKenzie > Mollie Sugden > Michael Bates > Willie John McBride > Petula Clark > Garfield Sobers