Baron BOOTHBY of Buchan and Rattray Head (1900-1986)

Robert Boothby
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Robert Boothby, politician, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC Television Centre.


Educated at Eton College and Magdalen College, Oxford, he entered politics in the early 1920s, and was elected MP for Aberdeen and Kincardine East in 1924.


He held the seat until its abolition in 1950, when he was elected for its successor constituency of East Aberdeenshire. Re-elected a final time in 1955, he gave up the seat in 1958 when he was raised to the peerage, triggering a by-election.


He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chancellor of the Exchequer Winston Churchill from 1926 to 1929 and held junior ministerial office as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food in 1940–41.


He was a prominent commentator on public affairs on radio and television, often taking part in the long-running BBC radio programme Any Questions.


Boothby was raised to the peerage as a life peer with the title Baron Boothby, of Buchan and Rattray Head in the County of Aberdeen, on 22 August 1958.


“Well now!”

Robert Boothby

Robert Boothby on This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 229
  • Subject No: 230
  • Broadcast date: Thu 17 Oct 1963
  • Broadcast time: 8.35-9pm
  • Recorded: Mon 14 Oct 1963 8-8.30pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Centre TC4
  • Series: 9
  • Edition: 3

on the guest list...

  • John Noble Stephens
  • Lord Gladwyn
  • Sir Compton Mackenzie
  • Jennie Lee
  • General le Gentilhomme
  • Madame Marjorie Gentilhomme
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Noel Coward
  • Thelma Hensall
  • Penelope - goddaughter

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production team...

  • Researcher: Suzanne Twiston-Davies
  • Writer: Peter Moore
  • Director: Michael Goodwin
  • 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 Sterne > 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