Denis Sefton DELMER (1904-1979)

Sefton Delmer
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Denis Sefton Delmer, journalist and foreign correspondent, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews outside the Caprice restaurant in London’s Mayfair.


Born in Germany of Australian parentage, Delmer began his career with the Daily Express as head of its new Berlin Bureau. He became the first British journalist to interview Adolf Hitler, and travelled with Hitler during the 1932 German general election.


Delmer covered various important stories in Europe during the 1930s including the Spanish Civil War and the invasion of Poland.


During the Second World War he led a black propaganda campaign against Hitler by radio from England, and he was named in the Nazis' Black Book for immediate arrest after their invasion of England.

Denis Sefton Delmer

Denis Sefton Delmer and guests on This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 178
  • Subject No: 179
  • Broadcast live: Mon 8 Jan 1962
  • Broadcast time: 7.30-8pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 7
  • Edition: 15

on the guest list...

  • Noel Barber
  • Mrs Noel Barber
  • Eric Shrimpton
  • Alexander Maas
  • C E ‘Tom Brown’ Stevens
  • Agnes Bernelle
  • Bill Sydney-Smith
  • Nathan Gurdus
  • Mrs Gurdus
  • Peggy Delmer - wife
  • Selina Delmer - daughter
  • Felix Delmer - son
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Arthur Christiansen
  • Captain Christopher Lance

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production team...

  • Researcher: John Ralph
  • Writer: Peter Moore
  • Director: Yvonne Littlewood
  • Producer: T Leslie Jackson
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 7 subjects: Max Bygraves > Mario Borrelli > Alastair Pearson > Brian Rix > Derek Dooley > Elizabeth Twistington Higgins > Sandy MacPherson > Ronald Menday > Harry Day > Peter Finch > Charlie Drake > Timothy Cain > Isabella Woodford > David Park > Sefton Delmer > Coco the Clown > Jenny Gleed > Arthur E Davies > Tom Evans > David Pelham James > Kenneth Horne > Marie Rambert > David Butler > Glen Moody > Kenneth Cooke > Tom Breaks > Dora Bryan > Bob Oatway > Acker Bilk > Hester Meakin > Joe Filliston > Ellaline Terriss