Series 1:1955-56
Already a successful television show in the US, This Is Your Life first appears on the BBC in 1955. Eamonn Andrews, a popular broadcaster, is signed up to present the series, but in an unexpected twist, he becomes the show’s first subject. Eamonn’s tribute is a ‘special’, broadcast on a Friday evening. The series begins in earnest the following autumn, initially monthly on a Sunday evening, and then fortnightly as it becomes more popular. Subsequent subjects range from a secret agent to a Billingsgate porter. The series ends with a Whit Sunday special edition featuring ‘highlights and sidelights on the personalities and behind-the-scenes stories...’
Series 1 titles
Series 1 set

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1 Eamonn ANDREWS Irish broadcaster 29 July 1955
2 Yvonne BAILEY Special Operations Executive agent 25 September 1955
3 Ted RAY Comedian 23 October 1955
4 James BUTTERWORTH Methodist minister who founded Clubland 20 November 1955
5 Charles Burgess FRY All round sportsman 18 December 1955
6 Johanna HARRIS Red Cross nurse 1 January 1956
7 Donald CAMPBELL Speed record breaker 15 January 1956
8 Joe BRANNELLY American musician and music publicist 29 January 1956
9 Stanley MATTHEWS Footballer 12 February 1956
10 Henry STARLING Billingsgate fish market porter 26 February 1956
11 Ida COOK Novelist and campaigner for Jewish refugees 11 March 1956
12 Lupino LANE Actor and theatre manager 25 March 1956
13 Hugh Oloff DE WET Artist and wartime spy 8 April 1956
14 Elizabeth WILDE Spinal injury victim 22 April 1956
15 Robert STANFORD TUCK RAF fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain 6 May 1956
THESE WERE YOUR LIVES Review of the series 20 May 1956
Broadcast details: BBC Television Service > 16 x 30 minutes (includes 1 x special) > Sunday 7.45pm x 12, 8.15pm x 1, 3.30pm x 1, 7.50pm x 1; Friday 7.45pm x 1
Production team: Producer: T Leslie Jackson > Writer: Gale Pedrick > Researchers: Peter Moore, Nigel Ward > Music: James Turner > Designer: Barry Learoyd > Production Assistant: Ronald Lane