Series 27:1986-87
The Teddington Studios now provide a permanent new home for the show. For the second time in a row, a Coronation Street star opens the series. Unusually the subject list includes two couples - one of whom receives the rare hour-long seasonal special. This Is Your Life history is also made when, for the first time on ITV, there’s a tribute (running over two episodes) to an actor who’s already received the honour by Thames. Hollywood welcomes the show for a second time, and, uniquely, the production team reveal some behind-the-scenes secrets in exclusive footage shown on the BBC’s review programme, Did You See?
Series 27 titles
Series 27 set

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1 Bill WADDINGTON Actor – Percy Sugden in Coronation Street 15 October 1986
2 Robert FOOTE British Army Officer awarded the Victoria Cross 22 October 1986
3 Carl DAVIS American conductor and composer 29 October 1986
4 Gorden KAYE Actor 5 November 1986
5 Pearl CARR & Husband and wife entertainers 12 November 1986
Teddy JOHNSON
6 Monty FRESCO Fleet Street photographer 19 November 1986
7 Joe JOHNSON Snooker player 26 November 1986
8 Susan GEORGE Actress 3 December 1986
9 Bill WARD TV executive 10 December 1986
10 Rachel KEMPSON Actress 17 December 1986
11 Gary WILMOT Actor and entertainer 24 December 1986
12 Cliff MICHELMORE & Husband and wife broadcasters 31 December 1986
Jean METCALFE
13 Liz HOBBS Champion water-skier 7 January 1987
14 Jack ‘Kid’ BERG Boxer 14 January 1987
15 Derek SCOTT Lifeboatman 21 January 1987
16 Patricia HODGE Actress 28 January 1987
17 Harry FRIEND Policeman – recipient of British Empire Medal 4 February 1987
18 Norman WISDOM Comedian and actor 11 February 1987
19 Denis COMPTON Test cricketer 18 February 1987
20 Christopher CAZENOVE Actor 25 February 1987
21 Dudley MOORE Actor, comedian, composer and musician 4 March 1987
22 Dudley MOORE 11 March 1987
23 Terry MARSH Light welterweight boxer 18 March 1987
24 David JACOBS Broadcaster 25 March 1987
25 Willie RUSHTON Comedian and cartoonist 1 April 1987
26 Gabrielle DRAKE Actress 8 April 1987
Broadcast details: Thames Television production for ITV > 25 x 30 minutes; 1 x 60 minutes > Wednesday 7.00pm x 25; 8.00pm x 1
Production team: Producer: Malcolm Morris > Associate Producer: Brian Klein > Directors: Terry Yarwood, Michael D Kent > Writers: Roy Bottomley, Norman Giller, Tom Kennedy > Researchers: Colin Williams, Miriam O’Callaghan, Caroline Blackadder, David N Mason, Tom Wettengel, Claire Jenkinson, Sue Green, Christine Fanthome > Programme Consultant: Roy Bottomley > Production Assistants: Irene Clark, Ellie Gleave > Designers: David Richens, Jane Krall, Jack McAdam > Film Research: Susan Tiplady