Series index

the facts and figures...

  • 1130 Editions
  • 1104 Subjects
  • 825 Male subjects
  • 279 Female subjects
  • 42 Second timers
  • 1 Third timer
  • 15 Couples
  • 3 Trios
  • 4 Two-part editions

presenters...

  • Ralph Edwards: 1 edition
  • Eamonn Andrews: 735 editions
  • David Nixon: 1 edition
  • Michael Aspel: 393 editions
Eamonn Andrews

Ralph Edwards surprised Eamonn Andrews for the programme’s first UK edition.

Eamonn Andrews

Eamonn is surprised a second time by magician David Nixon in 1974.

Michael Aspel

Future host Michael Aspel is surprised in 1980.

"I love This Is Your Life. It’s so exciting and almost every time it’s heartening for me." Eamonn Andrews


This Is Your Life was created by Ralph Edwards, an American radio and television host. The show originated on radio, debuting in 1948, successfully transferring to NBC television in October 1952.


The British version of the show was launched in 1955 by BBC television, and was initially broadcast monthly, then fortnightly, before becoming a regular weekly fixture in the TV schedules by its third series.


The BBC produced the show’s first nine series before axing the programme in 1964.


The London based Thames Television revived the show in 1969 and broadcast weekly editions over the ITV network, producing an average of 26 shows a year. ITV continued broadcasting the show right through to 1994 despite a change of presenter when Michael Aspel took over after the death of original host Eamonn Andrews in 1987.


This Is Your Life returned to the BBC in 1994, but was still produced independently by Thames Television, and was axed again in 2003.

The BBC Years 1955-1964
Series 1 29 July 1955 – 6 May 1956
15 editions
Series 2 1 October 1956 – 27 May 1957
19 editions
Series 3 30 September 1957 - 5 May 1958
31 editions
Series 4 29 September 1958 - 11 May 1959
33 editions
Series 5 31 August 1959 - 28 March 1960
31 editions
Series 6 19 September 1960 - 8 May 1961
34 editions
Series 7 2 October 1961 - 7 May 1962
32 editions
Series 8 2 October 1962 - 14 May 1963
31 editions
Series 9 3 October 1963 - 30 April 1964
30 editions
The Thames Years 1969-1988
Series 10 19 November 1969 – 27 May 1970
26 editions
Series 11 18 November 1970 – 12 May 1971
26 editions
Series 12 17 November 1971 – 10 May 1972
26 editions
Series 13 15 November 1972 – 9 May 1973
26 editions
Series 14 21 November 1973 – 15 May 1974
27 editions
Series 15 10 October 1974 – 7 May 1975
27 editions
Series 16 12 November 1975 – 5 May 1976
26 editions
Series 17 27 October 1976 – 27 April 1977
27 editions
Series 18 23 November 1977 – 31 May 1978
27 editions
Series 19 25 October 1978 – 3 May 1979
27 editions
Series 20 28 November 1979 – 21 May 1980
26 editions
Series 21 15 October 1980 – 15 April 1981
26 editions
Series 22 13 October 1981 – 31 March 1982
26 editions
Series 23 20 October 1982 – 13 April 1983
26 editions
Series 24 26 October 1983 – 18 April 1984
26 editions
Series 25 7 November 1984 – 8 May 1985
27 editions
Series 26 16 October 1985 – 30 April 1986
26 editions
Series 27 15 October 1986 – 8 April 1987
26 editions
Series 28 14 October 1987 – 20 January 1988
7 editions
The Thames Years 1988-1994
Series 29 19 October 1988 – 1 March 1989
20 editions
Series 30 25 October 1989 – 7 May 1990
27 editions
Series 31 17 October 1990 – 17 April 1991
26 editions
Series 32 16 October 1991 – 15 April 1992
26 editions
Series 33 30 September 1992 – 21 April 1993
30 editions
Series 34 12 January 1994 – 20 July 1994
26 editions
The BBC Years 1994-2003
Series 35 2 November 1994 – 17 May 1995
28 editions
Series 36 6 September 1995 – 6 March 1996
27 editions
Series 37 20 September 1996 – 24 March 1997
26 editions
Series 38 1 September 1997 – 23 February 1998
26 editions
Series 39 7 September 1998 - 1 March 1999
26 editions
Series 40 1 November 1999 - 29 May 2000
28 editions
Series 41 9 November 2000 - 7 June 2001
26 editions
Series 42 17 October 2001 - 23 May 2002
26 editions
Series 43 2 January 2003 – 8 August 2003
25 editions