Ted HEATH (1902-1969)

Ted Heath
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A Musical Life

Blowing the trumpet for the musicians


This Is Your Life

The 200th edition is marked with comments from past subjects

THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Ted Heath, musician and big band leader, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC Television Theatre.


The Ted Heath band is regarded as Britain’s greatest post-war big band, touring nationally and internationally, forming associations with major recording artists, and releasing a substantial repertoire of recordings – nine albums were released in 1958 alone.


‘I was so nervous that I didn’t even recognise my wife’s voice when I heard it over the loudspeaker. I asked Eamonn: “Who’s that?”’

Photographs of Ted Heath This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 83
  • Subject No: 83
  • Broadcast live: Mon 26 Jan 1959
  • Broadcast time: 7.30-8pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 4
  • Edition: 18

on the guest list...

  • Robertson Hare
  • Al Starita
  • Harry Mortimer
  • Moira - wife
  • Sydney Lipton
  • Denis Chaundy
  • Paul Carpenter
  • Lydia MacDonald (via telephone)
  • Dickie Valentine
  • Charles Holt
  • Raymond, Bobby, Martin, Valerie, Nickie & Timmie - children
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Nat King Cole
  • Lita Roza

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production team...

  • Researchers: Ken Smith, Liam Nolan
  • Writers: Ken Smith, Liam Nolan
  • Special Effects: Douglas Mair
  • Drawings: Tony Hart
  • Director: Vere Lorrimer
  • Producer: T Leslie Jackson
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 4 subjects: Jo Capka > Jimmy Edwards > Andrew Milbourne > Bella Burge > Tommy Steele > Ronald Shiner > James Edward Wood > Margaret Rowena Jones > John Griffiths > Freddy Bloom > Bransby Williams > Miriam Moses > Elsie Mullock > John Vidler > Florence Desmond > Noel Duckworth > Alfred Daniel Wintle > Ted Heath > Andrew MacDonald > Harriet Cohen > George William Hall > Reginald Blanchford > Kenneth More > Hugh Llewelyn Glyn Hughes > Miriam Jowett > Ted Willis > Alfred Southon > Tiger Sarll > Mary Ward > Roy Gill > Stirling Moss > Ethel Goldsack > Tommy Trinder