Tim SMIT (1937-)

Tim Smit
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Tim Smit, Dutch-born British entrepreneur, was surprised by Michael Aspel at the Eden Project in Cornwall.


Tim was educated in England at Vinehall School, East Sussex, and Cranbrook School, Kent, before going on to study archaeology and anthropology at Durham. He worked as an archaeologist before taking an unexpected leap into the music business, working as both a song-writer and producer receiving seven platinum and gold discs.


In 1987 he moved with his family to Cornwall and became involved in The Lost Gardens of Heligan, one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. He went on to devise and create the Eden Project, near St Austell, an £80 million initiative to build two transparent biomes in an old china clay pit near the village of Bodelva. Eden aims to educate people about environmental matters and encourages a greater understanding and empathy about the environment.


Tim’s show was recorded on September 11 2001 - the day now referred to as 9/11 - when a series of coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda took place in the United States of America.


“Oh my god - I don’t believe this”

Tim Smit recalls his experience of This Is Your Life in an exclusive interview recorded in April 2007

Screenshots of Tim Smit This Is Your Life - and Tim at his home in April 2007

programme details...

  • Edition No: 1083
  • Subject No: 1058
  • Broadcast date: Thur 8 Nov 2001
  • Broadcast time: 8.30-9pm
  • Recorded: Tues 11 Sep 2001
  • Venue: Teddington Studios
  • Series: 42
  • Edition: 4
  • Code Name: Garden

on the guest list...

  • Anne - mother
  • Jan - father
  • Geena - stepmother
  • Vicky - sister
  • Candy - wife
  • Laura - daughter
  • Sam - son
  • Alex - son
  • Jo - Alex's partner
  • Richard Taylor
  • Mike Snaith
  • Konrad Bartelski
  • Charlie Skarbek
  • Adrian Ashcroft
  • Terry Campbell
  • Paul Travers
  • John Nelson
  • Stefan Buczacki
  • Helene Merman-Smit
  • Mary Woodvine
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Diarmuid Gavin
  • Prue Leith
  • Trevor Bayliss
  • Alvin Stardust
  • Twiggy
  • Caron Keating
  • John Willis

production team...

  • Researcher: Deborah Cowan
  • Writer: Joe Steeples
  • Director: John Gorman
  • Series Producer: Jack Crawshaw
  • Producer: Sue Green
  • Executive Producer: John Longley
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 42: Michael Winner > Shaun Williamson > Paddy Ashdown > Tim Smit > Babs Powell > Saeed Jaffrey > Paul Young > Julian Clary > Jonah Lomu > Rosemary Conley > Ian Woosnam > Bill Oddie > Fern Britton > Nick Ross > Ray and Trevor Powles > Stephanie Cook > Ian Lavender > Jenny Seagrove > Anita Dobson > Henry Sandon > Linda Barker > Brigit Forsyth > Christina Noble > Claire Sweeney > Lloyd Scott > Julian Fellowes