Tommy TRINDER (1909-1989)

Tommy Trinder
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Tommy Trinder, comedian, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC Television Theatre. In what is billed as the 100th programme of the series, Tommy is surprised while appearing on George Formby’s Saturday Show.


Tommy began his career in revue and music hall, and by the outbreak of the Second World War had become one of Britain's foremost entertainers; his shows brought welcome relief during the darkest days of the war.


He made numerous films with Ealing Studios, notably Sailors Three and Champagne Charlie, and became a familiar face to early television viewers, when in 1955 he became the first compere for the new ITV television programme Sunday Night at the London Palladium.

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programme details...

  • Edition No: 98
  • Subject No: 98
  • Broadcast date: Mon 11 May 1959
  • Broadcast time: 7.30-8pm
  • Recorded: Sat 25 Apr 1959
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 4
  • Edition: 33

on the guest list...

  • Hastings Mann
  • Charles Orchard
  • Tommy Trinder Snr - father
  • Bill Hulbert
  • Jan Ralfini
  • Elisabeth Welch
  • Norman Harrington
  • Wilfred Daws
  • Maureen Elliott
  • Ann Shelton
  • Andy Mazzuolo
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Evelyn Laye
  • Chips Rafferty

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production team...

  • Researcher: Ronald Vivian
  • Writer: Ronald Vivian
  • Director: Vere Lorrimer
  • Producer: T Leslie Jackson
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