Wally HERBERT (1934-2007)

Wally Herbert
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Wally Herbert, polar explorer, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in a preview theatre, in London's West End.


Wally studied at the Royal School of Military Survey, then spent 18 months surveying in Egypt and Cyprus. At the age of 21 he carried out surveying in the Antarctic with the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey, during which he became an expert in dog sleighing. This experience with dogs led him to a job with the New Zealand Antarctic programme.


Wally led the British Trans-Arctic Expedition in 1968, a 3,800-mile surface crossing of the Arctic Ocean, from Alaska to Spitsbergen, which some historians had billed as the ‘the last great journey on Earth.’


Wally also wrote a number of books and drew some of the first landscapes of the North Pole, in his early exploration days. He illustrated all of his books, and his paintings and drawings received critical acclaim.


“What a dirty rotten trick!”

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programme details...

  • Edition No: 594
  • Subject No: 591
  • Broadcast date: Wed 24 Feb 1982
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Wed 10 Feb 1982
  • Venue: Royalty Theatre
  • Series: 22
  • Edition: 21
  • Code Name: Fur

on the guest list...

  • Marie - wife
  • Kari - daughter
  • Pasquale - daughter
  • John Alderton
  • Pauline Collins
  • Helen Herbert - mother
  • Kathleen Herbert - sister
  • Dennis Kershaw
  • Dr Hugh Simpson
  • Myrtle Simpson
  • Robin Simpson
  • Sir Miles Clifford
  • Freddie Church
  • Dr Roy Koerner
  • Alan Gill
  • Vice Admiral Sir Peter Buchanan
  • Martin Kilt
  • Geoff Renner
  • Peter Otway
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Chris Bonington
  • Robin Knox-Johnson
  • Colonel John Blashford-Snell
  • Lord John Hunt

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production team...

  • Researcher: Katie Lander
  • Writers: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley
  • Directors: Paul Stewart Laing, Terry Yarwood
  • Producer: Jack Crawshaw
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 22 subjects: Bob Champion > Bill Fraser > Wayne Sleep > Ian Botham > Cannon and Ball > Rob Buckman > Angela Rippon > Julia McKenzie > Jackie Milburn > Paul Shane > Peter Adamson > Kiri Te Kanawa > Mickie Most > Anita Harris > Mike Brace > Faith Brown > Robin Bailey > Rod Hull > Bob Monkhouse > John Toshack > Wally Herbert > Joe Gormley > Roger Whittaker > Alan Whicker > Peter Davison > Douglas Bader