This Is Your Life titles

Eamonn Andrews

"Well, This Is Your Life has become so much part of my life, I wouldn't know what to do without it..."


This Is Your Life presenter 1955-1964 / 1969-1987

Remembering This Is Your Life - a compilation of memorable moments

This Is Your Life was a British television institution. One of the most popular programmes on British television, covering five decades of broadcasting and producing over eleven hundred editions.

The programme's premise was simple – an unexpected surprise for an unsuspecting subject as the host opened the Big Red Book to reveal a life story told through a reunion of family and friends. Part biography and part celebration, each edition aimed to entertain in a warm hearted and positive way.

At the peak of its popularity, in the 1970s and 80s, audiences of up to, and sometimes more than,
20 million viewers regularly tuned in every Wednesday at 7pm in anticipation of whose name
would be embossed on that week's Big Red Book...

Open this Big Red Book to discover a record of every edition broadcast in Britain between 1955 and 2003, and learn about the series, the subjects and the secrets, as we turn back the pages of one of the best loved television treasures of all time... and celebrate the show and the lives it honoured.

Michael Aspel

"...the book is the amulet...
that is what makes the show work. I could be wearing a barrel –
it's the red book they see –
and they go crazy..."

Michael ASPEL

This Is Your Life presenter 1988-2003

An extract from TV's Biggest Blockbusters, first broadcast on ITV in July 2012, featuring This Is Your Life at the number two position

Jack Crawshaw

"Big Red Book is a living archive - a unique and illuminating document, which combines a mass of historical data with a fund of fond memories of our much loved programme.

A well researched, and conscientiously collated, This Is Your Life, This Is Your Life."


This Is Your Life producer 1974-1982 / series producer 1997-2003

Producer Jack Crawshaw recalls This Is Your Life in a clip from Channel 5's Top of the Box, originally broadcast in June 2018, which highlights a year in the show's history - 1978

  This Is Your Life titles   Petula Clark This Is Your Life   This Is Your Life: Timeline feature   TV Times article   John Blashford Snell This Is Your Life  
  a year by year account of the show's history and subjects   an A to Z of the 1104 subjects from Abbot to Zarb   exclusive features on all aspects of the show's history   a growing collection of published articles   an expanding online archive of exclusive interviews  
Recent updates...
  Omar Sharif This Is Your Life   The Bee Gees This Is Your Life   Juliet Mills This Is Your Life  
  Omar SHARIF   The Bee GEES   Juliet MILLS  
  A Parisian surprise for the film star in a 1989 tribute   Three for the price of one as the brothers are surprised in 1991   A theatrical surprise from 1992 for the member of an acting dynasty  
  David Shepherd This Is Your Life   Paul Nicholas This Is Your Life   Ken Dodd This Is Your Life  
  A 1990 tribute for the artist and conservationist   It's showtime in 1991 for the musical theatre star   A 1990 specially extended '500th edition' for the comedian  
  Anthony Jones This Is Your Life   Pam Ferris This Is Your Life   Richard Harris This Is Your Life  
  Anthony JONES   Pam FERRIS   Richard HARRIS  
  The mountain rescue expert surprised for a 1993 edition   A 1992 broadcast honours the versatile actress   The actor sat between two former wives in 1990  
  Graham Gooch This Is Your Life   William Shatner This Is Your Life   Hannah Hauxwell This Is Your Life  
  Graham GOOCH   William SHATNER   Hannah HAUXWELL  
  The England cricket captain was caught out in 1990   The Star Trek actor was beamed up in 1989   A 1992 edition celebrating the North Yorkshire farmer  
  Roddy McDowall This Is Your Life   Billy Marsh This Is Your Life   Tony Blackburn This Is Your Life  
  The versatile actor was honoured in a 1993 edition   A rare tribute to a theatrical agent broadcast in 1990   A tribute from 1992 highlights the popular disc jockey  
  Peter Cushing This Is Your Life   Tracy Edwards This Is Your Life   Michael Nicholson This Is Your Life  
  Peter CUSHING   Tracy EDWARDS   Michael NICHOLSON  
  The veteran actor was surprised for a 1990 edition   A 1990 edition pays tribute to the award winning sailor   The respected war correspndent was honoured in 1991  
  Tessa Sanderson This Is Your Life   Lionel Bart This Is Your Life   Robert Pountney This Is Your Life  
  Tessa SANDERSON   Lionel BART   Robert POUNTNEY  
  A 1992 edition featuring the Olympic gold medalist   The songwriter and composer honoured in 1991   The RAF winchman was surprised in 1990  
Spotlight on...
  This Is Your Life: Maurice Leonard feature   The Story of This Is Your Life feature   This Is Your Life: Behind The Scenes feature  
  Maurice Leonard   The Story of This Is Your Life   Behind the Scenes  
  the researcher's story   a BBC Did You See...? special   the programme's best kept secrets  
From the archive...
  Ray Cooney This Is Your Life   Joe Loss This Is Your Life   Peter Davison This Is Your Life  
  Ray COONEY   Joe LOSS   Peter DAVISON  
  The playwright, actor and director recalls his 1975 tribute in an interview recorded in 2013   Jennifer Jankel recalls her father, the musician and bandleader surprised in 1963 and 1980, in a 2016 interview   In an interview from 2015 the actor recalls his 1982 tribute