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 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 joyful 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 website 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, initially broadcast in June 2018, which highlights a year in the show's history - 1978

The Big Red Book website is an independent research project which receives no official funding and is free of advertising. A true labour of love - online since 2010.

If you find the site informative or enjoyable, please consider a donation - no matter how small - to help with the running costs - and keep the Big Red Book open!

Thank you - please enjoy the pages of the Big Red Book...

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