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

  This Is Your Life titles   Tessa Sanderson This Is Your Life   Michael Aspel feature   TV Times article   Gyles Brandreth 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...
  Gyles Brandreth This Is Your Life   Babs Powell This Is Your Life   Paul Young This Is Your Life  
  Gyles BRANDRETH   Babs POWELL   Paul YOUNG  
  Rosemary Conley This Is Your Life   Nick Ross This Is Your Life   Ray and Trevor Powles This Is Your Life  
  Rosemary CONLEY   Nick ROSS   Ray and Trevor POWLES  
  Stephanie Cook This Is Your Life   Ian Lavender This Is Your Life   Henry Sandon This Is Your Life  
  Stephanie COOK   Ian LAVENDER   Henry SANDON  
  Linda Barker This Is Your Life   Claire Sweeney This Is Your Life   Lloyd Scott This Is Your Life  
  Linda BARKER   Claire SWEENEY   Lloyd SCOTT  
      Julian Fellowes This Is Your Life      
      Julian FELLOWES      
Spotlight on...
  The Night of 1000 Lives feature   This Is Your Life: Venues and Sets feature   This Is Your Life: New Lease of Life feature  
  The Night of 1000 Lives   Venues and Sets   New Lease of Life  
  a celebration of a thousand editions   the studio look and locations   the programme's relaunch  
From the archive...
  Christopher Timothy This Is Your Life   Googie Withers This Is Your Life   Gary Wilmot This Is Your Life  
  Christopher TIMOTHY   Googie WITHERS   Gary WILMOT