Barry CRYER (1935-2021)

Barry Cryer This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 904
  • Subject No: 887
  • Broadcast date: Wed 18 Jan 1995
  • Broadcast time: 7.00-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Sun 20 Nov 1994
  • Venue: Teddington Studios
  • Series: 35
  • Edition: 12
  • Code name: Tag

on the guest list...

  • Barry Took
  • Willie Rushton
  • Terry - wife
  • Tony - son
  • David - son
  • Bob - son
  • Ruby - granddaughter
  • Jacqui - daughter
  • Gary - son-in-law
  • John Gledhill
  • Richard Price
  • Brenda Bishop
  • Denis King
  • Ted Dicks
  • Bernard Cribbins
  • Danny La Rue
  • Jon Pertwee
  • Tim Brooke-Taylor
  • Humphrey Lyttelton
  • Graeme Garden
  • Ronnie Corbett
  • Colin Sell
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Russ Abbot
  • Rory Bremner
  • Jasper Carrott

production team...

  • Researcher: Mandy Nixon
  • Writer: Simon Booker
  • Director: Brian Klein
  • Associate Producer: John Graham
  • Executive Producer: Peter Estall
  • Producer: Malcolm Morris
  • names above in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
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Barry Cryer recalls his experience of This Is Your Life in an exclusive interview recorded in May 2015

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Barry Cryer recalls his experience of This Is Your Life in his autobiography, You Won't Believe This But... reproduced here with kind permission of the author...

Not everyone wants to be caught by This Is Your Life. Danny Blanchflower, the footballer, walked away when greeted by Eamonn Andrews. Richard Gordon, the author of the Doctor in the House books, uttered an expletive, but was persuaded to stay. Tommy Cooper, on the programme for the actor Bill Fraser, behaved as if the victim was Joe Frazier, the boxer. Much mirth ensued.

I appeared on it some seven or eight times, in a friend and colleague capacity, but I realised that I was beginning to look like rent-a-guest. When Bernard Cribbins was targeted, my wife and I were invited to be in the audience, but not on the programme. Afterward, Eamonn told me that, when my name was mentioned at a meeting as a possible participant, it got a laugh and I was barred from then on.

The phone rang; it was Willie Rushton. (He used to do an impression of a phone.) 'They want us to do a programme about double acts with old Tooky,' he said. I knew he was referring to my doppelganger, Barry Took. Nearly every day of my life, I am taken for the other Barry, on one occasion by Princess Anne – but that's a story involving heads of state and an international conspiracy that must wait for another time.

'That's fine,' I said.

'Do you really think so?' said Willie. He was playing his usual game of going against the tide.

'Yes, why not?' I said.

'Ah well, I'll do it, if you do,' he said.

I realised later that this was all an act: he knew that if he seemed too enthusiastic I would have been suspicious. I also realised that if I had agreed with him and said no the programme would have to be rethought or scrapped.

On the Sunday in question, we turned up at Teddington Studios to meet Barry. All that afternoon, my wife had been saying, 'You're not wearing those trousers are you?' As I was, it was a baffling question. We went into the studio. There was a simple, not to say awful, set. Willie and I sat on a settee. Barry began to introduce the show to the audience. He was reading from cards and I remember thinking it was all very offhand. But, then again, it was only a pilot for a proposed series. Suddenly, I became aware that someone had joined us. I thought at first it was the floor manager, but it was Michael Aspel with the red book. My second thought was that Willie was the victim, but then recalled that they had already done him and I had been on it. My third thought was apparently confirmed – it was going to be Tooky.

Michael said, 'Barry...' He paused and then said my name.

It's a strange out-of-body experience – totally unreal.

Jokes about my trousers proliferated; family and friends came on; Brenda from Leeds University all those years ago, now a postmistress in Suffolk, came back into my life and, glory of glories, I noticed a piano with a trumpet on top. Piano? Trumpet? On came Colin Sell, the definitive pianist, and then Humphrey Lyttelton. Colin announced that I was going to sing 'Show Me the Way to Go Home' accompanied by himself and Humph. My cup runneth over. I would sing with Humph before shuffling off this mortal coil.

Series 35 subjects

Andrew Lloyd Webber | Leslie Crowther | Mike Reid | Martin Bell | Marti Caine | David Wallace | Danny Baker | Stephanie Cole
Peter Ustinov | Lesley Joseph | Arthur C Clarke | Barry Cryer | Gretchen Franklin | Edward Woodward | Ned Sherrin | Spike Milligan
Howard Keel | Raymond Gainer | June Whitfield | Debbie Reynolds | Bill Cotton | Jimmy Hill | George Baker | James Herbert
Michael Denison and Dulcie Gray | Ivor Broom | Kriss Akabusi | Helen Shapiro