The BEVERLEY Sisters - Joy (1924-2015) Teddie (1927-) Babs (1927-2018)

The Beverley Sisters This Is Your Life
  • The first trio of subjects and the first set of twins to be featured on This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 262
  • Subject Nos: 262-264
  • Broadcast live: Wed 31 Dec 1969
  • Broadcast time: 7.00-7.30pm
  • Venue: Euston Road Studios
  • Series: 10
  • Edition: 6

on the guest list...

  • Norman Newell
  • Geoff Love
  • Billy Wright - Joy's husband
  • Peter Felix - Teddie's husband
  • Dickie Henderson
  • Cecil Madden
  • Mrs Beverley
  • John Dankworth
  • Johnny Franz
  • John Dene
  • Rick Murran
  • Arthur Williams
  • Albert Ward
  • Les Ward
  • Vincent Wright
  • Sister Mary Fidelis
  • Jock Ware

production team...

  • Researcher: unknown
  • Writers: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley
  • Director: Margery Baker
  • Producer: Robert Tyrrell
  • names above in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
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The Beverley Sisters review

The Times 1 January 1970

Backwards into the 1970s

By Leonard Buckley

Forward into 1970 with Bob Hope and Elvis Presley. Television yesterday made certain that while the New Year waited in the wings we should have an evening of nostalgia. But besides the transatlantic stars there was homespun talent, too.

Man Alive on BBC2 gave us a portrait of Bryan Forbes, actor turned film tycoon. This was a buttonholing programme but it attempted too much. It was best when it was looking back.

If, however, you want to dwell on the years that the locust hath eaten there is nothing quite like half an hour with Thames Television's This Is Your Life. Last night's subject was the Beverley Sisters and if one can say it in the nicest possible way these ladies go back a distance themselves. But I cannot report that the saga of their lives enthralled me. As we are dealing with what one gentleman called the best sister act in the business the half an hour was naturally rooted in the world of entertainment: it quickly became a cosy exercise in mutual admiration. I felt like a stranger at a party where everybody was kissing everybody else.

But what happened to the programme itself? It is not so much a shadow of its former self as a tatty imitation. This has nothing to do with the central figures, although one can remember when This Is Your Life could nobble a real live king and fly in participants from Fiji or Valparaiso at the drop of a hat.

One gentleman was indeed flown in last night from the United States, but his entrance was quite perfunctory. That clearly is the trouble. The element of surprise has dwindled. The sense of occasion is gone. In short the programme has lost its panache. Heigh ho for radio's Desert Island Discs which can still present Lord Montgomery.

Series 10 subjects

Des O'Connor | Bobby Charlton | Harry Driver | Twiggy | Honor Blackman | The Beverley Sisters | John Fairfax | Henry Cooper
Jackie Stewart | Jimmy Savile | Arthur Dooley | Wendy Craig | Tony Jacklin | Charlie Cairoli | Richard Evans | Alfie Bass
Jack Good | Joe Mercer | Ronnie Corbett | Colin Milburn | Frankie Vaughan | Lorna Ridgway | Val Doonican
Johnny Speight | Reg Varney | Harold French