Claire RAYNER (1931-2010)

Claire Rayner This Is Your Life
  • In a This Is Your Life first - the presenter interviews himself!

programme details...

  • Edition No: 750
  • Subject No: 743
  • Broadcast date: Wed 11 Jan 1989
  • Broadcast time: 7.00-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Wed 26 Oct 1988
  • Venue: Teddington Studios
  • Series: 29
  • Edition: 13
  • Code name: Sun

on the guest list...

  • Jane Reed
  • Angela Willians
  • Iris Burton
  • Robert Wilson
  • David German
  • Michael Leggett
  • Jayne Irving
  • Des - husband
  • Amanda - daughter
  • Adam - son
  • Jay - son
  • Oliver Tremor
  • Max - uncle
  • Muriel - aunt
  • Rosemarie Nelson
  • Keith Fordyce
  • Jack Tinker
  • Matthew Kelly
  • Una Stubbs
  • Sheila - sister
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Danny La Rue
  • Maxine - sister
  • Lionel - brother
  • Michael Aspel

production team...

  • Researcher: Claire Jenkinson
  • Writer: Roy Bottomley
  • Directors: Brian Klein, David Clark
  • Producer: Malcolm Morris
  • names above in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
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Claire Rayner's autobiography

Claire Rayner recalls This Is Your Life in her autobiography, How Did I Get Here From There?...

And then there was the time when I was caught for This Is Your Life, which is an extraordinary experience for anyone.

By the time they got to me – after, I was told, several failed attempts – the original presenter, Eamonn Andrews, had died, but they never wasted a script.

When Mike Aspel took over the programme they tried to get me again and this time succeeded.

That meant he had to be a guest on his own show, because he had been written into the original Andrews version. So he interviewed himself about me. I liked it a lot. I don't know if he did.

Roy Bottomley This Is Your Life book

Scriptwriter Roy Bottomley recalls this edition of This Is Your Life in his book, This Is Your Life: The Story of Television's Famous Big Red Book...

An early mishap nearly finished off one of our other programmes. We were going to surprise Claire Rayner on board the 15.25 train from Huddersfield, with Michael dressed as a ticket collector. We couldn't get on the train as Claire left Huddersfield because she would have spotted us, so we arranged that the camera crew, Michael and I would jump on at Stevenage. Michael and I arrived at Stevenage but we got the message that our camera team had got on the wrong train.

There isn't a lot you can do about that situation except say a few prayers.

The crew arrived with seconds to spare and we all made it on the right train just a few carriages behind a blissfully unaware Claire Rayner. Our lighting man was told that he could plug into the electric circuit of the train, which he did – and all the lights went out. A couple of minutes later the power was restored and we got to about ten yards behind Claire when our main video camera jammed. I pulled Michael back just in time. The train was due in King's Cross within a few minutes, but by the time the camera was fixed we had just two minutes to go. We got her, but it was too close for my liking.

Series 29 subjects

Mickey Rooney | Phil Collins | Paul Daniels | Tom Finney | Esther Rantzen | Richard Todd | Engelbert Humperdinck
Barry McGuigan | Robert Maxwell | Harry Corbett | Cliff Morgan | Roy Hudd | Claire Rayner | Cyril Bertram Mills
Dora Bryan | Margaret Hayles | Denis Healey | Gillian Lynne | Nigel Mansell | Su Pollard