Colin MILBURN (1941-1990)

Colin Milburn This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 276
  • Subject No: 278
  • Broadcast date: Wed 8 Apr 1970
  • Broadcast time: 7.00-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Tue 7 Apr 1970
  • Venue: Euston Road Studios
  • Series: 10
  • Edition: 20

on the guest list...

  • Denis Compton
  • Jack - father
  • Bertha - mother
  • Linda Thorson
  • Lesley Woolley
  • Bill Brown
  • Thomas Henderson
  • Bill Coverdale
  • Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie
  • Barry Smith
  • Malcolm Scott
  • Fred Trueman
  • Samantha Jones
  • Ray Lindwall

production team...

  • names above in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
related pages...

Life Before Wicket

bowling up the cricketers

Denis Compton

Fred Trueman

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Mark Peel recalls this edition of This Is Your Life in his book, Cricketing Falstaff...

Further kudos came his way when he was the subject of Eamonn Andrews' popular programme This Is Your Life during a meeting in his adviser's London office.

He was in London discussing his future in the game with his friend Denis Compton when Andrews caught up with him.

Andrews had managed to impose on Jack and Bertha a sworn secrecy about the programme, so effective that people in Burnopfield were subsequently offended that they hadn't been let into it and Jack fell out with his brother over the affair. In the lead-up to the live recording which went out at prime time on ITV, Bertha, uneasy with all the fuss, but not wanting to let Colin down, allowed her anxieties to get the better of her. She lost a stone in weight and was unable to sleep the night before the programme. In the event she need not have worried. The show went off without a hitch and her own composure in front of the cameras won commendation from Andrews afterwards.

In a programme barely half an hour in length it was impossible to do full justice to Milburn's sporting prowess, but the appearance of cricketers such as Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie, Fred Trueman and Ray Lindwall, specially flown over from Australia for the occasion, blended easily with stars from show business such as Linda Thorsen of The Avengers to provide ample testimony to Milburn's celebrity status as a cricketing Pavarotti.

Open Writing website 28 September 2011

A Geordie All-Rounder: 42 - The Burnopfield Basher

All-round sportsman Malcolm Scott tells of his final season playing county cricket.

Over and above Colin Milburn's cricket success in Australia, 1969 was a tragic year for my mate from Burnopfield. Just before midnight on the 23rd May at Moulton in Northamptonshire four vehicles lay in ruins.

Unfortunately so did Colin's cricket career. The same day we had achieved one of the highlights of the season by beating the West Indian touring side by 65 runs. Due to play Surrey the next day we were all shocked to hear Colin had been injured. Later we learnt he had lost an eye in the crash. The Burnopfield basher made a brave comeback but unfortunately was never the same again.

About six months later Barry Smith (a friend of Colin) and I were contacted by a member of the BBC, who asked if we would, amongst others, appear on the Eamonn Andrews popular TV show This Is Your Life, the celebrity being Colin Milburn. We readily agreed and were told it would take two evenings, with a rehearsal run through the day before the show.

As it happened, we had already planned a few days holiday in the north east before this came up. So Colin, Barry, Mary and myself spent time together both in Shields and in Burnopfield. Colin of course had no idea about the forthcoming show and after a few 'bevvies' we were all on edge in case we gave the game away. Somehow we managed to keep the secret and finally said cheerio, with Mary, who had just passed her driving test, driving me back to Shields.

The next week's rehearsals was chaos, with people forgetting their lines, myself included. The Milburn's family milkman was there and when he approached Eamonn Andrews, he just froze. When he finally did speak up nobody could understand a word he was saying because of his broad Geordie accent. At that point I didn't think there would be a show.

On the 'night' things improved, although behind the curtain, watching the proceedings on TV waiting for our turn to go on, the nerves were stretched. Colin was shocked, but the secret had been kept. He put on a great performance and Eamonn Andrews seemed please with the proceedings.

Personally I had mixed feelings about how Colin would cope with the evening. Normally, he would have enjoyed the event, but knowing him so well, I was aware he was silently suffering from the loss of his left eye. At the end of a successful evening Colin went off with his parents to some after-show celebrations.

There were a lot of well know people at the show such as famous cricketers Denis Compton, Fred Trueman and Australian Ray Lindwall. I have no idea how it happened but later in the evening I found myself in a nightclub sitting alongside Fred and Ray, two of the best fast bowlers the world has ever known. It was a memorable night.

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