Dudley MOORE (1935-2002)

Dudley Moore This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 339
  • Subject No: 340
  • Broadcast date: Wed 13 Dec 1972
  • Broadcast time: 7.00-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Wed 22 Nov 1972
  • Repeated: Wed 27 Jun 1973 7.00pm
  • Venue: unknown
  • Series: 13
  • Edition: 5

on the guest list...

  • unknown

production team...

  • Researcher: unknown
  • Writer: unknown
  • Director: Margery Baker
  • Producer: Malcolm Morris
  • names above in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
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William Cook recalls this edition of This Is Your Life in his book, One Leg Too Few - The Adventures of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore...

Thanks to McGrath's wise stewardship and Peter and Dudley's irrepressible talent, the London producers were rewarded with a remarkably strong script. Yet, as the first night drew near, Peter began to get stage fright. Despite his bravado about 'the crickets', he was always more nervous about reviews than Dudley. This time, it wasn't just the fear of bad notices that made him jumpy. The management had followed his instructions and had booked one of the West End's biggest venues - the Cambridge Theatre, which held over 1,200 seats. This art deco auditorium was an architectural gem but Peter didn't like it. He thought it had no atmosphere. He thought it was too big. He was probably right. With its stark modernist design, the Cambridge Theatre was large and airy, far better suited for glitzy musicals. With hindsight, Peter and Dudley might have felt more comfortable in a smaller theatre like the Fortune, where Beyond The Fringe had thrived. Still, hiring a big venue had been Peter's idea. It was too late for second thoughts.

Joe McGrath also had his reservations about the theatre. The stagehands kept on changing, for one thing. They never got the lighting cues right, he said. 'We rehearsed for days before the first night, and half an hour before curtain-up a new group of stagehands came on, who hadn't even seen it. There was worse to come. On 21 November, as Peter and Dudley were about to start their dress rehearsal, just a few hours before the press night, Eamonn Andrews turned up at the theatre, disguised as a traffic warden, and spirited Dudley away for a surprise appearance on This Is Your Life. Meekly, Peter accompanied Dudley to the Thames TV studios - there was little else he could do. Dudley asked McGrath to come too, but he said no. He was far too cross. 'I'm not going!' he said. 'This is a first night! I'm not leaving this theatre until we go up!' Eventually, hours later, Peter and Dudley returned to the theatre, where McGrath had been waiting for them. By now it was too late for any sort of run-through. And that wasn't the only problem. While Dudley had been doing This Is Your Life, Peter had been in the green room, with the drinks trolley. He was completely pissed.

Series 13 subjects

Pat Phoenix | Bill Griffiths | Shirley Bassey | Warren Mitchell | Dudley Moore | Phyllis Calvert | Larry Grayson | Clive Sullivan
Bill Shankly | Willie Carson | Jack Smethurst | Mary Peters | Noele Gordon | James Corrigan | Pat Reid | Diana Coupland
Dulcie Gray | Janet Adams | Rita Hunter | Leslie Crowther | Jimmy Logan | Spike Milligan | Jackie Pallo
John Gregson | Jackie Charlton | Francis O'Leary