Edward WOODWARD OBE (1930-2009)

Edward Woodward This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 906
  • Subject No: second timer
  • Broadcast date: Wed 1 Feb 1995
  • Broadcast time: 7.00-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Mon 9 Jan 1995
  • Venue: Teddington Studios
  • Series: 35
  • Edition: 14
  • Code name: Dust

on the guest list...

  • Sarah - daughter
  • Tim - son
  • Peter - son
  • Emily Beth - daughter
  • Michele Dotrice - wife
  • Roy Hudd
  • Tim Healy
  • Frank Finlay
  • Roy Dotrice
  • Anthony Valentine
  • Robert Hardy
  • Christopher Lee
  • Michael Sloan
  • Bruce Beresford
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Judi Dench
  • not included in broadcast edition:
  • Anthony Newley

production team...

  • Researcher: Elizabeth Ross
  • 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
related pages...

Edward Woodward

first tribute

An Actor's Life For Me

spotlight on the stars

Life Second Time Around

surprised again!

The Night of 1000 Lives

a celebration of a thousand editions

Roy Dotrice

Tim Healy

Christopher Lee


Michele Dotrice, actress and wife of Edward Woodward, recalls this edition of This Is Your Life in an exclusive interview recorded in March 2013

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Edward Woodward's biography

Carolyn McGivern recalls this edition of This Is Your Life in her book, Starring Edward Woodward...

On 9th January 1995 at Teddington Studios, Woodward became a guest on This is Your Life, second time around, having been previously honoured in 1971. This time it was Michael Aspel who surprised a shocked Woodward, "Michael Aspel, as I live and breathe!" Participants on this show included all his children, Sarah, Tim, Peter and Emily Beth, his wife, Michele, and friends Roy Hudd, Tim Healy, Frank Finlay, Roy Dotrice, Anthony Valentine, Robert Hardy, Christopher Lee, Michael Sloan, Bruce Beresford, and there was a filmed tribute from Judi Dench. Anthony Newley also filmed a tribute but it was not shown in the TV broadcast.

Michele had been organiser-in-chief behind the scenes for the show and later said, "It was a bit tricky for me when I was asked, I thought 'how are they going to do this, he's already been done.' But I was thrilled to bits and knew he would be too. Edward loved anything like that. He loved it and he was the most gullible person you could meet in life. So I knew they wouldn't have a problem gelling him. I thought, 'yes, this will be lovely.'"

"His career had become so international with his American exposure. And also the marvellous films he had done, Breaker Morant and The Wicker Man. I thought I would really love this to happen for him."

"They were doing a photo shoot for the thing he was doing at the time, House of Angelo, with the family. Michael Aspel arrived in full frock coat and tricorn costume, in a coach and horses. Edward was a bit confused, trying to put it all together. His brain was going berserk and he was genuinely lost for words."

"You know he was a wordsmith, he really was and he was never lost for words. But you can see it in his face, he is totally bewildered."

"His children were all around him. The thing is, with This Is Your Life, they like a lot of big stars and Edward and I didn't know many big names. So when they suggested people like Christopher Lee, I thought that would be nice, but they weren't bosom buddies. You know they worked together, but that was it. They also mentioned Frank Finlay and he'd known Edward forever. He was a dear friend."

"People like my dad. Daddy came on and had a ball with him. They had a lovely time together. And dear Roy Hudd, who was very much part of his childhood. And Judi Dench, who goes way back with Edward and is a darling person."

"I thought it would be lovely for him, and he loved, loved, loved Judi. There was also the writer of The Equalizer, Michael Sloan and Bruce Beresford, who did Breaker Morant, came over from Australia."

"Edward felt surrounded by a lot of love. We really felt that. It was a really happy occasion. Edward was a great raconteur; in fact he used to say, 'I bore myself to death. You must stop me from talking darling, because I just don't stop.' He was in his element as people came on and said, 'Do you remember so and so?'"

"He was always gracious. Always delighted to see people, and loved to chat. He liked a good natter with everybody. He wasn't full of glory and was bemused by all the attention."

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