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  Sue Ryder This Is Your Life Sue RYDER

12 November 1956

Sue - a reluctant subject - was surprised by Eamonn while recording a 'mock' interview at the King's Theatre, Hammersmith.
In 1953 Sue established the Sue Ryder Foundation - a charity which aimed to provide homes for concentration camp survivors and nursing care for the elderly and disabled.

     
Leonard Cheshire This Is Your Life Leonard Cheshire This Is Your Life Leonard CHESHIRE

19 September 1960

The charity founder and former Royal Air Force pilot - who was the youngest Group Captain in the service and, following his Victoria Cross for gallantry, the most decorated - was surprised by Eamonn in London's Vincent Square.
Among those greeting Leonard was his wife - and former This Is Your Life subject - Sue Ryder.

     
     
Louie Ramsay This Is Your Life Louie RAMSAY

27 January 1958

Eamonn interrupted a performance of the pantomime Babes in the Wood at the King's Theatre, Edinburgh, to surprise the actress and dancer who had recently been paralysed by an unknown virus, but from which she had made a full recovery. Louie's guests include Jimmy Logan, Hattie Jacques and a recorded message from Wilfred Pickles.

     
George Baker This Is Your Life George Baker This Is Your Life George BAKER

5 April 1995

The actor - well known to television viewers as Inspector Wexford in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries - was surprised by Michael at the Port Solent Marina in Hampshire. Actress Louie Ramsay appeared in the detective series as George's onscreen wife Dora, and the two were married for real in 1993. Other guests include actresses Sylvia Syms and Jean Anderson.

     
     
John Mills This Is Your Life John Mills This Is Your Life John MILLS
19 December 1960 - Eamonn surprised the popular film actor at the entrance of Pinewood Studios.

26 October 1983 - Eamonn caught up with the head of the acting dynasty a second time, at the curtain call of the play Little Lies on the stage of the Wyndham's Theatre in London, for an extended edition of the show.
     
  Hayley Mills This Is Your Life Hayley MILLS

5 December 1973

The actress - and youngest daughter of actor John Mills and sister of actress Juliet Mills - was surprised by Eamonn in the projection room of a private cinema in central London.
Among others, Hayley's guests are actor and film director Lionel Jeffries, who greets her in the studio, and actress Maureen O'Hara, who sends a filmed message.

     
Juliet Mills This Is Your Life Juliet Mills This Is Your Life Juliet MILLS

28 October 1992

The actress - and the eldest daughter of actor John Mills and sister of actress Hayley Mills - was surprised by Michael during the curtain call of the Noel Coward play Fallen Angels on stage at the Richmond Theatre, where the tribute was then recorded.
Juliet's guests include husband and wife actors Michael Denison and Dulcie Gray.

     
     
  James Chipperfield This Is Your Life James CHIPPERFIELD

13 March 1961

James - a member of the famous circus family and an experienced animal trainer who supplied animals to film productions - was surprised by Eamonn in the audience at the BBC Television Theatre.
Jimmy's tribute includes his daughter and future This Is Your Life subject, Mary Chipperfield, as well as Bruno III the Bear and Sally the Elephant!

     
Mary Chipperfield This Is Your Life Mary Chipperfield This Is Your Life Mary CHIPPERFIELD

2 March 1977

The animal trainer and circus entertainer was giving a talk on circus animals to children at a school in Teddington when Eamonn surprised her.
Mary specialises in a chimpanzee act, and her show includes appearances by Fred the chimp and Rosie the elephant, along with a tribute from the legendary Swiss circus director Fredy Knie.

     
     
Billy Wright This Is Your Life Billy Wright This Is Your Life Billy WRIGHT
8 May 1961 - the Wolverhampton Wanderers footballer - and husband to one third of The Beverley Sisters - was surprised by Eamonn at the EMI Studios in London's St John's Wood

17 January 1990 - Michael did the honours second time around - surprising Billy at Teddington Studios.
     
  The Beverley Sisters This Is Your Life The BEVERLEY Sisters

31 December 1969

The first trio to be featured on This Is Your Life - the singing group consisting of sisters Joy, Teddy and Babs - were surprised for a New Year's Eve edition during the first series produced by Thames Television.
Guests include entertainer Dickie Henderson, musician John Dankworth and Joy's husband, footballer Billy Wright.

     
     
Cleo Laine This Is Your Life Cleo Laine This Is Your Life Cleo LAINE

23 October 1962

Eamonn surprised the actress and jazz singer at the BBC Television Theatre, during a recording of a song she was singing with her husband, John Dankworth and his band.
Cleo's tribute includes messages from entertainer Roy Castle and actress Sheila Hancock.

     
  This Is Your Life Big Red Book John DANKWORTH

27 February 1974

The musician and composer who established his own jazz orchestra in the 1950s and married the singer and actress Cleo Laine in 1958 was surprised by Eamonn.

     
     
Bobby Charlton This Is Your Life Bobby Charlton This Is Your Life Bobby CHARLTON

26 November 1969

As one of the 'Busby Babes', Bobby had played for Manchester United since 1956, and was also a member of the 1966 World Cup winning England team.
Eamonn surprised him as he became the first recipient of an award for great moments in sport at The Sportsman's Club in London, from where the programme was then broadcast.

     
Jackie Charlton This Is Your Life Jackie Charlton This Is Your Life Jackie CHARLTON

2 May 1973

Jackie - part of the successful Leeds United club side since 1953 - was surprised by Eamonn at Thames Television's Euston Road Studios.
Jackie had been a member of the 1966 World Cup winning team, playing in every game of the campaign, and England's manager Sir Alf Ramsay pays his tribute to 'one of the greatest' in a recorded message.

     
     
  Mike and Bernie Winters This Is Your Life Mike and Bernie WINTERS

16 December 1970

The brothers - who formed a comedy double act and made their first television appearance in 1955 - were surprised by Eamonn during the programme's second series produced by Thames Television.
Among those paying tribute to the brothers are jazz saxophonist John Dankworth and manager of Manchester City FC, Joe Mercer.

     
     
Graham Hill This Is Your Life Graham Hill This Is Your Life Graham HILL

20 January 1971

The two-time Formula One world champion was surprised by Eamonn during a press launch for a new racing car at London's Hilton Hotel - from where the show was broadcast.
The programme includes tributes from fellow drivers Jackie Stewart, Stirling Moss and Jack Brabham, along with a filmed message from his young son Damon.

     
Damon Hill This Is Your Life Damon Hill This Is Your Life Damon HILL

11 January 1999

Racing commentator Murray Walker helped Michael surprise the Formula One racing driver at London's Landmark Hotel. Damon won the F1 World Championship in 1996 - the only son of a previous World Champion to ever do so. In a tribute within a tribute, his show includes a clip of his appearance, as a child, on his father Graham's This Is Your Life.

     
     
Alfred Marks This Is Your Life Alfred Marks This Is Your Life Alfred MARKS

24 November 1971

The actor and comedian - popular on radio, film and television since the early 1950s - was surprised by Eamonn during the curtain call of the farce Don't Just Lie There Say Something at the Garrick Theatre in London.
Back at Thames Television's Euston Road Studios, Alfred's tribute includes recorded messages from actress Hermione Gingold and actor Peter Sellers.

     
Paddie O'Neil This Is Your Life Paddie O'Neil This Is Your Life Paddie O'NEIL

23 January 1980

The comedy actress and singer was surprised by Eamonn - with some help from her actor husband Alfred Marks - while riding the ghost train at Chessington Zoo.
Among those paying tribute are actor and comedian Norman Wisdom and television's cookery experts Fanny and Johnny Craddock.

     
     
Pauline Collins This Is Your Life Pauline Collins This Is Your Life Pauline COLLINS

5 April 1972

Pauline was surprised by Eamonn while on location in London's Belgravia, filming a promotional trailer for the highly successful television series Upstairs Downstairs, in which she plays the maid, Sarah.
Among those greeting Pauline at Thames Television's Euston Road Studios are actress Patricia Hayes and writer John Mortimer.

     
John Alderton This Is Your Life John Alderton This Is Your Life John ALDERTON

6 February 1974

It wasn't long after surprising the actress Pauline Collins that Eamonn caught up with her husband - and co-star in ITV's drama series Upstairs Downstairs – tracking him down and surprising him at a garage on the A40.
John's colleagues from his popular ITV situation comedy Please Sir! are on the guest list, as are the actors Tom Courtenay and Anna Neagle.

     
     
Lulu This Is Your Life Lulu This Is Your Life Lulu

10 May 1972

The Scottish singer and actress was surprised by Eamonn as she entered a darkened Studio 5 in Thames Television's Euston Road Studios.
Lulu's husband, Maurice Gibb, is in attendance with his Bee Gees brothers, while actor Sidney Poitier - who starred with Lulu in the movie To Sir With Love - pays tribute via a recorded message.

     
The Bee Gees This Is Your Life The Bee Gees This Is Your Life The BEE GEES

20 February 1991

Brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb - remembered as the foremost act of the late 1970s disco era - were surprised by Michael while being interviewed by disc jockey Steve Wright on his Radio 1 programme at BBC Broadcasting House.
The tribute includes recorded messages from Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand and Michael Jackson.

     
     
  Dulcie Gray This Is Your Life Dulcie GRAY

7 March 1973

A curtain call of the play The Dragon Variation is where Eamonn surprises Dulcie - at the Richmond Theatre - from where the tribute was then broadcast.
Dulcie's guests include fellow actors Barbara Mullen and Richard Attenborough, who join her on stage to pay tribute, while her Gainsborough Pictures co-star James Mason sends a recorded message.

     
Michael Denison This Is Your Life Michael Denison This Is Your Life Michael DENISON

23 February 1977

Michael's wife and regular co-star Dulcie Gray assisted Eamonn in surprising the actor in the foyer of the Inn on the Park Hotel off London's Park Lane.
Among those paying tribute to Michael in person are former prisoner-of-war, Sam Derry and actress Barbara Mullen, while actress Juliet Mills and actor Richard Todd send their greetings on film.

     
Dulcie Gray and Michael Denison This Is Your Life Dulcie Gray and Michael Denison This Is Your Life Michael DENISON and Dulcie GRAY

19 April 1995

The well-respected acting couple - both previous subjects - were surprised by Michael at a reunion party for the BBC television series Howard's Way, on board the Sir Thomas More boat at Teddington Lock.
A star-studded guest list includes Sir John Gielgud, Sir John Mills and Lady Mills, while Michael Aspel reads out a letter from the Queen Mother.

     
     
Peter Butterworth This Is Your Life Peter Butterworth This Is Your Life Peter BUTTERWORTH

5 March 1975

Peter is surprised by Eamonn while out shopping with his wife, the actress and impressionist Janet Brown, in London's Selfridges department store.
The tribute focuses on Peter's war service, including his time as a prisoner-of-war in Stalag Luft III and his guests include Carry On writer Talbot Rothwell and actor Terry Scott.

     
Janet Brown This Is Your Life Janet Brown This Is Your Life Janet BROWN

3 December 1980

Famous at the time for her impression of the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, the actress and comedienne was surprised by Eamonn at Thames Television's Euston Road Studios.
Some of the victims of Janet's mimicry skills are part of her guest list – presenter Esther Rantzen, dog-trainer Barbara Woodhouse and Broadway star Carol Channing.

     
     
Sheila Hancock This Is Your Life Sheila Hancock This Is Your Life Sheila HANCOCK

5 January 1977

Eamonn surprised the actress at the curtain call of the play The Bed Before Yesterday at London's Lyric Theatre, where the programme was then recorded.
Sheila's husband John Thaw and their daughters had been watching the play surreptitiously from one of the theatre boxes, before joining her on stage for the tribute.

     
John Thaw This Is Your Life John Thaw This Is Your Life John THAW

18 March 1981

The popular actor - best known to television viewers as the hard-bitten, tough talking Flying Squad detective Jack Regan in the popular ITV police series The Sweeney - was surprised by Eamonn in the foyer of the National Theatre in London.
Actors Tom Courtenay, Richard Briers and Diana Rigg are among those paying tribute.

     
     
Tony Britton This Is Your Life Tony Britton This Is Your Life Tony BRITTON

26 January 1977

Eamonn dressed up as a doorman at London's Café Royal - and enlisted the help of the actor's co-stars from the television sitcom Robin's Nest, Tessa Wyatt and Richard O'Sullivan - to surprise Tony.
On the guest list are actresses Margaret Lockwood and Moira Lister, while actor Peter Finch sends a filmed message.

     
Fern Britton This Is Your Life Fern Britton This Is Your Life Fern BRITTON

7 February 2002

The former presenter of the BBC television cookery gameshow Ready Steady Cook was surprised by Michael during a presentation of donated equipment at the Wickham Hospital in Buckinghamshire.
Fern is the daughter of comedy actor Tony Britton and her tribute includes a clip of her appearance on his This Is Your Life, which was broadcast in 1977.

     
     
Brian Rix This Is Your Life Brian Rix This Is Your Life Brian RIX
23 October 1961 – Eamonn and the team were in a panic waiting to surprise the actor and charity worker who arrived later than planned to a friend's house in Surrey.

13 April 1977 – Brian was caught by Eamonn a second time at a charity cheque presentation on the stage of Her Majesty's Theatre in London.
     
Sheila Mercier This Is Your Life Sheila Mercier This Is Your Life Sheila MERCIER

13 November 1985

Eamonn disguised himself as a farm hand, and rode a horse and cart to the Emmerdale Farm set, as the cast gathered for a photo shoot arranged to celebrate the 1000th edition of the soap opera. Among those paying tribute to Sheila - who has been with the series since its very first episode - are actors Dinah Sheridan and Frank Thornton and her brother Brian Rix.

     
     
The Bachelors This Is Your Life The Bachelors This Is Your Life The BACHELORS

4 January 1978

The popular Irish singing trio - made up of John Stokes and brothers Con and Dec Cluskey - whose hit songs include I Believe and Diane - were surprised by Eamonn during a photo shoot at the top of the Telecom Tower in London.
Among those paying tribute are singer Matt Monro and magicians David Berglas and David Nixon.

     
     
Dennis Waterman This Is Your Life Dennis Waterman This Is Your Life Dennis WATERMAN

5 April 1978

The actor - currently appearing in the television series The Sweeney alongside John Thaw - was surprised by Eamonn while filming scenes for the police series on location in central London.
Dennis - who began his career as a child actor - is greeted by actors Susan George and Robert Powell, and footballer Alan Mullery.

     
Rula Lenska This Is Your Life Rula Lenska This Is Your Life Rula LENSKA

10 January 1996

Rula's husband Dennis Waterman was on hand to help Michael surprise the actress at the curtain call of a pantomime at Redhill's Harlequin Theatre.
Paying tribute to the actress - who is of Polish descent and renounced her title as a Polish countess - are actors Christopher Timothy and Anita Dobson and explorer John Blashford-Snell.

     
     
Barbara Kelly This Is Your Life Barbara Kelly This Is Your Life Barbara KELLY

15 November 1978

The Canadian-born actress and broadcaster, perhaps best known as a panellist on BBC television's hugely successful game show What's My Line? was surprised by Eamonn at London's Tower Hotel.
Barbara had recently had her engagement ring stolen, and her husband Bernard Braden surprised her with a replacement during the recording of the tribute.

     
Bernard Braden This Is Your Life Bernard Braden This Is Your Life Bernard BRADEN

16 January 1991

Bernard was originally due to be surprised years earlier, but the tribute had to be cancelled when a member of the family inadvertently spilt the beans!
Finally then, Michael was able to surprise the Canadian-born actor and broadcaster, with the help of Bernard's wife, Barbara Kelly, outside London's Aldwych Theatre.

     
     
Robert Powell This Is Your Life Robert Powell This Is Your Life Robert POWELL

28 February 1979

Robert - fresh from his recent success in the title role of the lavish television production, Jesus of Nazareth - was surprised by Eamonn while out walking on London's Embankment.
Among those paying tribute to Robert are the television film's director Franco Zefferelli and executive producer Lord Lew Grade.

     
Babs Powell This Is Your Life Babs Powell This Is Your Life Babs POWELL

15 November 2001

The former dancer with Pans People, and wife of actor Robert Powell, was surprised by Michael during a fundraising lunch held in her honour at St Katharine's Dock in London.
Babs, who recently took part in the BT Global Yacht Challenge - a round the world yacht race - is greeted by, among others, sailors Tracy Edwards and Chay Blyth.

     
     
Andrew Lloyd Webber This Is Your Life Andrew Lloyd Webber This Is Your Life Andrew LLOYD WEBBER

26 November 1980 - Eamonn - and the company members of the composer's current hit show Evita - surprised Andrew in the foyer of Thames Television's Euston Road Studios for his first Big Red Book.
2 November 1994 - Michael caught Andrew at the Adelphi Theatre - where his latest success Sunset Boulevard was playing – for a specially extended edition launching the programme's return to the BBC.

     
Sarah Brightman This Is Your Life Sarah Brightman This Is Your Life Sarah BRIGHTMAN

1 November 1989

Sarah - well known for her roles in the West End musicals Cats and Phantom of the Opera - was surprised by Michael, and her former dance colleagues from Hot Gossip and Pans People, at RAF Wittering.
Among those paying tribute are film director Steven Spielberg, actor Michael Crawford and singer and musical theatre star, Michael Ball.

     
     
Gemma Craven This Is Your Life Gemma Craven This Is Your Life Gemma CRAVEN

4 March 1981

Eamonn enlisted the help of actor Tom Conti and playwright Ray Cooney to surprise the actress at London's Shaftesbury Theatre following a matinee performance of the musical They're Playing Our Song.
Gemma was greeted by broadcaster Terry Wogan and singer Val Doonican - before returning to the Shaftesbury for the evening performance of the show.

     
Frazer Hines This Is Your Life Frazer Hines This Is Your Life Frazer HINES

14 October 1992

The actor - best known as Joe Sugden in television's Emmerdale Farm - was surprised by Michael on the show's set - outside the Woolpack – on the occasion of the soap's 20th anniversary.
Among those greeting him back at the studios of Yorkshire Television are Coronation Street's Bill Waddington and actress Susan George.

     
Liz Hobbs This Is Your Life Liz Hobbs This Is Your Life Liz HOBBS

7 January 1987

The champion water-skier arrived on horseback at Teddington Studios, where Eamonn then surprised her. Seven times British champion, Liz took the European Water-Ski Racing title before her 18th birthday and became World Water-Ski Racing Champion aged just 21. She broke the British European and World Speed Records and retired undefeated champion of the world!

     
     
Joan Collins This Is Your Life Joan Collins This Is Your Life Joan COLLINS

3 November 1982

Eamonn surprised the actress - and former Rank contract star - as she arrived at Teddington Studios on the day of her father's 80th birthday.
Currently starring in the American television series Dynasty, Joan's show includes tributes from her soap colleagues John Forsythe and Linda Evans, as well as Hollywood's Gregory Peck and Robert Wagner.

     
Anthony Newley This Is Your Life Anthony Newley This Is Your Life Anthony NEWLEY

2 December 1992

Michael interrupted another curtain call, this time at the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham to surprise the star of Scrooge! Anthony was under the impression his co-star, Stratford Johns, was to be the subject.
The show, recorded at the venue, includes messages from ex-wife Joan Collins, Burt Bacharach and Petula Clark.

     
Jackie Collins This Is Your Life Jackie Collins This Is Your Life Jackie COLLINS

24 March 1993

The production team travelled to Hollywood, so Michael could surprise the highly successful novelist at the glamorous Bel Age Hotel in Los Angeles, during a launch party for the video release of a television mini-series of her latest book, Lady Boss. Her sister, Joan Collins, sends a filmed message, while other guests include actors Glynis Barber and Michael Brandon.

     
     
Katie Boyle This Is Your Life Katie Boyle This Is Your Life Katie BOYLE

10 November 1982

In an elaborate set-up the production team traveled to Rome in order that Eamonn - dressed as an Italian policeman - could surprise the Italian-born actress, writer and television personality.
Back in London Katie is greeted by novelist Barbara Cartland, actress Evelyn Laye and actor and comedian Spike Milligan.

     
Peter Saunders This Is Your Life Peter Saunders This Is Your Life Peter SAUNDERS

25 November 1992

The theatre impresario, notable for his production of the long-running Agatha Christie murder mystery, The Mousetrap, was surprised by Michael on stage at London's St Martin's Theatre, on the occasion of the play's 40th anniversary.
Among the show's guests are actors Richard Attenborough and Moira Lister.

     
     
Liza Goddard This Is Your Life Liza Goddard This Is Your Life Liza GODDARD

18 January 1984

Eamonn surprised the actress at the Ambassador's Theatre in London during a photo shoot to launch the new Theatre of Comedy company.
Liza - who met her husband, the singer Alvin Stardust, at the recording of Michael Aspel's This is Your Life, is greeted by - among others - the actresses Googie Withers and Maureen O'Sullivan.

     
Alvin Stardust This Is Your Life Alvin Stardust This Is Your Life Alvin STARDUST

13 March 1985

The actor and pop star was surprised by Eamonn as he was signing autographs for fans outside Thames Television's Euston Road Studios.
The guests on the show range from contemporary pop stars to star names from the 1960s - when Alvin was known as Shane Fenton - and include Acker Bilk, Frank Ifield and Noddy Holder.

     
     
Michael and Kevin Doheny This Is Your Life Michael and Kevin Doheny This Is Your Life Michael and Kevin DOHENY

7 November 1984

Eamonn announces "Forgive me father for I have conned both of you" as he surprises the brothers and priests in the audience at the Royalty Theatre - each think the other brother is to be the subject!
Among those paying tribute to their charity work are statesman Edward Kennedy, actress Glenda Jackson and humanitarian Mother Teresa.

     
     
Carl Davis This Is Your Life Carl Davis This Is Your Life Carl DAVIS

29 October 1986

The American-born conductor and composer was surprised by Eamonn on board a boat moored outside Teddington Studios on the River Thames.
Celebrated for creating new scores for classic silent films, Carl scored the documentary series Hollywood, and the theme music from that series closes his tribute rather than the usual Gala Performance.

     
Jean Boht This Is Your Life Jean Boht This Is Your Life Jean BOHT

22 November 1989

Jean - perhaps most famous for her role as the Boswell family matriarch in the BBC sitcom Bread - was surprised by Michael, and her co-stars from the comedy, at London's Euston Station.
Among those paying tribute to Jean - who is married to and joined by composer Carl Davis - are Bread's creator Carla Lane and actress Lynda Bellingham.

     
     
Teddy Johnson and Pearl Carr This Is Your Life Teddy Johnson and Pearl Carr This Is Your Life Teddy JOHNSON and Pearl CARR

12 November 1986

Eamonn surprised the husband-and-wife entertainers - and old colleagues from his time on the children's television programme Crackerjack - as they arrived at Thames Television's Teddington Studios.
The couple's guests include comedians Ernie Wise and Harry Worth, singer Anne Shelton and a recorded message from comedian Bob Hope.

     
     
Rachel Kempson This Is Your Life Rachel Kempson This Is Your Life Rachel KEMPSON

17 December 1986

Lady Redgrave - the matriarch of the famous acting dynasty - was surprised by Eamonn in the Kingston Upon Thames branch of Hatchards Bookshop.

The actress - who often appeared on stage or screen with her husband, Sir Michael Redgrave - is greeted at Teddington Studios by actors Edward Woodward, John Mills and Dorothy Tutin.

     
Lynn Redgrave This Is Your Life Lynn Redgrave This Is Your Life Lynn REDGRAVE

6 December 1996

Michael surprises the actress at the curtain call of her one woman show Shakespeare For My Father, at London's Theatre Royal, Haymarket, where the programme is then recorded.
The actress Rita Tushingham pays tribute on stage, while actors Richard Briers and Charlton Heston send filmed messages.

     
     
Cliff Michelmore and Jean Metcalfe This Is Your Life Cliff Michelmore and Jean Metcalfe This Is Your Life Cliff MICHELMORE and Jean METCALFE

31 December 1986

The husband-and-wife broadcasters - who met while presenting the wartime BBC radio programme Forces Favourites - were surprised by Eamonn at BBC Broadcasting House.
In an hour-long New Year's Eve special, the couple is reunited with guests such as singers The Beverley Sisters and Vera Lynn and musician Acker Bilk.

     
     
Esther Rantzen This Is Your Life Esther Rantzen This Is Your Life Esther RANTZEN

16 November 1988

The presenter of That's Life since 1973 was surprised by Michael while recording an edition of that long-running consumer affairs programme at the BBC Television Centre.
Esther's tribute includes a reunion of the show's past presenters, as well as fellow broadcasters Gloria Hunniford, Jan Leemimg and Sue Lawley.

     
Desmond Wilcox This Is Your Life Desmond Wilcox This Is Your Life Desmond WILCOX

15 May 2000

Desmond's family - including his wife Esther Rantzen - are on hand to assist Michael in surprising the former journalist turned filmmaker at the London Eye - a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames.
David Frost and the Duchess of Kent contribute their tribute via recorded messages, while former politician Jack Ashley greets Desmond in the studio.

     
     
Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent This Is Your Life Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent This Is Your Life Tony HATCH and Jackie TRENT

13 February 1991

The song-writing couple - known as 'Mr and Mrs Music' - were surprised by Michael at the Belvedere Restaurant in London's Holland Park.
Tony is perhaps best known for his collaboration with Petula Clark, who pays tribute on the show - while other guests include entertainers Danny La Rue and Max Bygraves.

     
     
The Roux Brothers This Is Your Life  The Roux Brothers This Is Your Life Albert and Michel ROUX

13 January 1993

The French-born brothers, restaurateurs and chefs working in Britain, were surprised by Michael at London's Langhan Brasserie - at a party to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of their first London restaurant.
The guest list includes Jane Asher, Keith Floyd and Egon Ronay.

     
     
Bob and Dolores Hope This Is Your Life Bob and Dolores Hope This Is Your Life Bob and Dolores HOPE

27 December 1995

The British born entertainer was treated to a second tribute - this time a joint one with his wife, when Michael surprised the couple at Hollywood's CBS studios. The show - an extended edition broadcast over Christmas, includes tributes from actress Jane Russell, former US President Gerald Ford, impresario Lord Grade and comedian Bob Monkhouse.

     
     
Richard Maddeley and Judy Finnigan This Is Your Life Richard Maddeley and Judy Finnigan This Is Your Life Richard MADELEY and Judy FINNIGAN

6 January 1997

The couple - who met each other while working at Granada Television in 1982 - were surprised by Michael 'live on air' while presenting their popular daytime television programme, This Morning.
The couple's tribute includes messages from Barbara Windsor, William Roache, Matthew Kelly and Frank Carson.

     
     
Tim Healy This Is Your Life Tim Healy This Is Your Life Tim HEALY

16 February 1998

Michael disguised himself as a barman at Manchester's Marriott Hotel, in order to surprise the actor during an interview for the regional news programme Northwest Tonight, which included the actress Susan Hampshire.
Among those paying tribute to Tim are actors Edward Woodward and Robson Greene and singer Robbie Williams.

     
Denise Welch This Is Your Life Denise Welch This Is Your Life Denise WELCH

15 November 1999

Denise - who appeared in Coronation Street between 1997 and 2000, during which time her character became landlady of the Rovers Return - was surprised by Michael at Manchester's Piccadilly Station.
Among the guests are actors Rula Lenska and Rodney Bewes and former Street colleagues Phil Middlemiss and Lee Warburton.

     
     
Ray and Trevor Powles This Is Your Life Ray and Trevor Powles This Is Your Life Ray and Trevor POWLES

20 February 2002

The twin brothers - both professors of medicine and cancer specialists who qualified as doctors in 1964 - were surprised by Michael at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, Surrey.
The programme includes tributes from medical colleagues and former patients, as well as from the pop group Westlife and singer Dame Vera Lynn.

     

* the pre-1970 subjects were surprised by a different coloured book - see the Big Red Book feature for full details