Flora ROBSON DBE (1902-1984)

Flora Robson This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 151
  • Subject No: 151
  • Broadcast live: Mon 13 Feb 1961
  • Broadcast time: 7.30-8.00pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 6
  • Edition: 22

on the guest list...

  • James Mason
  • Henry Oscar
  • Billy Roux
  • Ursula Howells
  • Robert Crottet
  • Paul Robeson
  • Robert Beatty
  • Willibald Onitsch
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Tyrone Guthrie
  • Charles Laughton

production team...

  • Researcher: Shirley Macnab
  • Writer: Robert Stuart
  • Director: Michael Goodwin
  • Producer: T Leslie Jackson
  • names above in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
related pages...

An Actor's Life For Me

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The Big Red Book

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Photographs of Flora Robson This Is Your Life - and a photograph of Flora Robson's big red book

Flora Robson's biography

Kenneth Barrow recalls this edition of This Is Your Life in his book, Flora - An Appreciation of the Life and Work of Dame Flora Robson...


Shortly after her return from South Africa, Flora was the subject of This Is Your Life on BBC television.


Eamonn Andrews, the presenter, was somewhat apprehensive.


In those days the show was transmitted live and the previous week footballer Danny Blanchflower had refused to allow the invasion of his privacy, which meant that there had been no show.


Flora, on the other hand, was delighted to take part. Among the surprise guests was a colleague from Welwyn; Charles Laughton was seen in a filmed message from New York; Tony Guthrie, James Mason and Henry Oscar contributed memories.


The greatest surprise came when Paul Robeson's massive frame appeared in the door.


Flora had led a campaign to have his passport restored by the American government and this was the first time she had seen him since then.

Series 6 subjects

Leonard Cheshire | George Bennett | David Sheppard | Sybil Thorndike | Clarence Wolfe | Charles Coward | T E B Clarke
Helene Jeanty-Raven | Cyril Smith | Victor de Spiganovicz | Bill Hartley | Ellen Martha Field | Anthony Deane-Drummond
John Mills | Richard Bancroft | Freddie Mills | William Simpson | Alan Herbert | Madame Vacani | Elizabeth Ambridge | Robert Fawcus
Flora Robson | Edward Chad Varah | James Zarb | Maryan Rawicz and Walter Landauer | James Chipperfield | Anthony Kimmins
Thomas Cosmo Jones | Jessie Matthews | Helen Wilson | Charlie Chester | Brunel Cohen | Godfrey Winn | Billy Wright