Frank CARSON (1926-2012)

Frank Carson This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 665
  • Subject No: 659
  • Broadcast date: Wed 6 Feb 1985
  • Broadcast time: 8.00-8.30pm
  • Recorded: Sun 13 Jan 1985
  • Venue: Royalty Theatre
  • Series: 25
  • Edition: 14
  • Code name: Cracker

on the guest list...

  • Johnnie Hamp
  • Ruth - wife
  • Majella - daughter
  • Rob - son-in-law
  • Tony - son
  • Zoe - daughter-in-law
  • Aidan - son
  • Diane - daughter-in-law
  • Seamus - brother
  • Jim Bowen
  • Duggie Brown
  • Mike Burton
  • George Roper
  • Colin Crompton
  • Charlie Williams
  • Pat - brother
  • Eddie Flanagan
  • Tommy Moran
  • Danny Small
  • Donald O'Docherty
  • Michael McCafferty
  • Bishop Edward Daly
  • Gloria Hunniford
  • Maurice Lee
  • Graham Walker
  • Robin Colvill
  • Albert Sutcliffe
  • Carl Sutcliffe
  • Henry Cooper
  • Henry Tweedie
  • Deaglan - grandchild
  • Rory - grandchild
  • Ashley - grandchild
  • Aidan - grandchild
  • Saoirse - grandchild
  • Josie - mother
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Bernard Manning
  • Sisters of the Convent of the Poor Clares

production team...

  • Researchers: Angela Clark, Tom Wettengel
  • Writers: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley
  • Directors: Terry Yarwood, Michael D Kent
  • Associate Producer: Brian Klein
  • Producer: Malcolm Morris
  • names above in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
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Johnnie Hamp

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Johnnie Hamp, television producer, recalls this edition of This Is Your Life in an exclusive interview recorded in November 2011

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The Sun article: Frank Carson This Is Your Life

The Sun 6 November 1987


By Frank Carson


Funnyman Frank Carson broke down in tears yesterday for the pal he called "The Hit Man".

Frank, 61 today, put on a brave face as he recalled more than 30 years of friendship and laughter with Eamonn. He said: "He was like a brother to me. My life will be a lot poorer without him."

The top Irish comic learned of his friend's death in an early morning phone call from his wife Ruth. "I sat down and cried," he said. "I just couldn't believe it."

"Obviously I knew he had been in hospital and that he had been ill. But I didn't know how ill. I feel very, very sad inside. Just once in your life, if you're very lucky, you have a friend like this man. He was very special to me."

"So I'm not ashamed to admit that I cried for him."

Frank had to hide his heartache as he rehearsed for a new Granada TV series, The Funny Side, in Manchester.


He said: "Sure, I had to go into the studio and be funny. That wasn't difficult because I knew Eamonn would have carried on like the wonderful professional he was."

"People didn't realise just how good Eamonn was. He has become a legend in showbusiness."

"I'll always treasure the memories of Eamonn's laughter – and I could reduce him to helpless laughter within minutes."


"He laughed so much when I called him The Hit Man because of all the disguises he used to trap his victims for This Is Your Life."

"Eamonn had a wonderful sense of humour. He loved my Irish gags but if you told him a blue joke he would blush and go very quiet."

"He was a very dignified man. I never told him in so many words but he knew I was very proud of him."

Frank and Eamonn met in Dublin more than 30 years ago as they watched an up-and-coming act – The Bachelors – perform at the Gaiety Theatre.

"He was a young radio commentator then and I thought I was the best young comedian in the world," recalled Frank.

"Over the years we encouraged each other as our careers progressed."

"It's very hard to go through this business without making enemies. But Eamonn certainly managed it."


Frank laughed as he recalled how three years ago Eamonn surprised him with his famous red book as they flew from Dublin to Heathrow.

"I was completely taken in," Frank admits. "I didn't have a clue that I was the victim for the show."

"The Hit Man had got his own back – and I loved it."

Series 25 subjects

Michael and Kevin Doheny | Patrick Macnee | Vivian Richards | Ruth Madoc | Tessie O'Shea | Fitzroy MacLean | Alice Faye
Millicent Martin | Bernard Miles | Keith Barron | Bob Geldof | Bryan Robson | Jean Anderson | Frank Carson | Russell Grant
Zandra Rhodes | Lord Harewood | Harry Andrews | Alvin Stardust | Henry John Sweeney | Paul Henry | Peter Alliss
Jim Bowen | Jack Douglas | Dan Maskell | Donald Sinden | Johnnie Johnson