George BAKER (1931-2011)

George Baker This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 915
  • Subject No: 895
  • Broadcast date: Wed 5 Apr 1995
  • Broadcast time: 7.00-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Tue 21 Mar 1995
  • Venue: BBC Television Centre
  • Series: 35
  • Edition: 23
  • Code name: Bun

on the guest list...

  • Louie Ramsay - wife
  • Ellie - daughter
  • Sarah - daughter
  • Valerie - sister-in-law
  • Christopher Ravenscroft
  • Ken Kitson
  • Neil Zeiger
  • Tessa - daughter
  • Candy - daughter
  • Charlie - daughter
  • Charles Dance
  • Frank - brother
  • Jilly - sister-in-law
  • Sylvia Syms
  • Peter Sallis
  • Jean Anderson
  • Michael Benz
  • Jane Lapotaire
  • Rosie - granddaughter
  • Kim - granddaughter
  • Pamela Kimber
  • Maureen Lipman
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Ruth Rendell
  • John Stancioff
  • Jean Simmons
  • Sam - grandson

production team...

  • Researcher: Mark Linnane
  • Writer: Norman Giller
  • 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...

An Actor's Life For Me

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Family Life

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Jean Anderson

Charles Dance

Louie Ramsay

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George Baker's autobiography

George Baker recalls his experience of This Is Your Life in his autobiography, The Way To Wexford...

We were preparing to work on Simisola, a 'Ruth Rendell Mystery', when I got a call from Neil Zeiger saying that he would like me to come down to the Blue Heaven offices in Portsmouth to meet and talk to Jim Goddard and Chris Ravenscroft and have some photos taken. I had already spoken to Jim Goddard about the script and there must have been more photographs of Christopher and me than any other two actors in television. However, a date was made for me to go and see them.

At the time of the photo shoot, Louie was working in London, at a fringe theatre at World's End. It was an American play, a Pulitzer Prize winner. She had eight hundred lines to learn for this formidable two-hander which she played with Charlotte Fryer.

I was in Wiltshire as I had a fund-raising dinner to attend. I rang Louie early the next morning and said that as I had been rather late the night before I was going to call the whole thing off and not go over to Portsmouth. Louie said she didn't think that was very fair on poor Christopher who would already be on his way down from London.

'Yes, I suppose so. Oh, all right.' And, dutifully, I drove to Portsmouth.

I could not understand what was going on. Everyone in the office was dressed to the nines. After a desultory conversation amounting to nothing, Neil thought we should go and do the photocall which, for some reason, was to be on a boat. Still the penny didn't drop - and it was only the appearance of Michael Aspel and his little red book that made me say, 'You can fuck off for a start.'

He looked very worried.

He and Louie had been cooped up in the cabin for half an hour while the pretence of taking the photographs was happening on deck.

'Is it going to be all right?' he had asked her.

'I don't know. He always said he wouldn't do This Is Your Life.'

No wonder the poor man looked worried.

Louie came to the rescue with a glass of champagne and some murmured persuasions like, 'Everyone's worked so hard, I think it would be a pity if...' I relented and went with the flow.

Louie told me afterwards that when she had first been approached and knowing my reservations, she had spoken to my daughters and they had, to a woman, insisted that she gave This Is Your Life the go ahead.

'We'll never speak to you again if you don't.'

Now that was an awesome threat from a new family of five daughters.

It was a great evening. I think what I treasure most is how Louie loves my girls and how they love her. In Matt O'Casey they have found a brother and he, poor man, five sisters.

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