Hugh Oloff DE WET (1912-1975)

This Is Your Life Big Red Book

programme details...

  • Edition No: 13
  • Subject No: 13
  • Broadcast live: Sun 8 Apr 1956
  • Broadcast time: 7.45-8.15pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 1
  • Edition: 13

on the guest list...

  • Rolfe von Delius
  • George Fachiri
  • Sir John Squire
  • Gen Lev Prchala
  • Alla von Delius
  • Rob Lyle
  • Dr Harald Poelchau

production team...

  • Researchers: Peter Moore, Nigel Ward
  • Writer: Gale Pedrick
  • Director: unknown
  • Producer: T Leslie Jackson
related pages...

Military Life

saluting the armed forces

These Were Your Lives

a review of the first series

This Is Your Life Big Red Book

Hugh Oloff de Wet's autobiography

This Is Your Life is recalled on the covers of Hugh Oloff de Wet's autobiography, The Valley of the Shadow...

The fantastic story of Hugh Oloff de Wet, televised in the BBC's This Is Your Life programme.

Secret service agent, imprisoned by the Gestapo for over six years under sentence of death.

His story, told by Eamonn Andrews in the BBC's This Is Your Life TV programme, won for him the sympathies of millions of viewers.

On Sunday, April 8th, 1956, one of the BBC's most successful programmes was televised - This Is Your Life. That evening the subject was a man with an astonishing life-story - Mr Hugh Oloff de Wet, a Secret Service agent who was imprisoned by the Gestapo for over six years.

Two of these years were spent in a straight-jacket; the other four in solitary confinement. Brutally tortured, Mr de Wet made several attempts to escape. His Russian wife was captured, but committed suicide in order to save him.

This outstanding book tells of Mr de Wet's incredible experiences at the hands of a brutal and utterly ruthless enemy. It should be enthusiastically welcomed by the countless viewers who heard Eamonn Andrews discussing the story in this and a later programme with its gifted author.

Series 1 subjects

Eamonn Andrews | Yvonne Bailey | Ted Ray | James Butterworth | C B Fry | Johanna Harris | Donald Campbell | Joe Brannelly
Stanley Matthews | Henry Starling | Ida Cook | Lupino Lane | Hugh Oloff de Wet | Elizabeth Wilde | Robert Stanford Tuck