Jim DALE (1935-)

This Is Your Life Big Red Book

programme details...

  • Edition No: 361
  • Subject No: 362
  • Broadcast date: Wed 21 Nov 1973
  • Broadcast time: 7.00-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Sun 18 Nov 1973
  • Venue: London Palladium
  • Series: 14
  • Edition: 1

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  • Researcher: unknown
  • Writer: unknown
  • Director: Royston Mayoh
  • Producer: Malcolm Morris
  • names above in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
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TV Times article: Jim Dale This Is Your Life

TV Times 8 December 1973



I HAD always been slightly cynical about This Is Your Life - that is until I saw Jim Dale's total surprise when he came on to the stage at the London Palladium to be confronted by Eamonn Andrews. This restored my faith in the authenticity of the presentation, apart from it being an enjoyable and really revealing show. Whoever thought up the idea deserves all possible praise.



"Anyone who thinks these confrontations are rigged should have checked my heart-rate when I was told," said Jim Dale. For Dale was accosted by Eamonn Andrews while still on stage at the London Palladium. For the audience it was a bonus as the live Palladium show transmission was followed on stage by a recording of Dale's 'life'.

"What amazed me," said Dale, "was the skill with which the secret was kept. Friends and relations knew, of course, but how they managed to keep it from me I'll never know."

And what about Des O'Connor? "I know just how Jim felt," he said. "Eamonn worked the same trick on me, and I got the surprise of my life."

Anybody who still has doubts should take a look at TV Times photographer Ian Vaughan's exclusive picture (above). Vaughan, there on another story, happened to be in the right place at the right time!

Series 14 subjects

Jim Dale | Vic Feather | Hayley Mills | Pete Murray | George Sewell | David Nixon | Robert Dougall | Deryck Guyler
Derek Dougan | William Coles | Jimmy Jewel | John Alderton | Patrick Moore | Sam Kydd | John Dankworth
Gordon Ostlere (Richard Gordon) | Lionel Blair | Sheila Scott | Roy Dotrice | Barry Briggs | Christopher Lee
Beryl Grey | Terry Biddlecombe | Don Revie | Robert Morley | David Hemery | Eamonn Andrews