Joe BRANNELLY (1900-?)

Joe Brannelly This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 8
  • Subject No: 8
  • Broadcast live: Sun 29 Jan 1956
  • Broadcast time: 7.45-8.15pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 1
  • Edition: 8

on the guest list...

  • Walter - brother
  • William de Mornys
  • Bert Ambrose
  • Sam Browne
  • Leslie Holmes
  • Joe Loss
  • Jimmy Phillips
  • Freddie Mills
  • Betty - wife
  • Recorded tributes:
  • Bing Crosby
  • Bob Hope

production team...

  • Researchers: Peter Moore, Nigel Ward
  • Writer: Gale Pedrick
  • Director: unknown
  • Producer: T Leslie Jackson
  • names above in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
related pages...

A Musical Life

blowing a trumpet for the musicians

This Is My Life

John Bull Magazine interview with Eamonn Andrews

Bob Hope

Joe Loss

Freddie Mills

This Is Your Life Big Red Book

The Stage 2 February 1956


It might have been assumed an obvious point to indicate in any edition of This Is Your Life on Sunday's BBC-TV why a particular person had been chosen.

The name of Joe Brannelly could have meant little as far as the average viewer was concerned, and in the programme devised by Ralph Edwards and written by Gale Pedrick, he was given no chance to increase his knowledge.

Eamonn Andrews, who introduced the programme with a touch of wit and charm, let it be known that Mr Brannelly was affectionately called 'Mr Fixit' by his many friends in the entertainment world and that he had something to do with the dance band business. Exactly what it was that Mr Brannelly fixed or what achievements he had behind him in the dance band business to qualify him for a This Is Your Life programme was not made clear.

No doubt the programme, as unknown figure after unknown figure came forward and slapped Mr Brannelly on the shoulder, was a highly satisfying one for the subject of all the attention, but the show became alive for the home viewer only when someone like Freddie Mills gagged merrily or Bert Ambrose, Joe Loss or Sam Browne reminisced.

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