John DANKWORTH CBE (1927-2010)

This Is Your Life Big Red Book

programme details...

  • Edition No: 375
  • Subject No: 376
  • Broadcast date: Wed 27 Feb 1974
  • Broadcast time: 7.00-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Tue 12 Feb 1974
  • Venue: unknown
  • Series: 14
  • Edition: 15

on the guest list...

  • Cleo Laine - wife
  • Yehudi Menuhin
  • Nicol Williamson
  • Ronnie Scott
  • Jimmy Deuchar
  • Eddie Harvey
  • Don Rendell
  • Bill Le Sage
  • Eric Dawson
  • Tony Kinsey
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Clark Terry
  • Duke Ellington
  • Please note: this is an incomplete list

production team...

  • Researcher: unknown
  • Writer: unknown
  • Director: Royston Mayoh
  • Producer: Malcolm Morris
  • names above in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
related pages...

All that Jazz

covering all the notes

Family Life

keeping it in the family

Cleo Laine

John Dankworth This Is Your Life John Dankworth This Is Your Life

Photographs of John Dankworth This Is Your Life

John Dankworth's biography

Graham Collier recalls this edition of This Is Your Life in his book, Cleo and John: Biography of Cleo Laine and John Dankworth...

After the investiture by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, John had been invited to Ronnie Scott's - ostensibly to attend a reception given by Phonogram to celebrate the award, but actually to receive the accolade of a This Is Your Life, ten years after Cleo had received hers. The programme on prime time television, was still hosted by Eamonn Andrews but had moved from BBC to Independent Television.

John: I just didn't imagine it was going to happen. Even when I got to the place where they had inveigled me and I saw the television vans outside it didn't enter my mind - I'm that naive. My assistant had put my sax in the car knowing I would be asked to play but I wanted to know why it was there - to which he obviously couldn't answer. He obviously thought I was beginning to suspect something but I wasn't.


Singer Cleo Laine had to tread warily after he husband jazz band leader John Dankworth bluntly demanded, 'Are you having an affair?'

It was a high price to pay for helping the television team catch out John on the day he received a CBE at Buckingham Palace.

'I was continually on the verge of letting it out,' said Cleo. 'One day he overheard me talking to one of the Thames people on the phone.'

'I had to ring off and pretend it was my son, Stuart. But he wasn't convinced and asked me if there was another man.'

'I just laughed to myself. I was getting my own back for when John set me up for This Is Your Life ten years ago.'

...To Cleo's immense relief, her husband recognised all the old friends from the past who appeared for the show.

'When they did my life there were three people whom I'd never clapped eyes on before.'

News of the World 19/5/74

Among the guests were Yehudi Menuhin, who John had met in connection with the Bath Festivals, actor Nicol Williamson, who had become a firm friend after the TS Eliot tribute, and Ronnie Scott, with filmed tributes from Clark Terry and Duke Ellington. The original Seven had been assembled for the programme - all, incidentally, still active in music.

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