Jonah LOMU (1975-2015)

Jonah Lomu This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 1088
  • Subject No: 1063
  • Broadcast date: Fri 11 Jan 2002
  • Broadcast time: 7.00-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Mon 19 Nov 2001 7.30pm
  • Repeated: Sun 13 Jan 2002 4.25pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Centre
  • Series: 42
  • Edition: 9
  • Code name: Whale

on the guest list...

  • Teina Stace - fiancĂ©e
  • Emile Ntamack
  • Keith Wood
  • Kenny Logan
  • Adrian Garvey
  • Junior Tonu'u
  • Tim Horan
  • Hepi - mother
  • Semisi - father
  • Sela - sister
  • John - brother
  • Dean Bell
  • Phil Kingsley Jones
  • Will Carling
  • Zinzan Brooke
  • Max Boyce
  • Vikki Jones
  • David Campese
  • Irene - sister
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Sue Barker
  • Ally McCoist
  • John Parrott
  • Noa - brother
  • Henry - cousin
  • Chris Grinter
  • Eric Rush
  • Robin Williams
  • patients at the Starship Hospital, Auckland
  • Andrew Young
  • Mica Paris

production team...

  • Researcher: Deborah Cowan
  • Writer: Joe Steeples
  • Director: Steve Docherty
  • Associate Producer: Helen Gordon-Smith
  • Executive Producer: John Longley
  • Series Producer: Jack Crawshaw
  • Producer: Sue Green
  • names above in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
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New Zealand Herald 21 November 2001

Red book holds Jonah's story


Jonah Lomu is not easy to bowl over, but a man with a big red book managed to floor him when he caught up with the All Blacks in Edinburgh yesterday.

"Jonah," said television presenter Michael Aspel, "this is your life."

The star winger was taken to London to feature on This Is Your Life, which is regularly watched by millions in Britain.

Efforts to keep the Lomu programme secret were foiled by the Edinburgh Evening News, which is based across the road from the All Blacks' hotel.

The paper said Aspel appeared suddenly at the hotel and "did not flinch when he got the chance to confront the fearsome wing with his big red book".

"The towering star barely had time to get over the shock before he was whisked down south."

The London Times reported that Lomu was "struck dumb" when Aspel went up to him during a training session.

At the London studio, his parents and others who have influenced his life were secretly gathered.

Everyone involved has been sworn to secrecy until the show is screened, probably within two weeks.

Lomu's manager, Phil Kingsley Jones, said Lomu would appear on 20 television shows in Europe over the next month to promote a video about his life in rugby.

The BBC This Is Your Life show could well be seen in New Zealand.

A TVNZ spokeswoman said yesterday: "We're obviously very keen to get our hands on it. We've been on the phone this morning and we're waiting to hear back."

Series 42 subjects

Michael Winner | Shaun Williamson | Paddy Ashdown | Tim Smit | Babs Powell | Saeed Jaffrey | Paul Young | Julian Clary
Jonah Lomu | Rosemary Conley | Ian Woosnam | Bill Oddie | Fern Britton | Nick Ross | Ray and Trevor Powles
Stephanie Cook | Ian Lavender | Jenny Seagrove | Anita Dobson | Henry Sandon | Linda Barker | Brigit Forsyth
Christina Noble | Claire Sweeney | Lloyd Scott | Julian Fellowes