Lisa MAXWELL (1963-)

Lisa Maxwell This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 1116
  • Subject No: 1091
  • Broadcast date: Thu 10 Apr 2003
  • Broadcast time: 7.00-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Fri 24 Jan 2003 9.30pm
  • Venue: Teddington Studios
  • Series: 43
  • Edition: 11
  • Code name: Coffee

on the guest list...

  • Paul Jessup - partner
  • cast members of The Bill
  • Simon Rouse
  • Graham Cole
  • Mark Wingett
  • Diane Parish
  • Val - mother
  • Rose - grandmother
  • Caroline Sargeant
  • Laura James
  • Bonnie Langford
  • Steven Hartley
  • Nino Firetto
  • Michael Groth
  • Bella Emberg
  • Jeffrey Holland
  • Samantha - cousin
  • Shane Richie
  • Todd Carty
  • Perry Fenwick
  • Karianne Henderson
  • Beau - daughter
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Russ Abbot
  • Nick Berry
  • Stephen Tompkinson

production team...

  • Researcher: Jo Grant
  • Writer: Ian Brown
  • Director: John Gorman
  • Associate Producer: Helen Gordon-Smith
  • Series Producer: Jack Crawshaw
  • Producer: Sue Green
  • names above in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
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Lisa Maxwell's autobiography

Lisa Maxwell recalls her experience of This Is Your Life in her autobiography, Not That Kinda Girl...

About a year after I started on The Bill, I was filming a scene when I realised the actor playing opposite me was not holding my gaze: he was looking behind me. What's wrong with him? This isn't very professional, I was thinking, until I realised everyone else on the set was doing the same. I was so distracted, I messed up my line and asked the crew, 'Can we do that again?' 'No, there's no time to do it again...' said a voice to the right of me and I turned round to see Michael Aspel with the big red This Is Your Life book.

Oh my God, they're doing This Is Your Life on somebody! I thought, and stepped aside to let him get to whoever it was he had come to surprise. Then he said the famous words, 'This is your life, Lisa Maxwell,' and I said, 'Oh my God!' again.

Everyone clapped and cheered as Sue Green (the producer on TIYL) stepped out to whisk me away. 'But we haven't finished the scene,' I protested. Someone had to explain to me it wasn't a real scene, just something specially written to get me in the right position so that Michael Aspel could appear behind me. 'Great, so I've spent all morning working on a load of nonsense! Why didn't you give me a later call?'

Sue took me away because the actual show could not be recorded until 10 o'clock that night - the cast of The Bill had to be able to finish work, get changed and travel to the studios.'Where shall we go?' she said. 'I'm taking you to lunch.' I chose Wimbledon Village because it's quite near the studios. In the car she told me they'd been trying to get me for ages, which was very flattering - especially as I'd been away in America and not appeared in much since then.

'They've only gone and got me on This Is Your Life,' I said when I rang Paul from the car.

'I know, darling, I know all about it! Didn't you notice all the photos have gone from round the house? Thank God you work so hard,' he laughed. And it's true: by the time I got in from work. I'd be lucky to notice if there were walls in the house, let alone pictures.

'Have you told my mum?' I asked.

'Lisa, just go and have a lovely lunch. As if your mum doesn't know.'

'But what am I going to wear?' 'Your new cream suit,' he told me.

A couple of weeks earlier we'd been to Emporio Armani to buy an outfit for me, which I thought was for a friend's wedding. I remember being really touched that Paul came with me, thinking: he really doesn't like shopping - it's so lovely he's come.

I found a cream suit: it looked like a tux from the front but had a large cut-out shape in the back of the jacket. 'This is the one! It's got really nice detail on the back,' said Paul. Of course I had no idea that Paul, a creative perfectionist, was thinking on TIYL there would be lots of shots of me from the back. The suit was really expensive but he insisted we buy it. But now, when he said that was what I should wear. I told him 'But that's for so-and-so's wedding...' 'Lisa, go and have lunch and I'll see you later!' he laughed.

Sue was also telling me to get off the phone because I was asking too many questions. We had a long boozy lunch and then the car took us to Teddington Studios, my old stomping ground, where I was virtually locked in the dressing room for the evening. Thankfully, Chrissie (the dresser who worked with me on The Bill) was more or less locked in with me, so I had good company.

The show was wonderful, with so many old friends there. As I walked onset, the first person I spotted was Paul. Russ Abbot, Nick Berry and Stephen Tompkinson all filmed tributes. Shane, of course, was there and was very funny and lovely; Laura James and Bonnie Langford came on to talk about Italia Conti. Todd Carty and Perry Fenwick told how we had all been child actors together. Jeffrey Holland and Bella Emberg made an appearance, and all the cast from The Bill. Mum was the first guest to come on, and Nan entranced Michael Aspel and loved her big moment, singing 'Put a Little Treacle on Your Pudding, Mary Ann' on national TV. For me, the highlight was Beau coming on at the very end: she was three years old at the time and they had filmed her singing and wearing a police hat so I was really surprised when they said she was there in person. As the sliding doors opened, she was standing there on her own, looking so serious and lovely. She reminded me this really is my life: Beau, Paul and me, it was a fabulous night.

Series 43 subjects

David Dickinson | Mo Mowlam | Gillian Taylforth | Mike Rutherford | John McArdle | Elmer Bernstein | Charles Collingwood
Jonathan Davies | Elizabeth Pescops | George Best | Lisa Maxwell | Roger Cook | Bob Monkhouse | Nicholas Winton
Anthony Andrews | Alex Norton | John Bardon | Simon Cowell | Alec Stewart | Vic Armstrong | Chris Bonington
John Middleton | Bob Harris | Gyles Brandreth | Aled Jones