Marjorie PROOPS OBE (1911-1996)

Marjorie Proops This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 299
  • Subject No: 301
  • Broadcast live: Wed 10 Mar 1971
  • Broadcast time: 7.00-7.30pm
  • Venue: Euston Road Studios
  • Series: 11
  • Edition: 17

on the guest list...

  • Sacha Distel
  • Sidney - husband
  • Josephine - sister
  • May Rose
  • Robert - son
  • Vicki Childs
  • Ailsa Garland
  • Leo Abse
  • Olivia - daughter-in-law
  • Dr Olumade Okubadeju
  • Hugh Cudlipp - live link
  • Tony Miles - live link
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Danny La Rue
  • Eustace Chesser
  • Daniel - grandson
  • Anya - granddaughter

production team...

  • Researcher: Mary McAnally
  • Writer: Phil McDonnell
  • Director: Steve Minchin
  • Producer: Robert Tyrrell
  • names above in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
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Marjorie Proops autobiography

Angela Patmore recalls this edition of This Is Your Life in her book, Marge...

In March 1971, Marje was urged to have her hair done for the evening editorial meeting, 'as it was being filmed for a television documentary'. This would explain the cameras, thought Marje, who never doubts the sincerity of friends and colleagues. Mirror Group ex-chairman Ernie Burrington was at the time night-editing: 'I went into the conference in the editor's room and there was a funny sort of air about. We knew the Queen wasn't dead or war about to be declared but there was an expectant hush about the place, and lots of tittering and whispering. In fact most of us knew that there was going to be a bit of a surprise. We all settled down, and Dan Ferrari, the old news editor with a bristling moustache, began to pipe out his song about what were the best stories of the day, when the door opened and in burst Eamonn Andrews.

Eamonn announced, 'Sorry about the interruption but I've got a news flash. Marjorie Proops, star journalist and confidante to millions, THIS IS YOUR LIFE!' Marje let out a squeal and threatened new Mirror editor Anthony Miles: 'I'll see you later, Tony!' Eamonn was quite shocked when he set eyes on Marje's lookalike sister Jo-jo at the studios, and asked if she was often mistaken for Marje (the two had grown more and more alike as they got older). Jo replied that she was, and that the fishmonger charged her double.

Proopsie had also acted as mole for the programme researchers. He himself was asked which person in all the world he would like to have on the show, and replied that he would like best to see Made, their black 'son'. So Made was the final guest, with Marje quite overcome at the sight of him, giggling and howling at the same time. Danny La Rue did a Marje impersonation, MP Leo Abse said Marje was worth 'a hundred MPs' and one of Marje's long-standing letter-writers, a little dumpy pensioner called Vicki Childs, came out to say what it had meant to her life to have Marje as a pen-pal for years and years (they had long since forgotten what her original problem was). Best of all, there were Marje's grandchildren, Daniel and Anya ('We saw Anya actually walk for the first time on that programme'), and Hugh Cudlipp paid Marje a startling tribute. He had always said that if by some misfortune Marje should be snapped in half like a stick of Blackpool rock, you would see the word 'genuine' printed all the way through. He told twenty million viewers, 'People feel, I guess, that they can warm their hands on your heart.'

Series 11 subjects

Bob Hope | Vidal Sassoon | Talbot Rothwell | Mike and Bernie Winters | Joe Brown | Patrick Campbell | Bobby Moore
Robert Soutter | Graham Hill | Sandy Powell | Edward Woodward | Moira Lister | Dickie Henderson | Wilfred Pickles
Kenny Ball | Marjorie Proops | Basil D'Oliveira | Clive Dunn | Peter Noone | Monica Dickens | Jon Pertwee
Lionel Jeffries | Adam Faith | Googie Withers | Matt Busby