Paul SHANE (1940-2013)

Paul Shane
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Paul Shane, comedian and actor, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in London's Covent Garden.


Paul began his show business career as a singer in the working men’s clubs around his hometown of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, while working as a miner at the Silverwood Colliery. After being pensioned off from the mine following an accident, Paul became a full time entertainer and swapped singing for comedy.


He played small parts and made guest appearances in television series throughout the 1970s. The comedy writer Jimmy Perry spotted him in an episode of the ITV soap opera, Coronation Street and cast Paul in the part of Ted Bovis in the BBC holiday camp sitcom, Hi-de-Hi! The series began in 1980 and instantly made Paul a household name.


“You’re kidding? Oh Jesus!”

Screenshots of Paul Shane This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 583
  • Subject No: 580
  • Broadcast date: Wed 16 Dec 1981
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Wed 2 Dec 1981
  • Venue: Royalty Theatre
  • Series: 22
  • Edition: 10
  • Code Name: Extra

on the guest list...

  • Simon Cadell
  • Ruth Madoc
  • Jeffrey Holland
  • Su Pollard
  • Leslie Dwyer
  • Felix Bowness
  • Barry Howard
  • Diane Holland
  • Nikki Kelly
  • Rikki Howard
  • Gail Harrison
  • Chris Andrews
  • David Webb
  • Tony Webb
  • Dory - wife
  • Janice - daughter
  • Andrea - daughter
  • Gillian - daughter
  • Bryan Mosley
  • Madge Hindle
  • Jimmy Perry
  • David Croft
  • Carol - sister
  • Frank – son-in-law
  • June - sister
  • Ivy – mother-in-law
  • Edwin – in-law
  • Brenda – in-law
  • Margaret – in-law
  • John - uncle
  • Ida - aunt
  • Nell - aunt
  • Molly - aunt
  • Bob Hammond
  • Stan Richards
  • Les McMahon
  • Ricky Lee
  • Leon Riles
  • Paul Bryan
  • Jo Bryan
  • Helene Palmer
  • John Gorey
  • Sandy Powell
  • Filmed tribute:
  • Former workmates at the Silverwood Colliery

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production team...

  • Researcher: John Graham
  • Writers: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley
  • Directors: Paul Stewart Laing, Terry Yarwood
  • Producer: Jack Crawshaw
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 22 subjects: Bob Champion > Bill Fraser > Wayne Sleep > Ian Botham > Cannon and Ball > Rob Buckman > Angela Rippon > Julia McKenzie > Jackie Milburn > Paul Shane > Peter Adamson > Kiri Te Kanawa > Mickie Most > Anita Harris > Mike Brace > Faith Brown > Robin Bailey > Rod Hull > Bob Monkhouse > John Toshack > Wally Herbert > Joe Gormley > Roger Whittaker > Alan Whicker > Peter Davison > Douglas Bader