Richard BRIERS (1934-2013)

This Is Your Life Big Red Book

programme details...

  • Edition No: 333
  • Subject No: 334
  • Broadcast live: Wed 3 May 1972
  • Broadcast time: 7.00-7.30pm
  • Venue: unknown
  • Series: 12
  • Edition: 25

on the guest list...

  • Constance McDonnell
  • Harold French
  • Julie Ege
  • Ronald Fraser
  • Prunella Scales
  • Please note: this is an incomplete list

production team...

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

Richard Briers

second tribute

The Good Life

the sitcom stars

Life Second Time Around

surprised again!

Harold French

This Is Your Life Big Red Book
Richard Briers' biography

James Hogg recalls this edition of This Is Your Life in his book, More Than Just a Good Life...

The 'big red book' that was handed to Richard at the end of his first appearance on This Is Your Life in 1972 (he was the subject again in 1994) reveals that the person who thought Richard might benefit from owning a copy of Laurence Irving's homage to his revered grandfather was a Mrs Constance McDonnell, a friend of the family who had emigrated to Australia with her family in the 1950s. So significant was her gift, even in the eyes of the producers at ITV, that she was flown over as a surprise guest.

A few months after they filmed Rentadick, Richard was 'surprised' by Eamonn Andrews for an episode of This Is Your Life and Julie Ege was the 'surprise' guest at the end. Her sense of humour, however, almost got the better of her as, just for a laugh, she thought it would be fun to call Richard up the day before and give the game away, proving perhaps that she hadn't quite grasped the concept of the show. Fortunately for Eamonn, Julie made her intentions known to a friend who advised her against the course of action and a disaster was averted.

'I think that show was quite difficult for Dad,' explains Kate, 'as it featured a lot of people from school and from his first job, which he wasn't keen on revisiting. Having people like Julie and Harold French on the show brought him back into the present day and made the whole thing bearable. Just!'

Series 12 subjects

George Best | Alfred Marks | Rolf Harris | Don Whillans | Sacha Distel | Les Dawson | Doris Hare | Keith Michell | David Frost
Barry John | Michael Flanders | Charlie Williams | Ginette Spanier | Hughie Green | Tom Courtenay | Hylda Baker
Gordon Banks | Alan Rudkin | Michael Wood | Graham Kerr | Pauline Collins | Ray Illingworth
Patricia Hayes | Nosher Powell | Richard Briers | Lulu