Roy BARRACLOUGH (1935-2017)

Roy Barraclough This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 732
  • Subject No: 726
  • Broadcast date: Wed 21 Oct 1987
  • Broadcast time: 7.00-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Tue 13 Oct 1987
  • Venue: Granada Studios, Manchester
  • Series: 28
  • Edition: 2
  • Code name: Wedding

on the guest list...

  • Julie Goodyear
  • Bill Podmore
  • Chris Quinten
  • Johnny Briggs
  • Thelma Barlow
  • Helen Worth
  • Warren Jackson
  • Bill Waddington
  • Bill Tarmey
  • Elizabeth Dawn
  • Michael Le Vell
  • Sue Jenkins
  • Tom Mennard
  • Sean Wilson
  • Mark Eden
  • Lisa Lewis
  • Kevin Kennedy
  • Helene Palmer
  • Sally Ann Matthews
  • Anne Kirkbride
  • Barbara Knox
  • William Roache
  • Dora Bryan
  • Philip - father
  • Florence - mother
  • Evelyn - aunt
  • Bessie - aunt
  • Annie - aunt
  • Laurence - uncle
  • Mavis Rogerson
  • Eddie Regan
  • Marion McElmore
  • George Noonan
  • Terry Bramley
  • Frank Woodruff
  • Fred Newnham
  • Olive Newnham
  • Kenneth Alan Taylor
  • Susan Staff
  • Katherine Staff
  • Hilda Roberts
  • Holly Chamarette
  • Whiskey - dog
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Les Dawson
  • Margaret Newnham
  • Rosalind Newnham
  • Alison Newnham
  • David Newnham
  • Gretchen Franklin
  • Kathy Staff

production team...

  • Researchers: David N Mason, Louise Clover
  • Writer: Roy Bottomley
  • Directors: Stuart Hall, Terry Yarwood
  • Associate Producer: Brian Klein
  • Producer: Malcolm Morris
  • names above in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
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Roy Bottomley This Is Your Life book

Scriptwriter Roy Bottomley recalls this edition of This Is Your Life in his book, This Is Your Life: The Story of Television's Famous Big Red Book...

Alec Gilroy, landlord of the Rover's Return (actor Roy Barraclough) was enjoying a break in Marbella after a long stint of work on Coronation Street when he was summoned back to Manchester.

Executive producer Bill Podmore told him on the phone that two scenes he had shot with his new screen wife Bet (Julie Goodyear) had gone wrong technically. There was a fault on the tape. He would have to come back for one day only. Roy Barraclough was not pleased.

When he found out the real reason for his holiday being interrupted he was downright furious. The Life team was behind it all.

A combination of circumstances led to the plot to bring him back. On that date, 13 October 1987 – only three weeks before the death of Eamonn Andrews – we had intended surprising striker Gary Lineker. Researchers had already been to Barcelona, for whom he was playing, to talk to his wife Michelle and to Gary's friend and then Barcelona manager, Terry Venables. Then Terry and Barcelona suddenly parted company, and Gary was in a rare off-form spell: he hadn't scored in eight games for the club. We decided to postpone.

Meanwhile, in Manchester, Roy Barraclough had 'married' Julie Goodyear, finished an exacting period of work, signed a new contract and, unknown to us at that time, planned to take time off for a well-earned rest.

In London, we had planned an outside broadcast for Gary's Life and, consequently, had lost our studio availability there.

Following the Street wedding, Alec Gilroy was now a firm favourite with viewers. Bill Podmore was always a good friend of the Life. A telephone call confirmed he could help us again and, even better, Granada had a studio free that day.

Smiles all round among the team in London, as researchers set to work on Roy's story – and an excellent story it was, from holiday camp 'Bluecoat' to dramatic roles in rep, and his Ada to Les Dawson's Cissie in their hugely comic TV act.

Then the phone rang. It was Bill Podmore. There was a snag – our subject would be out of the country. There was no way we could stop him but, with Bill's co-operation, we could get him back for that one vital day.

Even that wasn't easy. There were no scheduled flights to Manchester. He would have to fly into Gatwick, where we would lay on a private plane. From Gatwick, Roy telephoned. He couldn't find the pilot.

Back in Manchester, we had hatched a pick-up plot which had Eamonn in the uniform of an AA patrolman with his head under the bonnet of Julie Goodyear's Rolls-Royce, conveniently 'broken down' on Roy's route by chauffeur-driven car from Manchester Airport to Granada.

Julie waved to the car, which stopped. Out stepped Roy and our 'AA patrolman' looked up from under the car bonnet, holding the Big Red Book.

Roy Barraclough was totally stunned.

'Tonight, Coronation Street's Alec Gilroy, alias actor Roy Barraclough, This Is Your Life,' beamed Eamonn.

'Oh no it bloody isn't,' snorted the landlord of the Rover's though viewers never heard that bit.

When Julie realised that Roy really was annoyed about his holiday being interrupted for his Life, she went to her dressing room for a weep.

But on screen it was all smiles and, afterwards, Roy told us he had enjoyed it; and the programme certainly got a great reaction when it went out. When he returned (again) from Marbella he telephoned our office to thank everyone involved. In fact, he said it was the most exciting part of his holiday (the weather had been terrible).

Series 28 subjects

Alan Freeman | Roy Barraclough | Georg Solti | Jimmy Cricket | Kitty Godfree | Tom McClean | Jane Rossington