Series 5: 1959-60
This Is Your Life series 5 titles Nat Gonella This Is Your Life

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Series 5 subjects...
Evelyn LAYE Actress and singer 31 August 1959
Donald CASKIE Church of Scotland minister 7 September 1959
Eva TURNER Opera singer and teacher 14 September 1959
Billy BUTLIN Entrepreneur 21 September 1959
James SLATER Engineer 28 September 1959
Edmund ARBUTHNOTT Clergyman and charity worker 5 October 1959
Louis LANGFORD Traveller and entrepreneur 12 October 1959
O P JONES Retired pilot 19 October 1959
Richard HEARNE Actor, comedian and writer 26 October 1959
Francoise RIGBY Charity founder 2 November 1959
John BARCLAY Charity founder 9 November 1959
Thomas DRAKE Physiotherapist 16 November 1959
William MERRILEES Police Chief Constable 23 November 1959
John LORD Regimental Sergeant Major 30 November 1959
Russ CONWAY Pianist and composer 7 December 1959
Stanley BISHOP Journalist 14 December 1959
Leonard STANMORE Chauffeur 21 December 1959
Arthur ASKEY Comedian and actor 28 December 1959
Robert OLDFIELD Former Royal Navy stoker 4 January 1960
Alicia MARKOVA Ballerina and choreographer 11 January 1960
Frederic MORENA Charity founder 18 January 1960
Hilda ROWCLIFFE Missionary 25 January 1960
Thomas SALMON Humanitarian 1 February 1960
Harry WELCHMAN Actor and singer 8 February 1960
Harry WEBB Humanitarian 15 February 1960
Nat GONELLA Trumpeter and bandleader 22 February 1960
David BARCLAY Air Ambulance officer 29 February 1960
Richard TODD Actor 7 March 1960
Thomas BODKIN Lawyer, art historian and curator 14 March 1960
Gracie FIELDS Actress, singer and comedienne 21 March 1960
Michael ANSELL Soldier and show jumping rider and administrator 28 March 1960

Broadcast details

BBC Television Service
31 editions | 12 x 30 minutes | 19 x 35 minutes
Monday | 7.30pm x 30 | 7.45pm x 1

Production team

Devised by: Ralph Edwards
Producer: T Leslie Jackson | Directors: T Leslie Jackson, Bill Wright
Writers and Researchers: Ken Smith, Peter Moore, Ronald Vivian, Liam Nolan, Nickola Sterne, Shirley Macnab
Music: James Turner | Orchestra conducted by: George Clouston
Production Assistants: David Askey, Sydney Lotterby, Nick Burrell-Davis