Ted RAY (1905-1977)

Ted Ray This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 3
  • Subject No: 3
  • Broadcast live: Sun 23 Oct 1955
  • Broadcast time: 7.45-8.15pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 1
  • Edition: 3

on the guest list...

  • G H Elliott
  • Gordon Ashton
  • Cyril Saul
  • Jack Pettit
  • Harry Wardle
  • Lena Johnston - sister
  • Jean Arthur - sister
  • Sybil - wife
  • Minty Lawson
  • Robin - son
  • Andrew - son
  • Kitty Bluett

production team...

  • Researchers: Peter Moore, Nigel Ward
  • Writer: Gale Pedrick
  • Director: unknown
  • Producer: T Leslie Jackson
  • names above in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
  • with thanks to Mark Olden for his contribution to this page
related pages...

Ted Ray

second tribute

It's a Funny Old Life

it's all about the comedy

Life Second Time Around

surprised again!

These Were Your Lives

a review of the first series

A Life Remembered

tributes to the original presenter

The Big Red Book

the programme's icon

This Is My Life

John Bull Magazine interview with Eamonn Andrews

This is Leslie Jackson's Life

Interview with the first producer of This Is Your Life

This Is Your Life by Eamonn Andrews

Weekend Magazine reports from behind-the-scenes

Is This The Best TV Can Do?

The Stage reviews a recent edition

Peter Cushing

G H Elliott

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Photographs of Ted Ray This Is Your Life - and a photograph of Ted Ray's big red book

Ted Ray's autobiography

Ted Ray recalls his experience of This Is Your Life in his autobiography, My Turn Next...

We were at a tribute luncheon at the BBC, and I was fighting to get an aperitif when I saw Dennis Goodwin.

"I think the whole thing is a put-up job for This Is Your Life!" he said. The rumour circulated and rather upset the atmosphere.

It must become increasingly difficult to trap the victim for this highly personalised programme. In America, where the show is also performed, a magazine sent a star reporter along to find out if the show was genuine. The man arrived at the studio, and within five minutes was astounded to find that he himself was the victim!

They caught me beautifully.

Ronnie Waldman at the BBC television studios telephoned me suggesting that I should meet Cecil McGivern, a top BBC executive, and some visitors from Australia who were over here to look at our television.

"Sid Colin the writer, and Peter Cushing the actor, will also be there, and we wanted you to represent Variety," said Ronnie.

It was a nice compliment. I duly arrived at the appointed time a fortnight later, and in the Hospitality Room was introduced to Mr McGivern, he in turn introduced me to Sid Colin, Peter Cushing, and the Australian visitors. We had a drink, then Cecil McGivern suggested that we should let the gentlemen see one of our panel games. We piled into a couple of cars and eventually arrived at the BBC Television Theatre at Shepherd's Bush. I remember Sid Colin led the way in through the stage door. Eamonn Andrews was hanging around the doorway with a trailer mike in his hand.

"Hello, Eamonn," I said. "How are you?"

"Fine," replied Eamonn, "but the point is, how are you?" He led the way to the stage, the curtains opened on a packed audience who heard him deliver his familiar punchline.

"Ted Ray, This Is Your Life."

You could have knocked me down with a swizzle stick. Or a contract.

Series 1 subjects

Eamonn Andrews | Yvonne Bailey | Ted Ray | James Butterworth | C B Fry | Johanna Harris | Donald Campbell | Joe Brannelly
Stanley Matthews | Henry Starling | Ida Cook | Lupino Lane | Hugh Oloff de Wet | Elizabeth Wilde | Robert Stanford Tuck