Thelma BARLOW (1929-)

Thelma Barlow This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 815
  • Subject No: 805
  • Broadcast date: Wed 13 Nov 1991
  • Broadcast time: 7.00-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Thu 7 Nov 1991
  • Venue: Granada Studios, Manchester
  • Series: 32
  • Edition: 5
  • Code name: Till

on the guest list...

  • Clive - son
  • James - son
  • Barbara Knox
  • Amanda Barrie
  • Jill Summers
  • Christopher Coll
  • Elizabeth Dawn
  • Betty Driver
  • Julie Goodyear
  • Simon Gregson
  • Nicholas Cochrane
  • Kevin Kennedy
  • Anne Kirkbride
  • Michael Le Vell
  • Deborah McAndrew
  • Philip Middlemiss
  • Ken Morley
  • Bryan Mosley
  • Sue Nicholls
  • William Tarmey
  • Bill Waddington
  • Sean Wilson
  • Helen Worth
  • William Roache
  • Gladys - aunt
  • Veda - sister
  • Peter Baldwin
  • David Trevena
  • Keith Barron
  • Morag Hood
  • Alan Gear
  • Jackie Gear
  • Madge Hindle
  • Michael Hindle
  • Anne Reid
  • Cathleen Thornber
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Kenneth Waller
  • Richard Briers

production team...

  • Researcher: Tom Wettengel
  • Writer: Roy Bottomley
  • Directors: Brian Klein, Paul Kirrage
  • Associate Producer: John Graham
  • Producer: Malcolm Morris
  • names above in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
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Richard Briers

Elizabeth Dawn

Betty Driver

Anne Kirkbride

Bryan Mosley

William Roache

William Tarmey

Bill Waddington

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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...

Mavis Wilton (Thelma Barlow) was busy at the till in the Kabin in Coronation Street and had her back to the door when a customer walked in, to buy an evening newspaper.

The story was to make the front page next day, because the customer was Michael Aspel.

When she turned around, at a nudge from Rita Fairclough (Barbara Knox) so taken aback was she that Michael Aspel said later, 'I thought you were going to say "Ooh, I really don't know"' – as Mavis would have done.

Thelma Barlow This Is Your Life

When the whole cast greeted this popular colleague in another studio at Granada, viewers might have been puzzled by a missing face – her Street husband, Derek Wilton, alias actor Peter Baldwin.

There was a reason: Peter had been Thelma's 'husband' in another time, at another place, namely the Bristol Old Vic in the Fifties in Congreve's The Way of the World. And on he came later.

Thelma had worked for a firm of auctioneers in Huddersfield and studied drama in the evenings at Huddersfield Technical College. She had gone to work with Richard Briers in rep in Liverpool, and with Keith Barron at Bristol. Keith recalled her performance as a cub-mistress in Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall's play All Things Bright and Beautiful. He reckoned the dithering character was the genesis of Mavis of the Street.

Two long-lost friends from the Street were resurrected, Valerie Barlow (Anne Reid) and Rene Bradshaw (Madge Hindle).

Mavis had arrived in Coronation Street in 1971. When the characters there put down roots they seem to be immovable.

And so are the viewing millions in front of their TV screens.

Series 32 subjects

Paul Nicholas | Keith Floyd | Gwyneth Jones | Norman Painting | Thelma Barlow | Nobby Stiles | Bernard Manning
Elizabeth McColgan | Michael Nicholson | Pam Ferris | David Berglas | Gary Glitter | Nigel Havers | Mo Moreland
Tony Blackburn | Wendy Toye | Alan Bleasdale | George Shearing | Jim Howard | Kevin Lloyd | Josef Locke
Robert Lindsay | Hannah Hauxwell | Rory Underwood | Susan Hampshire | Chris De Burgh