Captain "Tiger" SARLL (1882-1977)

Tiger Sarll This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 93
  • Subject No: 93
  • Broadcast live: Mon 6 Apr 1959
  • Broadcast time: 7.30-8.00pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 4
  • Edition: 28

on the guest list...

  • David McLellan
  • Gp Capt Vincent Smith - via telephone
  • Capt Raymond Frost
  • John Shelley
  • Frank Dallaston
  • Alan - son
  • James - son
  • Peter - son
  • Georgina - daughter
  • Stella - daughter
  • Daphne - daughter
  • George - son
  • Thomas - son
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Col Macmillan
  • Lt Col Joseph H Levey
  • Gp Capt H Tynsley

production team...

  • Researcher: Peter Moore
  • Writer: Peter Moore
  • Director: Vere Lorrimer
  • Producer: T Leslie Jackson
related page...

Life on Earth

an uncharted adventure

Tiger Sarll This Is Your Life

Tiger Sarll with Eamonn Andrews on This Is Your Life

Tiger Sarll's biography

Eamonn Andrews recalls this edition of This Is Your Life in his introduction to the book, Adventurer Extraordinary, The Tiger Sarll Story...

If, quickly, I had to identify Tiger Sarll to viewers of the BBC's This Is Your Life, I'd forget about the monocle and the six foot four erectness of the soldier and even the near incredible incidents from his story.

I'd simply say:

'Remember the man who, when we brought his grown family on one after another, stopped one of them and said, "You're not one of mine, are you? Which one are you?"

He probably infuriated every woman in the audience – and the happy, robust family reunion afterwards was too late to assuage the feelings of outraged parenthood.

But that's Tiger Sarll, the wanderer, the adventurer, the soldier of fortune, the Spartan who puts sentiment and affection way down the line and who's not prepared to murmur with the rest of us a hypocritical, 'How nice to meet you again.' More likely, 'And who the hell are you?'

Godfrey Lias has had the chance we didn't have of talking to the Tiger himself before telling his story. So I've no doubt at all that the pages that follow will tell us something much larger than life and much more exciting than any six of us could achieve.

This extraordinary adventurer frightens the wits out of me every time we meet. It's safer to read about him than to meet him.

Series 4 subjects

Jo Capka | Jimmy Edwards | Andrew Milbourne | Bella Burge | Tommy Steele | Ronald Shiner | James Edward Wood
Margaret Rowena Jones | John Griffiths | Freddy Bloom | Bransby Williams | Miriam Moses | Elsie Mullock | John Vidler
Florence Desmond | Noel Duckworth | Alfred Daniel Wintle | Ted Heath | Andrew Macdonald | Harriet Cohen
Willie Hall | Reginald Blanchford | Kenneth More | Hugh Llewelyn Glyn Hughes | Miriam Jowett | Ted Willis
Alfred Southon | Tiger Sarll | Mary Ward | Roy Gill | Stirling Moss | Ethel Goldsack | Tommy Trinder