Vinnie JONES (1965-)

Vinnie Jones This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 1056
  • Subject No: 1031
  • Broadcast date: Thu 30 Nov 2000
  • Broadcast time: 8.00-8.30pm
  • Recorded: Fri 24 Nov 2000
  • Repeated: Sun 17 Jun 2001 7.00pm
  • Venue: Teddington Studios
  • Series: 41
  • Edition: 3
  • Code name: Hod

on the guest list...

  • Annie - grandmother
  • Ann - sister
  • Jenny - stepmum
  • Peter - father
  • Glenda - mother
  • David - stepfather
  • Kaley - daughter
  • Aaron - son
  • Tanya - wife
  • Steve Collins
  • Roddy Collins
  • Joe Allon
  • Howard Wilkinson
  • Bradley Walsh
  • Stanley Reed
  • John Fashanu
  • Derek Heasman
  • Russell Hensard
  • Seamus Byrne
  • Cal Jenkins
  • Johnny Moore
  • Dave Bassett
  • Derek French
  • Wally Downes
  • Joe Kinnear
  • John Hartson
  • Darren Griffiths
  • Kelly Brook
  • Jason Statham
  • John Ward
  • Guy Ritchie
  • Matthew Vaughn
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Jools Holland
  • Frankie Dettori
  • Dennis Wise
  • Ronnie Wood
  • Paul Gascoigne
  • Robert Duvall
  • Luciana Pedraza

production team...

  • Researcher: Jo Grant
  • Writer: Ian Brown
  • Director: Chris Fox
  • Associate Producer: Helen Gordon-Smith
  • Executive Producer: John Longley
  • Series Producer: Jack Crawshaw
  • Producer: Sue Green
  • names above in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
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Vinnie Jones autobiography

Vinnie Jones recalls his experience of This Is Your Life in his autobiography, Vinnie, My Life...

It was a pity we couldn't be at Guy and Madonna's wedding in Scotland, especially as he'd done me the honour of asking me to be his best man. But it was impossible because we were still deeply involved in the filming of Swordfish. I was, however, home for something that had been set up completely without my knowledge. I was in no way prepared for the moment Michael Aspel walked up to me and said 'Vinnie Jones, this is your life.' I'd always dreamed that one day it might be me, but because of some of the controversies I'd been involved in, I never thought I'd get a sniff. So although I was puzzled as to why Neil had seemed so preoccupied and why Tanya was phoning Peter Burrell five times a day, the penny hadn't dropped.

When Michael Aspel walked in, I felt very strange. I kind of looked right through him and my eyes swam. I glanced down at the Red Book and it was the size of a Range Rover. Then the reality began to kick in. The first thought that entered my mind was how it would please Tanz, my nan and granddad, Mum, Dad, my sister, the kids and Tanya's family. It was a sensational night. So many old friends and acquaintances, even my old headmaster; so many memories and emotions, not least those stirred by Darren, a young lad who lost his sight in a road accident. We've kept in touch for years, ever since I bought him a trained guide dog.

This Is Your Life makes you feel many things. Chuffed, proud, extremely happy and sometimes a little sad. But, with Tanya sitting beside me, my overall feeling was a sense of real satisfaction. I've always said I've worked bloody hard for what I've achieved, and, when so many people take so much trouble to pay tribute to you, I think you are entitled to believe that your efforts have been well and truly justified.

Vinnie Jones This Is Your Life
Vinnie Jones autobiography

Vinnie Jones recalls a similar experience of This Is Your Life in his autobiography, It's been emotional, my story...

Being honoured by This Is Your Life by the BBC is one of the greatest moments of my career. It all came about as a complete surprise towards the end of 2000.

Peter Burrell, my manager at the time, had put together a great deal with an energy drink called Red Devil. I had a share in the company and the idea was to build it up with some big advertising campaigns and then sell it on. We had filmed one commercial, which got banned from TV until after the watershed, so there was huge hype about what we were doing. We were going up against Red Bull, but we knew we could kick up a stir and start some momentum.

So Pete phoned me up one day with the news: we had sold the company to Schweppes and the masterplan had worked. A big party was arranged at Cafe de Paris in Soho to celebrate the handover, so I had to be back in the UK for the press and publicity around it.

I turned up and was doing my bit when Michael Aspel wandered in, came up to me and said the famous words: 'Vinnie Jones, this is your life.'

It just didn't register with me at first. I looked around and thought, Well, there's no one else here and I'm pretty sure he said Vinnie Jones.

It's weird. You can't take it in at first. Then you focus on this big red book and it starts to sink in. I had some friends and family there and the emotions very nearly got the better of me. In all honesty, that was the first time I realised I was a household name in Britain. I realised the football community in the country had a good idea who I was, but suddenly it felt as if everyone from five-year-olds through to ninety-year-olds knew who I was. It was an unusual feeling, but I felt like part of the furniture in the UK.

Filming the show was a great night. It really was something special for me. They whisked me off to the studio and all my suits were already there, lined up by Tans, waiting for me to choose one. I came onto the set to massive applause and it felt like ten times the size of a wedding.

I've got the book on display at home in LA. I've got pictures on the wall in my house with Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, John Travolta - but the first thing everybody goes for is that book. It is a great keepsake with all the pictures from that night, about sixty or seventy, of the audience and people walking on. Robert Duvall was on via video link, as were Dennis Wise, John Fashanu, Joe Kinnear, Dave Bassett, Gazza and Frankie Dettori. Guy Ritchie, Jay Statham and Matthew Vaughn came on together and told some nice stories.

It was a really special night.

Series 41 subjects

Matthew Pinsent | Todd Carty | Vinnie Jones | Donald Woods | Linda Lusardi | Dorothy Tutin | Paula Tilbrook | John Humphrys
Andrew Davis | James Ellis | Sue Jenkins | Geoffrey Hughes | John van Weenen | Charles Dance | Mick Channon
Jonathan Ross | Simon Rouse | Midge Ure | John Barnes | Paul Jones | Patrick Robinson | Jim Shekhdar
Valerie Singleton | Darren Gough | Kevin Woodford | Richard Stilgoe