Ninette de Valois Bust in the Royal Opera House



Dame Ninette de Valois This Is Your Life

The founder of The Royal Ballet, Dame Ninette de Valois, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in April 1964 for the television programme This Is Your Life.

In an exclusive interview for the BigRedBook website recorded in April 2013, the curator of the White Lodge Museum, Anna Meadmore, discusses the programme.

💻 Find out the full details of this edition of This Is Your Life at

📺 This Is Your Life was one of the most popular programmes on British television, spanning almost 50 years of broadcasting, with over eleven hundred editions produced between 1955 and 2003.

📕 Part biography, part celebration, the programme’s premise was simple – an unexpected surprise for an unsuspecting subject, as the host opened the Big Red Book to reveal a life story told through a reunion of family and friends.

The Big Red Book YouTube channel is a growing online archive of exclusive interviews with former subjects of This Is Your Life, as well as friends and relatives who took part in the show.

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