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This is your life - Eamonn Andrews | Thames News
This is your life - Eamonn Andrews | Thames News
Published: 2015/01/19
Channel: Thames News
Eamonn Andrews Funeral
Eamonn Andrews Funeral
Published: 2014/11/20
Channel: Thames News
Eamonn Andrews - The Shifting Whispering Sands (1956)
Eamonn Andrews - The Shifting Whispering Sands (1956)
Published: 2012/07/20
Channel: VintageBritishComedy
Eamonn Andrews tributes and Headliners opening titles
Eamonn Andrews tributes and Headliners opening titles
Published: 2007/02/16
Channel: allenjeremy
Eamonn Andrews This Is Your Life
Eamonn Andrews This Is Your Life
Published: 2011/05/22
Channel: bigredbook24
What
What's My Line? - Eamonn Andrews hosts! Red Buttons; Martin Gabel [panel] (Jun 28, 1959)
Published: 2014/03/04
Channel: What's My Line?
To Tell the Truth - Eamonn Andrews; Bubblegum blowing champ (Jul 2, 1957)
To Tell the Truth - Eamonn Andrews; Bubblegum blowing champ (Jul 2, 1957)
Published: 2015/07/02
Channel: To Tell the Truth (CBS)
Muhammad Ali on The Eamonn Andrews Show (1966)
Muhammad Ali on The Eamonn Andrews Show (1966)
Published: 2015/03/16
Channel: SHEZ ALI
This Is Your Life Eamonn Andrews Roll Back The Years TV Ad
This Is Your Life Eamonn Andrews Roll Back The Years TV Ad
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: belfast jack
Kenny Everett - Thames Television - Today
Kenny Everett - Thames Television - Today
Published: 2010/09/22
Channel: ThamesTv
Muhammad Ali -"This is your Life"
Muhammad Ali -"This is your Life"
Published: 2011/06/28
Channel: ibhof2
Joe Orton Television Interview 1967
Joe Orton Television Interview 1967
Published: 2012/03/05
Channel: THEORTONCOLLECTIVE
Soft Machine - Slightly All The Time / Out-Bloody-Rageous / Eamonn Andrews
Soft Machine - Slightly All The Time / Out-Bloody-Rageous / Eamonn Andrews
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: Caio Guilherme
Susan George on
Susan George on 'This is Your Life' with Eamonn Andrews.
Published: 2013/12/25
Channel: The Susan George Channel
Tommy Cooper surprise guest on This is Your Life
Tommy Cooper surprise guest on This is Your Life
Published: 2015/05/20
Channel: killianM2
Eamonn Andrews Show ABC
Eamonn Andrews Show ABC
Published: 2007/02/13
Channel: TvTimes1966
What
What's My Line? BBC - Eamonn Andrews, host - Rare complete episode! (Oct 5, 1957)
Published: 2015/04/05
Channel: What's My Line?
eamonn andrews  noisette
eamonn andrews noisette
Published: 2014/10/13
Channel: Rattled Edge - some Mike Ratledge solos
Eamonn Andrews - 29th March 1970
Eamonn Andrews - 29th March 1970
Published: 2017/06/15
Channel: All Our Yesterdays
The Rolling Stones - Live on the Eamonn Andrews Show 1966
The Rolling Stones - Live on the Eamonn Andrews Show 1966
Published: 2017/04/05
Channel: Michael Reid
Eamonn Andrews Show ABC
Eamonn Andrews Show ABC
Published: 2015/06/03
Channel: David Wood
Soft Machine - Hyde Park, London, England, September 20 1969
Soft Machine - Hyde Park, London, England, September 20 1969
Published: 2016/08/24
Channel: 67psych2
What
What's My Line? - Gil Hodges; Peter Ustinov; Eamonn Andrews & Kitty Carlisle [panel] (May 26, 1963)
Published: 2014/07/08
Channel: What's My Line?
PUBLIC HOUSES: Anchor and Hope Eamonn Andrews Funeral in Ireland
PUBLIC HOUSES: Anchor and Hope Eamonn Andrews Funeral in Ireland
Published: 2015/03/09
Channel: Thames News
What
What's My Line? - Betty Hutton; Eamonn Andrews [panel] (Jun 1, 1958)
Published: 2014/02/07
Channel: What's My Line?
What
What's My Line? - Franklin Heller; Pat Suzuki; Eamonn Andrews [panel] (May 17, 1959)
Published: 2014/03/01
Channel: What's My Line?
What
What's My Line? Eamonn Andrews (1963)
Published: 2014/01/30
Channel: romeman01
What
What's My Line? - Buddy Hackett; Eamonn Andrews [panel]; Martin Gabel [panel] (Jul 7, 1957)
Published: 2014/01/16
Channel: What's My Line?
To Tell the Truth - Woman surgeon; Tallest twins in history; PANEL: Eamonn Andrews (May 27, 1958)
To Tell the Truth - Woman surgeon; Tallest twins in history; PANEL: Eamonn Andrews (May 27, 1958)
Published: 2017/02/06
Channel: To Tell the Truth (CBS)
What
What's My Line? - Olivia de Havilland; Eamonn Andrews [panel] (May 25, 1958)
Published: 2014/02/07
Channel: What's My Line?
What
What's My Line? - Ingemar Johansson; Eamonn Andrews [panel] (Jun 19, 1960)
Published: 2014/03/28
Channel: What's My Line?
Eamonn Andrews
Eamonn Andrews ' The Shifting, Whispering Sands' pts 1&2
Published: 2010/02/15
Channel: OldiesAl
To Tell the Truth - Gemologist; Weight loss club director; PANEL: Eamonn Andrews (Jun 3, 1963)
To Tell the Truth - Gemologist; Weight loss club director; PANEL: Eamonn Andrews (Jun 3, 1963)
Published: 2016/08/16
Channel: To Tell the Truth (CBS)
IVC junction into What
IVC junction into What's My Line? | ITV 08/04/1985 (Easter Monday)
Published: 2016/03/28
Channel: Put The Telly On
Danny La Rue   This Is Your Life 1984 Complete show
Danny La Rue This Is Your Life 1984 Complete show
Published: 2017/02/23
Channel: Video Rarities
Eamonn Andrews
Eamonn Andrews
Published: 2015/01/19
Channel: Soft Machine - Topic
What
What's My Line? - Debbie Reynolds; Eamonn Andrews [panel] (May 24, 1959)
Published: 2014/03/01
Channel: What's My Line?
What
What's My Line? - A man runs onstage - Milton Berle; Eamonn Andrews [panel] (May 10, 1959)
Published: 2014/02/28
Channel: What's My Line?
What
What's My Line? - Elaine May & Mike Nichols; Eamonn Andrews [panel] (Jun 26, 1960)
Published: 2014/03/28
Channel: What's My Line?
Eamonn Andrews & the Voices of Vernons - High Wind / The Legend of Wyatt Earp (1957)
Eamonn Andrews & the Voices of Vernons - High Wind / The Legend of Wyatt Earp (1957)
Published: 2012/07/20
Channel: VintageBritishComedy
Eamonn Andrews presents this is your life Reg Varney
Eamonn Andrews presents this is your life Reg Varney
Published: 2017/03/25
Channel: Scott Awcock
Eamonn Andrews
Eamonn Andrews 'The Legend Of Wyatt Earp' 1956 78 rpm
Published: 2015/04/10
Channel: OldiesAl
Eamonn Andrews & the Voices of Vernons - The Ship That Never Sailed / The Magic Tree (1957)
Eamonn Andrews & the Voices of Vernons - The Ship That Never Sailed / The Magic Tree (1957)
Published: 2012/07/20
Channel: VintageBritishComedy
Soft Machine BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Soft Machine BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Published: 2016/08/02
Channel: atori zo
Piano Introduction "Eamonn Andrews" Mike Ratledge
Piano Introduction "Eamonn Andrews" Mike Ratledge
Published: 2015/08/29
Channel: Impressions SoftMachine
John Lennon & Yoko Ono on The Eamonn Andrews Show, 1969 (Audio only)
John Lennon & Yoko Ono on The Eamonn Andrews Show, 1969 (Audio only)
Published: 2015/06/20
Channel: grodvin
This is Your Life - Alan Freeman - 14th Oct 1987
This is Your Life - Alan Freeman - 14th Oct 1987
Published: 2016/01/30
Channel: videolan
To Tell the Truth - White House head chef; PANEL: Eamonn Andrews, Dana Wynter (May 20, 1958)
To Tell the Truth - White House head chef; PANEL: Eamonn Andrews, Dana Wynter (May 20, 1958)
Published: 2015/08/18
Channel: To Tell the Truth (CBS)
The Trials of Muhammad Ali Trailer HD | Eamonn Andrews, Muhammad Ali
The Trials of Muhammad Ali Trailer HD | Eamonn Andrews, Muhammad Ali
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: Trailer Ninja
Eamonn Andrews : monophonic line
Eamonn Andrews : monophonic line
Published: 2016/02/02
Channel: Impressions SoftMachine
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Eamonn Andrews
CBE
Born (1922-12-19)19 December 1922
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Died 5 November 1987(1987-11-05) (aged 64)
London, England
Cause of death Heart failure
Nationality Irish
Occupation Television and radio presenter
Spouse(s) Gráinne Bourke (m. 1951–1987; his death)
Children 3 adopted children
Relatives Noel Andrews (brother)

Eamonn Andrews, CBE (19 December 1922 – 5 November 1987) was an Irish radio and television presenter, employed primarily in Great Britain from the 1950's-1980's. From 1960 to 1964 he chaired the Radio Éireann Authority (now the RTÉ Authority), which oversaw the introduction of a state television service to the Republic of Ireland.

Early life[edit]

Andrews was born in Synge Street, Dublin, and educated at Synge Street CBS. He began his career as a clerk in an insurance office. He was a keen amateur boxer and won the Irish junior middleweight title in 1944.[1]

Broadcasting career[edit]

In 1946 he became a full-time freelance sports commentator, working for Radio Éireann, Ireland's state broadcaster. In 1950, he began presenting programmes for the BBC, being particularly well known for boxing commentaries, and soon became one of television's most popular presenters.[1] The following year, the game show What's My Line? began and Andrews was the host.[2]

Throughout the 1950s, he commentated on the major British heavyweight fights on the BBC Light Programme, with inter-round summaries by W. Barrington Dalby. On 20 January 1956, he reached No 18 in the UK Singles Chart with a "spoken narrative" recording named "The Shifting Whispering Sands (Parts 1 & 2)", which was produced by George Martin with musical backing by the Ron Goodwin Orchestra, released by Parlophone as catalogue number R 4106, a double-sided 78rpm record.[3] The song later reappeared on Kenny Everett's compilation album The World's Worst Record Show, which was released in June 1978.

Between 1955 and 1964, he presented the long-running Sports Report on BBC's Light Programme (now Radio 2). In 1965, he left the BBC to join the ITV contractor ABC, where he pioneered the talk show format in the UK. He hosted a chat show on ITV, The Eamonn Andrews Show for five years.[4] He was known for coming up with off-the-cuff linkings that did not work – such as: "Speaking of cheese sandwiches, have you come far?" This was parodied by the character Seamus Android on Round the Horne in the 1960s, performed by Bill Pertwee. In the 1960s and 1970s he presented Thames Television's Today news magazine programme.[5]

He was probably best known as the presenter of the UK version of This Is Your Life, between its inception in 1955 and his death in 1987, when he was succeeded by Michael Aspel (who had also succeeded Andrews as the host of Crackerjack more than twenty years earlier). Andrews was the first This Is Your Life subject on British television when he was surprised by the show's creator, Ralph Edwards. Andrews also created a long-running panel game called Whose Baby? that originally ran on the BBC and later on ITV. He was a regular presenter of the early Miss World pageants.[1][2]

Andrews' chaired the Radio Éireann Authority (now the RTÉ Authority) between 1960 and 1964, overseeing the introduction of state television to the Republic of Ireland and establishing the broadcaster as an independent semi-state body. About this time, he also acquired a number of business interests in Ireland, including recording studios and a dance hall.[1]

Death[edit]

After months of illness during 1987, originally caused by a virus contracted during a plane journey (but which was not recognised at the time), Andrews died from heart failure on 5 November 1987 aged 64 at the Cromwell Hospital in London.

(He had recorded his last edition of This Is Your Life six days previously on 30 October 1987. After his death, the show, and two others that had yet to be broadcast, were postponed until, with his widow's permission, they were broadcast in January 1988).

A funeral service was held for Andrews at St. Anne's Church in Portmarnock where he had his home, and his body was buried in Balgriffin Cemetery to the north of Dublin.[6] A memorial mass was held for him in Westminster Cathedral.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Andrews married Grainne in 1951. They raised three adopted children.[8]

Civic recognition[edit]

For his work in British broadcasting Andrews was awarded an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1970.[9]

Andrews' contribution to radio in the United Kingdom is commemorated in the Radio Academy Hall of Fame.

Television credits[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Boylan, Henry (1998). A Dictionary of Irish Biography, 3rd Edition. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan. p. 5. ISBN 0-7171-2945-4. 
  2. ^ a b Eamonn Andrews on IMDb
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London, UK: Guinness World Records Ltd. p. 24. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "The Eamonn Andrews Show (1964–1969)", IMDb.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Entry for Andrews on the Findagrave online site. https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=116038796
  7. ^ 'TV star Eamonn Andrews loved Porthmarnock home', 'Fingal Independent', 24 September 2004.
  8. ^ Interview with his daughters, broadcast on RTE1, 23 June 2012.
  9. ^ 'Andrews' Death cast doubt upon the future of his show', 'The Guardian', 6 November 1987.

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