This Is Your Life

8:30pm Monday, October 17 on TV One

One iconic New Zealander will be surprised with the words ‘This Is Your Life’, as Paul Holmes and guests celebrate the life and work of a Kiwi who has made a significant contribution to New Zealand.

From athletes and activists, to authors, academics and adventurers, over the years the roll call of This Is Your Life honourees has grown to include some of our most famous and influential names:

Mark Todd, John Walker, Selwyn Toogood, Charles Upham, Rowena Jackson, William Pickering, George Nepia, Sonja Davies, Nola Luxford, Ann Crawford, Sir Edmund Hillary, Davina Whitehouse, Dick Taylor, Brian Mason, Dame Whina Cooper, Alan Grant, Peter McIntyre, Eve Rimmer, Colin Meads, Barbara Ewing, Fred Ladd, Sir Geoffrey Cox, Dame Cath Tizard, Lois Muir, Sir Howard Morrison, Johnny Checketts, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Grant Fox, Sir Peter Blake, Michael Jones, Graham Lowe, Dame Malvina Major, Lance Cairns, Rob Guest, Peter Snell, Jonah Lomu, A J Hackett, and Scott Dixon.

They’ve all been honoured with what rugby legend Colin Meads once described as being, “as close as you can get to a knighthood without actually getting one.”

8:30pm Sunday, October 10 on TV One

It’s two years since the famous red book was last opened to honour a legendary Kiwi, and tonight on TV Paul Holmes returns to host a 90-minute special of This Is Your Life at 8.35pm on TV ONE.

One iconic New Zealander will be surprised with the words ‘This Is Your Life’, as Henry and guests celebrate the life and work of a Kiwi who has made a significant contribution to the country. This Is Your Life looks behind their well-documented public stories, to reveal amusing anecdotes, interesting facts and personal insights.

The latest recipient will be the 37th great New Zealander to be honoured in what rugby legend Colin Meads once described as, “as close as you can get to a knighthood without actually getting one”.

Past recipients include Mark Todd, John Walker, Selwyn Toogood, Charles Upham, Rowena Jackson, William Pickering, George Nepia, Sonja Davies, Nola Luxford, Ann Crawford, Sir Edmund Hillary, Davina Whitehouse, Dick Taylor, Brian Mason, Dame Whina Cooper, Alan Grant, Peter McIntyre, Eve Rimmer, Colin Meads, Barbara Ewing, Fred Ladd, Sir Geoffrey Cox, Dame Cath Tizard, Lois Muir, Sir Howard Morrison, Johnny Checketts, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Grant Fox, Sir Peter Blake, Michael Jones, Graham Lowe, Dame Malvina Major, Lance Cairns, Rob Guest, Peter Snell, Jonah Lomu, A J Hackett, and Scott Dixon.

Tonight’s recipient of the This is Your Life red book is Sir Peter Leitch aka The Mad Butcher. 

Leave your thoughts on the show here. 

Saturday 4 October, 10.45pm

Another look at the This Is Your Life profile of Kiwi entertainer Rob Guest.

Musical star Rob Guest died overnight in Melbourne after suffering a massive stroke.

Guest, 57, who had been starring in the musical Wicked, was admitted to Melbourne ‘s St Vincent’s Hospital on Tuesday night, a spokeswoman for the production said.

He died peacefully in the hospital early this morning.

A hospital spokesperson told the Melbourne Herald Sun newspaper the family wanted the public to know he was surrounded by relatives and friends when he died.

Guest was born in Britain but enjoyed fame as a pop star in New Zealand in the 1970s and 1980s and spent a decade in Las Vegas.

His stage musical career took him to Australia where he starred in Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera.

He was awarded an OBE for his services to the New Zealand entertainment industry in 1994.

Guest was the world’s longest serving Phantom having played the role a record 2289 performances over seven years in front of Australian and New Zealand audiences.

He had been at home with his partner Kellie Dickerson, Wicked’s musical director, when he collapsed about 10pm on Tuesday, the Melbourne Age reported.

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Okay, so we’ve got Scott Dixon tonight. While it has been interesting, surely there are more people who deserve it now, while Scott Dixon is definitely worthy of the acknowledgment, his career is still going!
Even myself as the most ardent sports fan, I am sick of the sports representation on TIYL…

List below who you think deserves the honour of the big red book…

Here’s a few they could do…some with varying degrees of “get-ability”

Neil Finn
Tim Finn
Peter Jackson
Dave Dobbyn
Georgina Beyer
Kiri Te Kanawa
Alan Dale
Sam Neill
Sir Bob Jones
Dick Hubbard
Douglas Myers
Peter Leitch (The Mad Butcher)

Is it just me or has This is Your Life become a showcase for kiwis doing good things right now as opposed to a life time of achievement?

Sitting down to watch This is Your Life, I expect to see someone who has been around for a while and has accomplished a lot over their long life. Instead, we get to see someone who has won a car race and told that they’re the youngest ever person to be celebrated on the show and that somehow that is respectable.

Having someone like Scott Dixon on the show seems to be so typical of New Zealand. A kiwi does well and surprises everyone (cause no one believed he could probably do it in the first place) and so therefore we should celebrate his “life” because he’s at his peak (and there are no other significant achievements that could possibly top this).

It must be embarrassing for Scott. Imagine if he’s actually hoping to go on and win the next 5? Or to become the world record holder for being the driver with the most wins? Or successive wins?

At 28, you would think that Scott Dixon’s career is really only just getting started. Apparently someone thinks otherwise.

What do you think of the choice of tonight’s This is your life youngest ever (and first Australian) recipient: motor racing driver Scott Dixon?

Are you happy that yet another sportsperson has been honored?

Sunday 21 September, 8.30pm

Paul Henry honours another legendary Kiwi in the latest instalment of This Is Your Life. Tonight the famous red book will be open again and another unsuspecting recipient will be surprised with the words “This Is Your Life”, before returning to TVNZ’s Auckland studios for the LIVE 90-minute television event.

Recipients are iconic New Zealanders who have made a significant contribution to the country. This Is Your Life looks behind their well-documented public stories, to reveal amusing anecdotes, interesting facts and personal insights.

Past recipients include Mark Todd; John Walker; Selwyn Toogood; Charles Upham; Rowena Jackson; William Pickering; George Nepia; Sonja Davies; Nola Luxford; Ann Crawford; Sir Edmund Hillary; Davina Whitehouse; Dick Taylor; Brian Mason; Dame Whina Cooper; Alan Grant; Peter McIntyre; Eve Rimmer; Colin Meads; Barbara Ewing; Fred Ladd; Sir Geoffrey Cox; Dame Cath Tizard; Lois Muir; Howard Morrison; Johnny Checketts; Dame Kiri Te Kanawa; Grant Fox; Sir Peter Blake; Michael Jones; Graham Lowe; Dame Malvina Major; Lance Cairns; Rob Guest; Peter Snell; Jonah Lomu; Mark Inglis and AJ Hackett.

Sunday 21 September, 8.30pm

Paul Henry honours another legendary Kiwi in the latest instalment of This Is Your Life. Tonight the famous red book will open again and another unsuspecting recipient will be surprised with the words “This Is Your Life”, before returning to TVNZ’s Auckland studios for the LIVE 90-minute television event.

Recipients are iconic New Zealanders who have made a significant contribution to the country. This Is Your Life looks behind their well-documented public stories, to reveal amusing anecdotes, interesting facts and personal insights.

Past recipients include Mark Todd; John Walker; Selwyn Toogood; Charles Upham; Rowena Jackson; William Pickering; George Nepia; Sonja Davies; Nola Luxford; Ann Crawford; Sir Edmund Hillary; Davina Whitehouse; Dick Taylor; Brian Mason; Dame Whina Cooper; Alan Grant; Peter McIntyre; Eve Rimmer; Colin Meads; Barbara Ewing; Fred Ladd; Sir Geoffrey Cox; Dame Cath Tizard; Lois Muir; Howard Morrison; Johnny Checketts; Dame Kiri Te Kanawa; Grant Fox; Sir Peter Blake; Michael Jones; Graham Lowe; Dame Malvina Major; Lance Cairns; Rob Guest; Peter Snell; Jonah Lomu; Mark Inglis and AJ Hackett.