Long time no blog folks ! Well, I just haven't had much inclination to be honest, what with all the other drama's going on this year. But, I couldn't resist this story, if - for no other reason, than it might bring a few more people into the : question everything fold. Just one would do !
Anyway, let's get on ! Earlier today came this tweet from my friend and co-Savile-not-so surer : Moor Larkin. Naturally, my paws sprang into action. I had to know more.
Claims made in connection with that wonderful TV Series :This Is Your Life ? This demanded some attention. I got to work, straight away !
First off : What does Wiki say ?
Next click on the reference link
OK Wiki - I'm with you so far. Let's take a look at that article then ! If you can find it that is. This is all I could find to begin with. Not the primary source but replicated in something called The Free Library, whatever that is
But where's the bit about This is Your Life, wiki ? It's not in that article ?
Fortunately for you dear reader, I like to see first hand stuff, so a-burrowing I went. I paid a few quid and I found stuff you won't find unless you do ! Here is the full - This is your Life story. Excuse the pun from the bun !!! Of course, I include the top of the page for the date etc. It's the Sunday Mirror May 12 1996.
Arf' a minute ! Is that someone challenging the claims, in one and the same article ? What sort of journalism is this ? Certainly not the sort, we in Savile-land are used to ! Goodness gracious, give that journalist an award if she's still around. And the brother, bless him !
A 'bust-up with Barbara a couple of years before he died ...' and leaving his money to charity ! Kinda makes sense, doesn't it ? Especially, when you read that that part of the story was indeed true ! No, I haven't paid to see the will and I'm not going to. I just wanted to share all this with you, dear readers.
Believe NOTHING. Check your sources. Then check them again. If something is not readily available, tell yourself :
"Arthur minute - Is this true ?"
Oh, I almost forgot my good friend's valuable input into the story ! Maybe hold on another arf-a-minute before handing over that journalism award !
Eamon Andrews died in 1987. I double-checked !!!
Addendum added within the hour of first publishing
We don't know to which year/series of This Is Your Life, the claimant's refer to. It may well have been hosted by Eamon Andrews. Silly mistake I thought I must correct as soon as. Doesn't detract from the purpose of the blog-post though.
Always check - especially when it's you that might be wrong !