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This Is Rula's Life

Chatting to Michael and George in the kitchen this morning, Rula revealed that she was once a target for 'This Is Your Life' and featured on the show some years ago.

On the long-running show, originally presented by Eamonn Andrews and later by David Nixon and Michael Aspel, unsuspecting celebrities were surprised by the host, who was instantly recognisable by virtue of carrying a big red book.

The 'target' would then be whisked-off to a studio, where friends, family and associates would be gathered to help tell the story of their life. This included all their achievements and a few embarrassing moments along the way.

Talking about her experience, Rula said that she appeared on the show after Michael Aspel surprised her at the curtain call of a panto.

When detailing who turned-up to celebrate her life, Rula reeled-off a list of names including actors Christopher Timothy, Susan Penhaligon and Anita Dobson, plus the first headmistress from her convent.

"Was it a total shock to you?" asked George, the actress confirming that she had no idea. Rula then recounted that she was playing the Wicked Queen in pantomime at the time and moved backwards on stage, only to step on Michael Aspel's foot!

Sadly, the show represents the last footage she has of her Mum and Dad, as the former died aged 74 the following day. However, Rula said that all her family there because of the show, which was, in her words, "The most extraordinary privilege".

Michael then claimed that he was supposed to be on the show, but had sussed it out, so it didn't go ahead. "They tried to do it a couple of times but I didn't do it," said the entertainer, before adding, "That's not to say I would never do it".

Whilst the show may be making a comeback on ITV, it remains to be seen whether fallen star Michael could once again win the hearts of nation and become a potential target for This Is Your Life.

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