Jim’ll fix it revived for Christmas with Shane Richie as dream maker
Published 15/11/2011 | 08:00
THE late Sir Jimmy Savile's popular show Jim'll Fix It is to be revived for a one-off Christmas special.
BBC1 will screen a half-hour edition of the show - in which the flamboyant star made young viewers' dreams come true - with Shane Richie stepping in as host.
The programme is to be screened as part of the Christmas line-up.
Sir Jimmy died earlier this month and was buried last week in Scarborough, after lying in state in Leeds to allow fans to pay homage to the cigar-chomping TV legend.
The ex-Radio 1 DJ was one of TV's most popular stars for many years thanks to his "fix-its" on the Saturday evening show which was broadcast between 1975 and 1994.
The new programme will even feature the original theme tune, although the BBC says it will have a "modern twist".
BBC1 controller Danny Cohen said: "I think it will be a great tribute to Jimmy to re-create his famous show as a Christmas treat for audiences."
Richie - Eastenders' Alfie Moon - said: "On being asked what my memories were on the iconic BBC1 series Jim'll Fix It, the visions of stories and people came flooding back, as it was compulsive television in our house and all my friends would talk about the 'fix-its'.
"I even wrote in, but wasn't one of the lucky ones. I'm honoured to be part of this Christmas special and salute Sir Jimmy and fix it for a new generation."
Hopefuls who want to take part in the show should be 14 or under and can apply by sending their wish to firstname.lastname@example.org before November 25.
Sir Jimmy, 84, was buried in a gold-coloured coffin at a 45-degree angle overlooking the sea.