Shane Richie in Sir Jimmy Savile’s chair for Jim’ll Fix It special

11:15 15 November 2011

Shane Richie, who will step in as host for a  one-off Christmas special of Jim

Shane Richie, who will step in as host for a one-off Christmas special of Jim'll Fix It

Londoner Shane Richie is taking on the role of the late Sir Jimmy Savile in a Christmas revival of Jim’ll Fix It.

BBC1 will screen a half-hour edition of the show, in which the dreams of young viewers come true.

Cigar-chomping TV legend Sir Jimmy, who died earlier this month aged 84, was one of TV’s most popular stars 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 - Alfie Moon in EastEnders - 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 fixit@bbc.co.uk before November 25.

Related articles

Latest Stories

12:44
American journalist James Foley while covering the civil war in Aleppo, Syria (AP Photo/freejamesfoley.org, Nicole Tung, File)

The SAS is closing in on the man known as ‘John’, suspected of being from London, who brutally executed US journalist James Foley.

Read more
Ishak Ayiris is set to study at Eton College.  Photograph by Lucy Ray

A schoolboy who secured top marks in his GCSEs is set to follow in the footsteps of David Cameron and Boris Johnson after winning a scholarship to Eton worth £76,000.

Read more
18:49
The student was caught trying to board a flight at Stansted Airport with eight flares in his luggage (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

A student from north London was caught trying to board a plane at Stansted Airport with eight explosive flares and a terrorist manual.

Read more

Top Stories

Promotions

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the ZOE was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

Quizzes

James Bond is Britain’s most famous secret agent, and the capital is its most famous city, so it makes sense that 007 would live and work here when he isn’t gallivanting around the world.

Read more
Can you find the animals hiding in London station names? (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

You may not realise it but there are animals hiding in stations across London? Play our quiz and see if you can you find them:

Read more
Can you guess the Tube station just from the outside? (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

How well do you know your Tube stations? Can you guess these Underground stops from the pictures taken outside them?

Read more