Jimmy Clitheroe

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James Robinson Clitheroe
Born(1921-12-24)24 December 1921
Clitheroe, Lancashire, England
Died6 June 1973(1973-06-06) (aged 51)
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Cause of deathOverdose of sleeping tablets
NationalityEnglish
OccupationComedian
 
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James Robinson Clitheroe
Born(1921-12-24)24 December 1921
Clitheroe, Lancashire, England
Died6 June 1973(1973-06-06) (aged 51)
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Cause of deathOverdose of sleeping tablets
NationalityEnglish
OccupationComedian

James Robinson "Jimmy" Clitheroe (24 December 1921 – 6 June 1973) was an English comic entertainer.[1] He is best remembered for his BBC Radio programme, The Clitheroe Kid.

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Life and career

Clitheroe was also where he was born, in Lancashire, England, the son of James Robert Clitheroe and Emma Pye, who married in 1918. Jimmy was named after Emma's brother James Robinson Pye (who was born in Clitheroe in 1894 and killed in World War I),[2] and was brought up in Blacko, near Nelson. He started out in variety and theatre, but moved into records, films and then pantomime and radio, and finally television. His long-running radio programme on the BBC, The Clitheroe Kid, is still being repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

He never married, and lived with his mother in Blackpool. He never grew any taller than 4 feet 3 inches, and could easily pass for an 11-year-old boy, the character he played in The Clitheroe Kid.[3] He died from an overdose of sleeping pills on the day of his mother's funeral, aged 51.[4] His funeral was held at Carleton Crematorium, Blackpool, where he is commemorated by a plaque attached to memorial tree No. 3.

The Buzz Hawkins creation for radio Billy Bradshaw is based on Clitheroe's schoolboy.[citation needed]

Molly Sugden (Mrs Slocombe in the TV series Are You Being Served?) played Clitheroe's mother on stage and in his ITV shows.[5]

Half Man Half Biscuit referred to Clitheroe in their song "99% Of Gargoyles Look Like Bob Todd", from their album Back in the DHSS.

Selected filmography

References

  1. ^ JIMMY CLITHEROE Popular radio entertainer. The Times (London, England), Thursday, 7 June 1973; pg. 21; Issue 58802
  2. ^ "Lancashire Lantern community history - East Lancashire Regiment". Lancs-local-resources.talis.com. 1917-03-30. http://lancs-local-resources.talis.com/engage/showrecord/1287878827167. Retrieved 2012-07-04.
  3. ^ "Jimmy Clitheroe, The Kid Himself". Jimmyclitheroe.co.uk. http://www.JimmyClitheroe.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-07-04.
  4. ^ Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life Of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. pp. 412/3. ISBN 1-84854-195-3.
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0163458/fullcredits

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