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Find out if BBC TV show really was Pointless! 150 150 mhamer

Find out if BBC TV show really was Pointless!

Well folks what a fun show (despite being called Pointless) to be part off. Will be televised on Saturday 14th March, let’s make it a date everyone!

Jimmy Cricket has appeared in a celebrity version of BBC’s Pointless.

The Ireland-themed edition also featured Foster and Allen, Pauline McLynn, Vogue Williams, Clodagh McKenna and Anna Haugh.

Radio and television broadcaster Henry Kelly, who presented Going for Gold from 1987 to 1996, was another of the contestants.

The programme will be on BBC One at 6.05pm on Saturday 14 March.

Pointless is a quiz in which contestants try to score as few points as possible.

‘Let’s make it a date everyone!’

To do this, they must come up with the correct but obscure answers to general knowledge questions.

All the questions asked were previously to a panel of 100 individuals in a pre-conducted public survey.

Alexander Armstrong hosts the show with help from Richard Osman.

The programme first aired in 2009 and has had 22 regular series, plus 11 celebrity ones.

Belfast-born Jimmy, who now lives in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, said he really enjoyed the experience.

Well folks, what a fun show to be part of,” he said.

“Will be televised on Saturday 14th March, let’s make it a date everyone!”

Find out where Jimmy is performing and his other forthcoming shows by viewing all his tour dates on this website.

Snooker legend has dinner with a Cricket legend 150 150 mhamer

Snooker legend has dinner with a Cricket legend

Our thanks to Andy and all the team at Mumbai Blue Indian Restaurant for a wonderful meal last night while catching up with old friends, legendary snooker player@TheWillieThorne alongside singer/comic @steviespit and @eileengleave alias Nanny McPhee

Jimmy Cricket had dinner with a former snooker star during his latest trip to Spain.

The famous funnyman and his wife May – also a professional entertainer – enjoyed a meal with some friends, including Willie Thorne.

Willie (left on the top photo) is a former English professional snooker player and ex-BBC, ITV and Sky Sports commentator.

Jimmy tweeted: “Our thanks to Andy and all the team at Mumbai Blue Indian Restaurant for a wonderful meal last night while catching up with old friends, snooker’s legendary @TheWillieThorne alongside singer/comic @steviespit and @eileengleave alias Nanny McPhee.”

Rochdale-born Eileen Greave, who is a charity fundraiser, said: “Absolute fantastic night at the Emerald Isle.

“Jimmy cricket , Stevie spit BEM And for their first show never forget you smashed it boys 👏👏👏 not forgetting the one and only Nikki G 👏👏👏.”

Popular Northern Irishman comedian Jimmy has just completed three shows on the Spanish mainland.

He first performed at the Coopers Arms in Ciudad Quesada near Alicante on Tuesday (25 February).

On Wednesday (26 February), Jimmy did a show at the Emerald Isle in the La Florida complex in Orihuela.

The last date on his latest visit was on Friday (28 February) at Hotel Marina in Alicante.

With a growing ex-pat market within the Alicante and Benidorm regions, Jimmy has done shows regularly in Spain.

Find out where Jimmy, 74, is performing next and view all his tour dates on this website.

Also read: Meeting old friends from Ireland in Spain

Meeting old friends from Ireland at show in Spain 150 150 mhamer

Meeting old friends from Ireland at show in Spain

My thanks for a wonderful night at, “Coopers Bar” in Spain with owners Chanade and Doreen, fellow act, our great friend singer and compère @steviespit and met Michele from 25yrs ago, when as a nurse I visited her children’s hospital and it made the local paper in Great Yarmouth!

Jimmy Cricket is enjoying his latest visit to Spain, where he has three shows during February.

The famous funnyman first performed at the Coopers Arms in Ciudad Quesada near Alicante on Tuesday (25 February).

He tweeted the photo above and a message.

It read: “My thanks for a wonderful night at, “Coopers Bar”, with owners Chanade and Doreen, fellow act, our great friend singer and compère @steviespit.

“I met Michele 25yrs ago, when as a nurse I visited her children’s hospital and it made the local paper in Great Yarmouth.”

On Wednesday (26 February), Jimmy did a show at the Emerald Isle in the La Florida complex in Orihuela.

Lovely meeting up with old friends at the Emerald Isle in Spain last night, pictured here with Ruth the Chef, who like the owners, Brendan and Paul are from Waterfront Ireland!

He put the photo above on social media.

Belfast-born Jimmy said: “Lovely meeting up with old friends at the Emerald Isle last night, pictured here with Ruth the Chef, who like the owners, Brendan and Paul are from Waterfront Ireland.”

With a growing ex-pat market within the Alicante and Benidorm regions, Jimmy has done shows regularly in Spain.

The last date on his latest visit is on Friday (28 February) at Hotel Marina in Alicante.

Find out where Jimmy, 74, is performing next and view all his tour dates on this website.

Mansfield Palace Theatre to stage Jimmy’s comedy play 150 150 mhamer

Mansfield Palace Theatre to stage Jimmy’s comedy play

The Mansfield Palace Theatre will next stage the play on Thursday 20 February

Jimmy Cricket’s popular comedy play moves on to Mansfield next.

The Mansfield Palace Theatre will stage No More Fiffing and Faffing tonight (Thursday 20 February) – see all the details in the poster above.

It had a highly successful debut in September 2018 at the Blackburn Empire Theatre.

As a result, Jimmy, 74, has taken the production on a tour around the north of England.

Other venues so far include The Met in Bury and the Chorley Little Theatre in Lancashire.

Veteran comedian Jimmy wrote the play and also stars in it.

The other performers are Jonathan Young (The Bachelors) and actor Colin Meredith, who has appeared in Coronation Street.

Middlesbrough Theatre was the latest destination (Thursday 23 January) for No More Fiffing and Faffing.

Famous entertainer Jimmy, 74, tweeted afterwards: “What a lovely reception for the comedy play from the Teesside welcome last night!

“My thanks to Manager David Lindsey @Mbrotheatre and the technical crew, Andy and Peter who were on sound and lighting, for all their help and support!🎭

The City Varieties Music Hall will stage the play on Saturday 7 March (see below).
Well-known entertainer Jimmy, 74, tweeted: “Hi Folks! Just to let you know we will be taking our Comedy Play, ‘No More Fiffing and Faffing’, to the beautiful and unique @CityVarieties for a Saturday afternoon matinee show at 2.30pm on the 7th March 2020.”

Find out where Jimmy is performing and his other forthcoming shows by viewing all his tour dates on this website.

 

Golden memories: The Osmonds 150 150 mhamer

Golden memories: The Osmonds

Jimmy Cricket has known and worked with many great fellow entertainers across nearly five decades in showbusiness - including the Osmonds

Jimmy Cricket has known and worked with many great fellow entertainers across nearly five decades in showbusiness.

In a special series of monthly articles, Jimmy is taking a trip down Memory Lane to recall some of the special people with whom he has shared the stage.

Our second feature in the series is about The Osmonds, an American family music group with a long and varied history as star performers.

They started their musical careers as children and achieved further success as teen-music idols, going on to produce a hit television show and also perform as solo and group artists.

The group first comprised brothers Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay Osmond. They were later joined by younger siblings Donny – the most famous of all of them – and Jimmy. Their only sister Marie, who rarely sang with her brothers at that time, launched a successful solo career in 1973.

Jimmy, 74, supported the world-famous Osmonds on their pre-Christmas tour around the UK towards the end of 2015.

‘Dream gig’

He was a special guest for the Andy Williams Christmas Spectacular which ran for 15 shows, several of them sellouts.

Jimmy appeared on what was a wonderfully creative and slick show, which featured Jimmy, Jay and Merrill Osmond.

It included a video screen transmitting footage of the late American popular singer Andy Williams and images of Christmas, a set of green Christmas trees around the stage and even snow fell during the finale!

Here, Jimmy remembers the Osmonds in his own special way:

“Touring with the Osmonds was what you would call in this business a dream gig.

“It happened four years ago and the show consisted of Jimmy, Merrill and Jay.

“We did a 15-day tour up and down the country and played to sellout crowds.

“As well as the boys, we had a live band, dancers a  Russian quick-change act and a young English vocalist.

‘Stayed loyal’

“The show was actually a tribute to the great singer Andy Williams, whose Christmas TV specials enthralled American viewers for many years.

“Andy was also the one to give the Osmonds their first break in television when they were just babies.

“Indeed, I did the warm-up for the show and introduced those very appearances to the audiences on a large screen on stage.

“I was always amazed how many of the Osmond fans stayed loyal over the years and came to so many of their shows during that tour.

“It was a pleasure to work with this special showbiz family.”

Also read: Merrill Osmond told me: ‘You’re one of our family’

Click on either of the arrow-shaped play buttons above to watch a slideshow of pictures from the 2015 tour. All the photos were taken during the last tour date at the Winding Wheel concert venue in Chesterfield.

Golden Memories: Norman Barrett MBE

If you have any special memories of the Osmonds or would like Jimmy to feature somebody in our series, you can do this in several ways:

Find out where Jimmy is performing and his other forthcoming shows by viewing all his tour dates on this website.

 

David Carter RIP: Tributes paid to ‘talented and humble gent’ 150 150 mhamer

David Carter RIP: Tributes paid to ‘talented and humble gent’

Shocked and saddened to hear off the passing of David Carter, a wonderful musician, terrific arranger, and brilliant Musical Director! Most of all, the warmest and kindest human being I have ever had the great pleasure to work with! My prayers and thoughts are with his family

Jimmy Cricket has paid tribute to friend and fellow entertainer David Carter who died recently.

David, a musician and musical director, was an extremely popular and valued person in the showbusiness industry.

His work with Jimmy included arranging the music for his CD Light & Shade, which was released in February 2015.

Jimmy said at the time about David’s “God-given talent” enabling him “to breathe life into my tunes and words”.

David was trained in arranging at the Royal College of Music and London Weekend Television.

He played for the late Sir Ken Dodd across the UK and was the Musical Director for the late Danny La Rue.

In addition, he worked for many pantomimes and musicals, as well as for The National Lottery programme and BBC London.

However, it was for his arrangements on major cruise ships that he was chiefly known.

Jimmy said: “Shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of David Carter, a wonderful musician, terrific arranger, and brilliant Musical Director!

“Most of all, the warmest and kindest human being I have ever had the great pleasure to work with!

“My prayers and thoughts are with his family.”

‘Lovely, warm person’

Singer Charlie James (@MsCharlieJames) said on Twitter: “So sad to hear.

“David was such a lovely, lovely fellow and I loved working with him, he was a wonderful accompanist.

“He seemed so well when I last saw him only a couple of weeks ago.

“Bless his soul RIP dear David.”

People also left tributes to David on Jimmy’s Facebook page.

One person commented: ” He was a very talented and humble gent.”

Another described him as a “wonderful kind talented man“; a different post said: “David was a lovely warm person, a great musician and arranger.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tall Texan who saved the day in Rochdale 150 150 mhamer

The tall Texan who saved the day in Rochdale

My Feb @leponline column folks, here I tell how at the very last minute, the Texan @AndrewJBoyer with his great voice, saved the Remembrance Day Concert at the Rochdale Town Hall for me and my fellow performers, which was in aid of the Lord Mayor, Billy Sherrin's Charities!

Jimmy Cricket has recalled the story about a Texan who came to the rescue in an English town.

Let’s hear it for the wee man is a musical which Jimmy created a few years ago.
It is about Northern Ireland’s only recipient of the Victoria Cross, submariner James Magennis.
The musical was performed in front of 300 people in aid of the Mayor of Rochdale’s charity appeal on Remembrance Day last year.
However, as Jimmy recounts in his latest Lancashire Post column, a week before the event, the singer playing the title role pulled out.
So Jimmy and wife May frantically began looking for a replacement and even put a plea out on social media channel Facebook.
And just a few days before the concert at Rochdale Town Hall, a Texan called Andrew J Boyer called them.
Andrew J Boyer will play war hero Jim Magennis in Jimmy Cricket's musical at Rochdale Town Hall on Remembrance SundayAndrew (pictured left) is a 24-year-old piano-vocalist from Dallas who had just moved to Salford.
He has been a performer for almost a decade, and sings and plays the piano from time to time on cruise ships.

The musical tells the courageous story of Magennis who joined the Royal Navy aged 15.

He won the UK’s highest military honour for his bravery onboard a midget sub that attacked the Japanese cruiser Takao on 31 July 1945.

His job was to attach six mines to the enemy vessel in the risky covert operation in Singapore Harbour.

Jimmy and @RochdaleMayor Coun Billy Sheerin having a good old yarn about the James Magennis play

Jimmy with Bill Sherrin, the Mayor of Rochdale

However, he ran into difficulties and faced grave danger.

But he persisted with the mission before returning to the sub exhausted.

King George VI recognised his heroics by awarding him the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry.

Magennis continued his service until 1949 when he returned home with his wife Edna Skidmore and their four sons.

In 1952, he lost his job and was forced to sell his VC medal.

However, an anonymous benefactor later returned it to him on the condition he did not sell it again.

Blue plaque

Magennis spent the rest of his life in Yorkshire working as an electrician before dying of cancer in 1986 aged 66.

His heroics were commemorated in 2018 with a special blue plaque in his honour.

Belfast-born Jimmy, who has lived in Rochdale for many years, wrote both the words and the music for the play.

It also featured actor Charles Lawson, actress and singer Sue Devaney and comedian Jimmy himself.

Find out where Jimmy is performing and his other forthcoming shows by viewing all his tour dates on this website.