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David Bell: ‘Legendary maestro of TV variety’ 150 150 mhamer

David Bell: ‘Legendary maestro of TV variety’

The late great David Bell whom my generation of fellow performers had the great pleasure of working with! David was gone too soon!

Jimmy Cricket has been delving into the archives again to fondly remember those with whom he has worked.

With the coronavirus pandemic meaning no shows for the foreseeable future, comic Jimmy has been looking through his old photographs.

And he found the picture above of the late David Bell, who was one of British television’s best light entertainment producers.

Award-winning David died aged 53 in June 1990 at his London home after being ill for several months.

The Scotsman worked for Scottish Television, the BBC and London Weekend Television (LWT) during a very successful career.

He worked with many big names in television, including Benny Hill, Bruce Forsyth, Dame Edna Everage and Elton John.

Hawick-born David was the man behind most of the ITV royal variety shows.

As controller of entertainment at London Weekend Television, he was in charge of many of ITV’s most popular series.
These included The Stanley Baxter Show.

Jimmy tweeted: “Going through archives, and here remembering the legendary maestro of Variety and sketch shows on Television…

“The late great David Bell whom my generation of fellow performers had the great pleasure of working with!

“David was gone too soon!”

Read how the Herald in Scotland reported on David’s death back in 1990

From this website – Golden memories: Performing in front of Princess Diana

 

Golden Memories: Performing in front of Princess Diana 150 150 mhamer

Golden Memories: Performing in front of Princess Diana

As lockdown continues to #SaveOurNHS I have been looking at nostalgic memorabilia from over the years, all have given me a warm glow, none more than this one when I performed alongside my fellow entertainers in front of the Queen Mum, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, at a time when Variety was King!

Jimmy Cricket has worked with many great fellow entertainers in 50 years of showbusiness.

The lovable Northern Irish comedian has also performed in front of some very famous people.

Jimmy, now 74, has been reminiscing on social media about taking part in the Royal Variety Performance in 1984.

The show took place on 19 November at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London.

Royal guests were the Queen Mother, Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

Also among the performers were singer/actor Paul Nicholas and comedians Bernie Winters and Billy Dainty.

The Royal Variety Performance is a televised variety show held annually.

It raises money for the Royal Variety Charity, of which Queen Elizabeth II is life patron.

Senior members of the British Royal Family attend the event.

The evening’s performance is presented as a live variety show, usually from a theatre in London.

‘Warm glow’

It consists of family entertainment, including comedy, music, dance, magic and other specialty acts.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Jimmy is unable to do live shows at venues.

However, he has been telling jokes via video on his social media accounts, including Facebook.

Additionally, he has been dipping into the archives and posted the images above and below on social media.

He added: “As lockdown continues to #SaveOurNHS I have been looking at nostalgic memorabilia from over the years.

“All have given me a warm glow. None more than this one.

“I performed alongside my fellow entertainers in front of the Queen Mum, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, at a time when Variety was King! 🎭”

Golden memories: The Osmonds

If you have any special memories of celebrities with whom Jimmy has performed or would simply like him to feature somebody in our series, you can:

As lockdown continues to #SaveOurNHS I have been looking at nostalgic memorabilia from over the years, all have given me a warm glow, none more than this one when I performed alongside my fellow entertainers in front of the Queen Mum, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, at a time when Variety was King!

Nicholas Parsons: TV and radio star was ‘a remarkable man’

The late Nicholas Parsons is the subject of Jimmy Cricket's latest newspaper column.

Actor, presenter and broadcaster Parsons died in January at the age of 96 after a short illness. Here's how BBC News reported his death. Tributes were paid to him from across the entertainment world, including from the likes of Stephen Fry and Graham Norton. Comedian Jimmy worked with him on The Joke Machine, a children's sketch series which aired as part of CITV in the UK. In his Lancashire Post column for March, Jimmy recalls one of the sketches involving Parsons and paid tribute to him. He recalls: "Although it was only a short sketch, it rained incessantly that morning and everybody had to run for shelter.
'Unforgettable few hours'
"The nearest refuge for me was the car. So I promptly parked my Rickshaw up against a lamppost and jumped into the passenger seat. "There, over a bacon butty and carton of tea each, Nicholas told me the story of his astonishing career." Jimmy says it was "an unforgettable few hours with a remarkable man".
Parsons also appeared on the Benny Hill Show for several years and fronted ITV's popular Sale of the Century. His other TV appearances included Have I Got News For You, while he played master of ceremonies on Radio 4 show Just a Minute. Also read: Nicholas Parsons: A great career and will be sadly missed Below is how the BBC broke the news of Nicholas Parsons' death.

Nicholas Parsons: TV and radio star was ‘a remarkable man’ 150 150 mhamer
Memorial page set up for tributes to the late Eddie Large 150 150 mhamer

Memorial page set up for tributes to the late Eddie Large

Hi everyone here is a link by #RyanMcGinnis the son of the great comic Eddie Large, where you can add a tribute to a memorial page in memory of his Dad, husband to Patsy! 🕯

The funeral for the late comedian Eddie Large takes place on 24 April.

Eddie, best known for being part of double act Little and Large, died with coronavirus earlier this month aged 78.

His son Ryan McGinnis has created an online memorial page for people to pay tribute to him.

Ryan tweeted: “As you all know my dad, @eddie6large, passed away.

“The funeral will be on the 24/04/20 and I have set up a memorial page for him.

“We ask that instead flowers to the funeral could you donate to our charity, @RoyalPapworth.”

‘Heavy heart’

Eddie was a well-known face on TV in the 1970s and 80s and was famous for his comedy partnership with Syd Little.

The TV star, who was born Edward Hugh McGinnis, had been suffering with heart failure and contracted coronavirus in hospital.

Jimmy, 74, had said when hearing of Eddie’s death: “It is with a heavy heart I have just found out, (through his son Ryan), that his father Eddie Large has passed away.

“I worked many times with him and his partner Syd.

“They were not only a wonderful double act, but such great fun to be with off stage!

“Our thoughts and prayers goes to Patsy his wife and Ryan and his family, but also with Syd, Sheree and son Dominic xx.”

Jimmy’s Facebook post on 2 April attracted more than 1,000 likes, almost 400 comments and nearly 600 shares (to date).

Also read: What is Syd of Little and Large fame doing now?

It is with a heavy heart I have just found out, (through his son Ryan), that his father Eddie Large has passed away. I worked many times with him and his partner Sid, they were not only a wonderful double act, but such great fun to be with off stage! Our thoughts and prayers goes to Patsy his wife and Ryan and his family, but also with Sid, Sheree and son Dominic xx

Regular Twitter jokes told on video during coronavirus pandemic 150 150 mhamer

Regular Twitter jokes told on video during coronavirus pandemic

My thanks to @KatieMulg whose idea this was to turn my regular Twitter jokes to live performance during these tough times!Jimmy Cricket is telling his daily jokes on video clips rather than by text during the coronavirus pandemic.

The famous Northern Irish funnyman has been performing daily as part of a “we can do this together” series.

The 74-year-old entertainer explained it was his daughter, comedian Katie Mulgrew, who came up with the suggestion.

He said on social media: “My thanks to @KatieMulg whose idea this was to turn my regular Twitter jokes to live performance during these tough times!”

Watch Jimmy perform his Twitter jokes and read all his regular postings here.

Around 1.5 million confirmed cases of the illness – also known as Covid-19 – have been confirmed globally, with about 90,000 deaths.

The UK government announced last month it was imposing strict new curbs on life in the UK.

A while back, Jimmy sent all his fans and friends a togetherness message via video.

Jimmy Cricket has sent all his fans and friends a "together message" via video as the world fights the coronavirus pandemic.

Jimmy posted the clip on social media with the message: “We can do this together!”

He told a few jokes in the video and urged people to help each other in these tough times.

“Once we get though this, at the end of the tunnel, we’ll all have a great big huddle together,” he added.

Fr Frankie Mulgrew, Jimmy’s younger son, is getting around the coronavirus pandemic by having Mass videoed.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have said public liturgies should cease until further notice because of coronavirus.

Many churches are getting around the problem by streaming their services online.

Here in this link you can join Fr Frankie @St . James and All Souls Parish's broadcast: 10 am Mass 22nd of March 2020 at Salford (churches have been closed for services over the coronavirus)

Fr Frankie is the parish priest at St James and All Souls in Pendleton, Salford.

Also read: Fr Frankie’s Masses go online

 

Coronavirus pandemic: ‘We can do this together!’ 150 150 mhamer

Coronavirus pandemic: ‘We can do this together!’

Jimmy Cricket has sent all his fans and friends a "together message" via video as the world fights the coronavirus pandemic.Jimmy Cricket has begun sending all his fans and friends daily togetherness message via video as the world fights the coronavirus pandemic.

Around 340,000 confirmed cases of the illness – also known as Covid-19 – have been confirmed globally, with about 15,000 deaths.

The UK government has just announced it is imposing strict new curbs on life in the UK.

Jimmy posted the first video on social media with the message: “We can do this together!”

He tells a few jokes in the clip and urges people to help each other in these tough times.

He says: “Once we get though this, at the end of the tunnel, we’ll all have a great big huddle together.”

Fr Frankie Mulgrew, Jimmy’s younger son, is getting around the coronavirus pandemic by having Mass videoed.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have said public liturgies should cease until further notice because of the coronavirus.

Many churches are getting around the problem by streaming their services online.

Here in this link you can join Fr Frankie @St . James and All Souls Parish's broadcast: 10 am Mass 22nd of March 2020 at Salford (churches have been closed for services over the coronavirus)

Fr Frankie is the parish priest at St James and All Souls in Pendleton, Salford.

He filmed Mass on Sunday 22 March and dad Jimmy posted the video on his Twitter page.

Jimmy, 74, tweeted: “At this unprecedented time when Sunday Worship is on hold in Churches up and down the Country, here in this link you can join Fr Frankie at St James and All Souls Parish’s broadcast 10 am Mass 22nd of March 2020 at Salford.”

‘What a fantastic idea!’

A nationwide round of applause will take place on Thursday 26 March.

The aim is to show gratitude to the NHS staff working tirelessly during the pandemic, also known as COVID-19.

Organisers of Clap for our Carers are asking everyone who can to clap at 8pm wherever they are, assuming they are at a safe distance from others as instructed by the government.

Comedian Jimmy said: “What a fantastic idea! Me and Mrs C. will be applauding at our front door!”

David and Victoria Beckham are other celebrities reported to be backing the campaign.

Numerous stars went to their Instagram page to encourage their fans to support the NHS.

Also read: Fr Frankie’s Masses go online

A nationwide round of applause will be taking place on Thursday 26 March to how gratitude to the NHS staff working tirelessly during the pandemic

Coronavirus pandemic: Fr Frankie’s Masses go online 150 150 mhamer

Coronavirus pandemic: Fr Frankie’s Masses go online

Here in this link you can join Fr Frankie @St . James and All Souls Parish's broadcast: 10 am Mass 22nd of March 2020 at Salford (churches have been closed for services over the coronavirus)

Fr Frankie Mulgrew, Jimmy Cricket’s younger son, is getting around the coronavirus pandemic by having Mass videoed.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have said public liturgies should cease until further notice because of the coronavirus.

Many churches are getting around the problem by streaming their services online.

Fr Frankie is the parish priest at St James and All Souls in Pendleton, Salford.

He filmed Mass on Sunday 22 March and dad Jimmy posted the video on his Twitter page.

Jimmy, 74, tweeted: “At this unprecedented time when Sunday Worship is on hold in Churches up and down the Country, here in this link you can join Fr Frankie at St James and All Souls Parish’s broadcast 10 am Mass 22nd of March 2020 at Salford.”

‘What a fantastic idea!’

A nationwide round of applause will take place on Thursday 26 March.

The aim is to show gratitude to the NHS staff working tirelessly during the pandemic, also known as Covid-19.

Organisers of Clap for our Carers are asking everyone who can to clap at 8pm wherever they are, assuming they are at a safe distance from others as instructed by the government.

Comedian Jimmy said: “What a fantastic idea! Me and Mrs C. will be applauding at our front door!”

David and Victoria Beckham are other celebrities reported to be backing the campaign.

Numerous stars went to their Instagram page to encourage their fans to support the NHS.

Also read: Roy Hudd: ‘Walking encyclopedia of British Music Hall’

A nationwide round of applause will be taking place on Thursday 26 March to how gratitude to the NHS staff working tirelessly during the pandemic