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Cricket aims to clock up a century of lockdown levity 150 150 mhamer

Cricket aims to clock up a century of lockdown levity

Jimmy Cricket is planning to complete a century of his special daily video messages.

For the past two months or so, Jimmy has been sending all his fans and friends togetherness posts as the world fights coronavirus.

Jimmy Cricket's self-isolating message just before the start of the lockdown

The UK government announced on 24 March it was imposing strict new curbs on life in the UK.

However, some of the restrictions for the Covid-19 lockdown are now starting to be relaxed.

Jimmy has been posting the videos on social media with the message: “We can do this together!”

He created the first daily message on 23 March and has attempted to give them topical themes.

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

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

Jimmy posted number 66 today (Sunday 31 May) and reveals he wants to reach 100.

Watch post 66 here.

He has written this message to all his fans, friends and followers:

“Hi Friends, Just to let you know May and I are thinking of you during these troubled and turbulent times.

“This virus has brought so much heartbreak and sadness to so many that every morning you wake up praying that the tide will turn and it looks now that it slowly has.

“I noticed that the Daily Telegraph have a special column dedicated to good news.

“They reported that Northern Ireland had no new deaths on Monday for the first time since March 21.

“They also mentioned that care home staff in Devon have set up a restaurant-style drive-through which will allow residents to see their loved ones, and that Lloyd Falk, a 100-year-old Second World War veteran and one of the first coronavirus patients to be hospitalised in Virginia, has survived.

“All these stories lift our spirits and I suppose that’s why I thought about doing something to cheer people up.

“It was my youngest daughter Katie who suggested I do a joke each day on social media not long after the lockdown had kicked in.

“Before we knew it, we’d got to day 54 when one of our Facebookers suggested I go for the 100 jokes.

“His name was Paul Ritchie and I bought into his idea right away.

“After all, I can’t go on indefinitely and as I write this the last NHS clap-off has just taken place.

“These clap-offs were an inspired idea and brought us all together to show our appreciation for the front-line heroes.

“When I say daily jokes, they come in various forms. It could be a couple of quick one-liners or a longer joke with a punchline.

‘Phenomenal job’

“In some cases it could be a poem. The trick is to keep it short. After all, there’s no live audience so it’s a silent feedback.

“I put on my character costume of tail coat, hat and wellingtons and do them in weekly batches of seven and just drop them in each day one at a time.

“Mrs Cricket’s the one behind the camera and she does a phenomenal job.

“I’m constantly astounded how good the quality is on her iPhone.

“I try to make them relevant to what’s happening in the news.

“For instance some schools are opening this week so I’ve been doing jokes about my schooldays.

“Next, I’ll theme my material on shops opening and so on.

“I’m thrilled by the emails and texts I get from people telling me how much I cheer them up.

“So back to the goal of a hundred. A quick calculation points to July the fourth as the big day.

“Look forward to welcoming as many people as possible on my journey of lockdown levity.”

Also read: Coronavirus pandemic: We can do this together!

Watch Jimmy’s lockdown lament

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

 

Katie Mulgrew appears in Coronation Street shows 150 150 mhamer

Katie Mulgrew appears in Coronation Street shows

Katie Mulgrew has been appearing in Coronation Street

Katie Mulgrew, stand-up comedian and Jimmy Cricket’s daughter, has been appearing in Coronation Street.

Well-known Northern Irish entertainer Jimmy, 72, tweeted (above) that Katie was in Monday’s episodes of the popular soap and will appear on Wednesday as well.

She had a talking part in Monday’s first episode (see 18.38 in a rerun of the show here) and appears again in the second one.

Katie, from Rochdale, is also a writer and was recently one of three winners of the Northern Writers Award run by Kudos North, the Manchester-based production arm of Kudos.

Daughter Katie Mulgrew wins Kudos North award 150 150 mhamer

Daughter Katie Mulgrew wins Kudos North award

One of Jimmy Cricket’s daughters has won a prestigious award for her writing.

Katie Mulgrew

Katie Mulgrew (right), a writer and stand-up comedian from Rochdale, was one of three winners of the Northern Writers Award run by Kudos North, the Manchester-based production arm of Kudos.

The awards, run in conjunction with the BBC Writersroom, were launched in October 2017 to identify and nurture emerging northern voices. Judges were so overwhelmed by the standard of entries that three, rather than the previously stipulated two, winners were selected.

The trio each receive a £2,000 prize to get an idea developed with mentorship from acclaimed northern writers Danny Brocklehurst and Stephen Butchard.

Katie had her first full-length play, Omnibus, staged at the Liverpool Unity Theatre in 2017. She has written for BBC Radio 4’s Newsquiz and script-edited the award-winning short film Ctrl Z.

Katie Mulgrew was one of three winners of the Kudos North award

Proud dad Jimmy said on social media channel Twitter: “Congratulations to my daughter Katie who has won this prestigious award as a talented writer!”

The other two award winners were Niki Rooney, a writer from Glasgow who has written extensively for Hollyoaks (C4) and tween drama Ride (Nickelodeon), and Helen Black, an author from Pontefract in West Yorkshire who has six published books in her Lily Valentine series alongside a new fiction series called Taking Liberties.

Laura Conway, Development Producer at Kudos North, said: “I am thrilled to find three fabulous Northern voices who are new to both Kudos and the BBC Writersroom.

“The level of work was extremely high which made the decision near impossible but Katie, Helen and Niki all expressed clear, urgent visions for their pitches and created characters which stayed with me long after the judging day.

“Championing top talent is what this award is all about and to find three exceptional, female writers is genuinely exciting – I can’t wait to get cracking on development.”

From 300 scripts received, 23 were invited to submit a one-page pitch for a TV drama series idea. These were read by judges and whittled down to six, which were invited to BBC Media City in Manchester to pitch their idea to a panel including Ayela Butt, BBC Drama Co –Commissioner, Anne Edyvean, Head of the BBC Writersroom, Sarah Stack, Head of Development at Kudos and Laura Conway Development Producer at Kudos North.

The winners will now be given one-on-one support by Kudos North in developing their idea before presenting to BBC commissioner Mona Qureshi and co-commissioner Ayela Butt.

Katie Mulgrew features on BBC Radio 4 Extra 150 150 mhamer

Katie Mulgrew features on BBC Radio 4 Extra

 

 

The best in contemporary comedy. Tom Wrigglesworth chats to Katie Mulgrew on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Jimmy Cricket’s comedian daughter Katie Mulgrew featured on BBC Radio 4 Extra’s The Comedy Club Interviews series recently.

Katie (pictured below right), who has performed three solo stand-up shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, was interviewed by BBC presenter Tom Wrigglesworth.

The interview can be heard here.

Her famous dad posted on Twitter saying it was a “lovely funny interview”.Katie Mulgrew

She won the inaugural 2015 Liverpool Hope play-writing prize with her play Omnibus.

It was staged at the Unity Theatre in June 2017 in a co-production with the Liverpool Royal Court to rave reviews.

Find out more about Katie here.

 

Julius Caesar, UK prime ministers and Omnibus 150 150 mhamer

Julius Caesar, UK prime ministers and Omnibus

Jimmy Cricket's column in the Lancashire Evening Post

Jimmy Cricket talked about Julius Caesar, British prime ministers and an award-winning play written by one of his daughters in a recent newspaper column.

Writing in the Preston-based Lancashire Evening Post (LEP), the famous entertainer, 71, mentions Omnibus, which was staged for the first time in Liverpool in June.

Omnibus, written by comedian Katie Mulgrew, was the winner two years ago of the first ever Liverpool Hope University play-writing prize. It is about a group of friends following a soap opera.

And she was given the opportunity to see her debut play on stage when it was performed at the Unity Theatre Liverpool in association with the Royal Court (which was closed for development work) to rave reviews!

Katie Mulgrew’s ‘play is very funny’ – The Stage 150 150 mhamer

Katie Mulgrew’s ‘play is very funny’ – The Stage

Jimmy Cricket and Katie Mulgrew
An award-winning play written by Jimmy Cricket’s daughter, Katie Mulgrew, is being staged in Liverpool this week.
Review of Katie Mulgrew's play, Omnibus

Review of Katie Mulgrew’s debut play in The Stage

Comedian Katie (pictured above with Jimmy) was the winner two years ago of the first ever Liverpool Hope University play-writing prize, with her work entitled Omnibus, which follows a group of friends following a soap opera.

Not only did she earn herself £10,000 in the process, but she was given the opportunity to see her debut play produced by the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool.
And it is currently being performed at the Unity Theatre Liverpool in association with the Royal Court, which is closed for development work, to rave reviews!
The Stage, the world’s oldest and best theatre publication, says in a review: “The plot manages to stay just the right side of plausible to hold the audience’s attention and the play has a satisfying overall shape to it.”
It also tweeted: “Entertaining and very funny debut play by .”
Review of Katie Mulgrew's play, Omnibus