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Talking Pictures TV festival: Singer Tony Christie among performers 150 150 mhamer

Talking Pictures TV festival: Singer Tony Christie among performers

Looking forward to joining this great cast of fellow performers for @TalkingPicsTV this coming 20th July weekend!A Festival of Film being staged by Talking Pictures TV and Renown Pictures later this year will feature a host of entertainers, including comedian Jimmy Cricket and singer Tony Christie.

The event takes place at The Savoy Theatre in Monmouth, Wales, on Saturday and Sunday, 20 and 21 July.

Northern Irishman Jimmy has performed at a Talking Pictures TV production previously, appearing alongside fellow comic Jimmy Tarbuck and actor Tim Healy in October 2022.

Speaking about the show this summer, he said: “Looking forward to joining this great cast of fellow performers for Talking Pics TV!”

Radio DJ Mike Read is one of the hosts for the weekend.

For details of how to book, phone (freephone) 0808 178 8212.

Tony Christie, now 80, found fame in the 1970s with songs such as (Is This the Way to) Amarillo.

A special Festival of Film later this year, staged by TV channel Talking Pictures, will feature a host of entertainers including comedian Jimmy Cricket and singer Tony Christie.In 2002, comedian Peter Kay used Amarillo on his TV show Phoenix Nights, leading to a resurgence in the song’s popularity.

Talking Pictures TV is an independent archive film and television channel.

It is available on Virgin 445, Freesat 306, Freeview or Youview 82 or on the Sky digital satellite platform, channel 328.

Its website says: “Do you remember the thrill and excitement of Saturday Morning Pictures?

“Where heroes and villains and clowns and crooners, invariably in glorious black and white, would entertain you for hours?

 

“Now those glorious days return, and it’s not just for Saturday mornings.

“It’s 24 hours a day. Every day!”

Find out more about the TV channel here.

Renown Pictures Corporation is a British film distributor founded by producer George Minter in 1938.

Buy Jimmy’s autobiography!

Don’t forget that Jimmy’s official autobiography is on sale.

Jimmy Cricket with his autobiography

Memoirs Of An Irish Comedian tells the heart-warming story of Jimmy’s illustrious life and 50-year career.

The paperback version costs £11.99 at online retailer Amazon. It is also available via eBook and audio.

Signed copies (£15.99 including postage and packing) can be purchased on this website here.

It is also available at Jimmy’s live gigs for £10, where Jimmy will also sign it.

One pound from the sale of every book goes to Mary’s Meals.

The charity supports feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Also read: Jimmy Cricket’s signed autobiographies now available by post!

Watch exclusive interview with JC on Talking Pictures TV! 150 150 mhamer

Watch exclusive interview with JC on Talking Pictures TV!

An exclusive interview JImmy Cricket gave to Talking Pictures TV is being televised on Wednesday 21 June.An exclusive interview which Jimmy Cricket gave to Talking Pictures TV is being televised today (Wednesday 21 June).

The chat with former BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read was filmed live at The Plaza in Liverpool.

Jimmy teamed up with several other celebrities, including fellow funnyman Jimmy Tarbuck, at the TV channel Talking Pictures roadshow near Liverpool in October last year.

The TPTV Festival of Film took place at the Plaza Community Cinema in Waterloo on Merseyside.

A member on LinkedIn commented that Saturday’s Daily Mail weekly TV supplement (see below left) highlighted the interview.

It starts at 1.35pm.

An exclusive interview JImmy Cricket gave to Talking Pictures TV is being televised on Wednesday 21 June.

Talking Pictures TV is an independent archive film and television channel.

It is available on Virgin 445, Freesat 306, Freeview or Youview 82 or on the Sky digital satellite platform, channel 328.

Its website says: “Do you remember the thrill and excitement of Saturday Morning Pictures?

“Where heroes and villains and clowns and crooners, invariably in glorious black and white, would entertain you for hours?

“Now those glorious days return, and it’s not just for Saturday mornings.

“It’s 24 hours a day. Every day!”

Go here to find out more about the TV channel.

Also read from this website: Jimmy Tarbuck & Tim Healy among Talking Pics stars

Jimmy’s autobiography available now!

Don’t forget that Jimmy’s official autobiography is on sale.

Memoirs Of An Irish Comedian tells the heart-warming story of Jimmy’s illustrious life and career – told in his own words.

The paperback costs £11.99 and is available at online retailer Amazon here.

One pound from the sale of every book goes to Mary’s Meals.

The charity supports feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.

Also read – Autobiography: Buy The Jimmy Cricket Story now!

Read more about Jimmy’s life and career here.

All his tour bookings and other events can be found here.

Why I got barred from our parish hall watching a Hollywood film… 150 150 mhamer

Why I got barred from our parish hall watching a Hollywood film…

I pay tribute to the great Hollywood and UK movies I have watched all my life and where you can access them today @TalkingPicsTV and it was fun to do the show with Jimmy Tarbuck @MikeReadUK @TheRealTimHealy @margiclarke1 and Lola 🎭

Jimmy Cricket talks about his first experiences of Hollywood films… and tells how he got banned from his local parish hall while watching one!

In his latest column Lancashire Post column, the Northern Irish comic recalls seeing The Charge of the Light Brigade as a six-year-old.

It was being shown via a small projector at a parochial venue in a Belfast suburb called Ligoniel.

Jimmy remembers that the tension towards the end of the film got too much for him.

He jumped out of his seat and at the top of his voice shouted: “Charge!”.

It resulted in him becoming the first child to be barred from the parish hall!

He says Belfast was teeming with cinemas in the 1950s as TV hadn’t taken off fully by then.

Celebrities attended film festival roadshow

The popular funnyman also highights a special service called Talking Pictures TV.

It is a family-run business that shows films from the 1930s through to the 60s.

Last October, Jimmy and other celebrities attended the Talking Pictures Festival of Film roadshow on Merseyside.

Famous Liverpool comic Jimmy Tarbuck and well-known TV actor Tim Healey also took part in the event at the Plaza Community Cinema Waterloo.

Tim has appeared in many productions, including Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.

The programme was a British comedy-drama television programme about seven British construction workers who leave the UK to search for employment overseas.

It first aired in the early 1980s.

Jimmy Tarbuck is an English comedian, singer, actor, entertainer and game show host.

He hosted numerous game shows and quiz shows on ITV during the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s.

Radio DJ Mike Read was the compère and interviewer for the event.

Below are images from the roadshow.

Hi folks! What a fabulous nostalgic fun day with Noel, Maureen, Sarah, Archie, team members Jade, Michael, Kev@TalkingPicsTV with Liverpool’s very own Jimmy (Tarbuck) and @margiclarke1 with compère/interviewer @MikeReadUK and actor @TheRealTimHealy alongside songstress, Lola!

It was a celebration of film and TV history, and included lots of short films and lost TV episodes/films.

Hollywood, a neighbourhood in Los Angeles, California, is famous for being the historic centre of the US film industry and its stars.

Talking Pictures TV is an independent archive film and television channel.

It is available on Virgin 445, Freesat 306, Freeview or Youview 82 or on the Sky digital satellite platform, channel 328.

Go here to find out more about the TV channel.

Also read from this website: Keeping a date with one of Blackpool’s favourite hotels

 

 

From the archives: 1983 Children’s Royal Variety Performance 150 150 mhamer

From the archives: 1983 Children’s Royal Variety Performance

Hi folks editing footage, and here's my little contribution to the 3rd Children's Royal Variety Show, (this idea was the creation of Rod Hull), at the end, how many artistes do you know? Alongside the great advocate of Variety, David Bell #keepvarietyalive

The third Children’s Royal Variety Performance featured many top entertainers, including our very own Jimmy Cricket.

Jimmy has been reliving the star-studded show from nearly 40 years ago by making his own performance available online.

He posted on social media: “Hi folks we’re editing some footage and here’s my little contribution which was recorded at the 3rd Children’s Royal Variety Performance.

“This idea was the creation of Speciality Act Rod Hull, which raised a lot of money for the NSPCC over the 13 years.

This one was staged by LWT – can you name all the Variety Artistes at the end of the clip in the line-up?

“Alongside the great advocate of Televised Variety, the sadly missed David Bell #keepvarietyalive”

Also among the performers in March 1983 were Russ Abbot, Kim Wilde, Jeremy Beadle, Stu Francis, Keith Chegwin, Dustin Gee and Maggie Philbin.

Princess Margaret was the royal guest.

The replies to Jimmy’s post included:

Stewart: I remember Dustin Gee doing a gig at Haslingden Cricket Club many years ago.

Gildas: Well worth watching , would love to see the full show (see below).

Gary: Love it

Michelle: Brilliant

Simon: Brilliant and still funny!

Pete: That’s when variety was at its best. Lovely to see.

Rod: Jimmy Cricket you are brill. Total pro.

Paul: Really fab Jimmy.

Dom: Love it Jimmy. Well done pal.

Watch Jimmy’s performance below.

Watch the full show here

Also read: ‘Great privilege’ to be in 1984 Royal Variety Show