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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!

‘Wonderful news in these gloomy times!’ 150 150 mhamer

‘Wonderful news in these gloomy times!’

Jimmy Cricket will do a New Year's Eve show at the Lyndene Hotel in BlackpoolJimmy Cricket has welcomed the news that two Blackpool hotels which had closed are back in business.

Earlier this month, the famous funnyman had expressed his sadness that the Lyndene and sister hotel St Chads had shut their doors for the final time.

However, the Blackpool Gazette reports that the two hotels are ready to return to business, with their managers re-employed.

Jimmy has appeared regularly at the popular Lyndene over the past few years.

He said: “Wonderful news in these gloomy times for Blackpool and ⁦@LyndeneHotel and for all the staff at #TeamLyndene and St Chads Hotels!

“We were all hoping for a miracle! Great news!”

His performances at the Lyndene were limited during 2020 following the restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jimmy did his last show there in September before another lockdown again resulted in the closure of hospitality venues.

Owners the Fragrance Group announced the Lyndene and St Chad’s hotels will now be run by hotel management company RBH, which has taken over operations with immediate effect.

The hotels were shut suddenly with staff left unpaid on 3 February by operating firm Bespoke Hotels Group.

The Blackpool Gazette added that a number of staff made redundant will be offered employment soon.

It is hoped hotels will reopen this spring when lockdown restrictions are lifted.

The Lyndene and St Chads stand next to each other on the seafront.

Husband and wife team Paul and Claire Swift manage both.

Jimmy has had five seasons in total at the Lyndene, which starred as the Le Ponderosa in the second series of Peter Kay’s TV hit comedy Phoenix Nights.

Steve Royle & Fr Frankie Mulgrew in Bolton show 150 150 mhamer

Steve Royle & Fr Frankie Mulgrew in Bolton show

Jimmy Cricket will be appearing at Thornleigh College in Bolton with Steve Royle and Fr Frankie MulgrewJimmy Cricket is appearing in a special event at Thornleigh Salesian College in Bolton in aid of CAFOD – the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development.

In what will be a unique evening of comedy entertainment, Jimmy will be joined on stage by special guest comedian Steve Royle, who regularly hosts a Saturday morning show on BBC Radio Lancashire and featured in Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights live show.

The evening will be hosted by comedian-turned-Catholic priest, Fr Frankie Mulgrew – Jimmy’s younger son – and there will be the odd surprise on show from pupils who attend the college.

This event is in aid of CAFOD who stand beside people living in poverty – whatever their religion or culture.

Through CAFOD’s local church partners around the world, they help people directly in their own communities and campaign for global justice.

Tickets for this night of fun and frivolity on Thursday 11 May are priced at £8 and £5 and are available from the reception at Thornleigh College (01204) 301 351.

Comedy night at The Stilton Tunnels a sellout 150 150 mhamer

Comedy night at The Stilton Tunnels a sellout

Stilton Tunnels entertainment venue

Jimmy Cricket is appearing at a special comedy event in the village of Stilton in Cambridgeshire towards the end of this month.

The Stilton Tunnels (above) has long been a venue for live entertainment in the village, which gave its name to the well-known cheese, Stilton.

Since then Roy’s comedy evenings have all been a sellout, even before the event is advertised – and Jimmy’s is no exception.

He organises these evenings every three to four months and among those who have appeared so far have been Mike Lancaster, The Fawlty Towers Dining Experience, and Lee Lard’s Peter Kay Tribute.

Roy is looking forward to welcoming famous entertainer Jimmy on 21 April for a night of comedy from the master himself.

Jimmy, 71, said: “I have known Roy for a number of years and it is a privilege to have been asked to appear at one of his very popular and successful comedy evenings.”

Heard the one about the comic who… 150 150 mhamer

Heard the one about the comic who…

The Manchester Evening News featured the story about Frankie Mulgrew's ordinationFrankie Mulgrew’s ordination to the Roman Catholic priesthood has received plenty of publicity in the media.

The 35-year-old younger son of Irish-born and Rochdale-based entertainer Jimmy Cricket became a priest this summer and among newspapers and websites to provide coverage of the special event was the Manchester Evening News which printed a news article (above).

It included quotes from Fr Frankie who says he used to drive comedian Peter Kay to shows.

Frankie, who has been a stand-up comedian in his own right, says one of his first parts in show business was “playing the back end of a cow at the Belfast Opera House”.

The newly ordained priest, whose stage name was Frankie Doodle, has compiled and edited a book called Does God LOL? (LOL is internet slang for Laugh Out Loud), which went on sale recently.

Ken Dodd, Ricky Tomlinson, Tim Vine, Jo Brand, Milton Jones and the late Frank Carson are among the famous showbiz names to have contributed to the book, which is priced at £7.99 or less (and is available at all good bookshops and websites, including Amazon).

Can’t find October dates? Come closer! 150 150 mhamer

Can’t find October dates? Come closer!

Jimmy Cricket and Brotherhood of Man

Struggling to find out what your favourite comedian Jimmy Cricket is up to during October?

Well, come closer!

Technical problems mean that the popular events calendar feature on this website has unexpectedly stopped working – unlike Jimmy who has another busy month ahead.

So please accept our apologies and while we try to rectify the problem, here is Jimmy’s schedule in October – events subject to change, of course.


Mon 1st

Solihull Arts Centre at 1.30pm


Tue 2nd

Sheffield City Hall (Jimmy and Mick)


Wed 3rd

Thameside Theatre, Essex (tenner show)


Thu 4th

Laugh Inn, Chester (Jimmy & Mick)


Fri 5th

Festival Drayton Centre, Market Drayton


Sat 6th

Blackfriars Arts Centre, Boston (music and Mayhem)


Thu 11th

St Peter’s, Hazel Grove


Fri 12th

St Catherine’s, Didsbury

Sat 13th

Walmer Bridge Village Hall


Sun 14th

Bucknall Pentecostal Church, Stoke-on-Trent


Thu 25th

Laughing Crow Comedy Club, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow


Fri 26th

Sherburn WMC, Durham


Sat 27th

Acorn Theatre, Worksop


Sun 28th

Thwaites Empire Anniversary Show, Blackburn


Tue 30th

Victoria Hall, Southborough, Surrey


Wed 31st

Victoria Hall, Southborough
From Cinders to stand-up 150 150 mhamer

From Cinders to stand-up

Comedy legends Mick Miller and Jimmy Cricket to team up in Darlington

Comedian Jimmy Cricket is returning to the Civic Theatre in Darlington – just months after appearing on the same stage as Baron Hardup in a pantomime version of Cinderella.

This time around, Jimmy is down to do his usual stand-up and is teaming up with fellow comedy legend Mick Miller.

Jimmy enjoyed his time in Darlington so much at Christmas that he could not wait to get back to the civic theatre. When a date was found over the summer, he did not need think twice about it.

He found the Darlington audiences very warm and receptive, and so he now wants to perform the stand-up for which he is famous.

Mick Miller received plenty of praise and plaudits after his appearance in last December’s Royal Command Variety Performance which was broadcast on ITV.

In addition to the Darlington appearance on Wednesday 11 July, the Jimmy and Mick Show tour also includes Preston, Chester, Sheffield and Manchester. It is even down to visit the world-famous Edinburgh Comedy Festival in August.

Jimmy said: “It is a great thrill to be returning to the civic theatre in Darlington after appearing in the theatre’s pantomime last Christmas.

“I am especially excited as people who came to see the panto will now get a chance to see me perform my stand-up.

“Darlington has a great theatre which is really ideal for us comedians as it has an intimate setting that creates a great atmosphere. The evening in question brings together two fine exponents of the arts of comedy and this is a comedy treat that should not be missed.”

Mick said:  “This date in Darlington kicks off mine and Jimmy’s tour together, and I know we are going to have a barrel of laughs over the different dates.

“But I cannot think of a better starting point than Darlington. If you want a giggle or two, then hop down to the civic theatre because with the two of us on stage, it is going to be madcap fun and laughter all the way.”

* Stay up-to-date with all Jimmy Cricket’s forthcoming shows here