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Christmas card features Strictly Come Dancing celebrity contestant 150 150 mhamer

Christmas card features Strictly Come Dancing celebrity contestant

Strictly Come Dancing is the theme of Jimmy Cricket's 2023 Christmas card.Popular reality TV show Strictly Come Dancing is the theme of Jimmy Cricket’s 2023 Christmas card.

Jimmy is superimposed next to one of the BBC programme’s contestants, TV presenter Angela Rippon.

On the card, Angela appears to be lifting the comedian’s right leg high off the ground.

Jimmy jokes: “Aww she’s pulling my leg folks!”

Strictly Come Dancing is a dance contest show in which celebrities partner professional dancers to compete in mainly ballroom and Latin dance.

A panel of judges hands out scores to each couple, while the general public also have a vote.

The semi-finals of this year’s competition take place at the weekend.

Jimmy’s Christmas cards usually have a topical theme to them.

His 2022 card focused on the fact that the UK had three prime ministers last year.

And the 2020 one featured Dominic Cummings’ controversial trip to Barnard Castle during the first coronavirus lockdown.

It showed Jimmy dressed as Father Christmas telling Cummings: “They are the strongest glass we make in Lapland, Dominic!”

Naughty list

Jimmy also chose a political theme for his 2019 Christmas card – the way Westminster MPs behaved over Brexit.

It showed him telling her majesty the Queen that all members of parliament are on the naughty list.

(Tradition has it that Father Christmas – also known as Santa Claus – has two lists: the naughty list and the nice list.

He checks over his list twice. If you are nice you get presents. If you are naughty you get a lump of coal in your stocking.)

Former PM Johnson reportedly apologised to the Queen after the Supreme Court ruled his decision to prorogue (suspend) Parliament earlier that year was unlawful.

Read the full story: Christmas card features naughty MPs and the Queen

Northern Irish comedian Jimmy has traditionally created his own customised Christmas card over the years.

Jimmy Cricket's Christmas card features the Only Fools and Horses’ sketch staring regular cast members David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst, plus special Comic Relief guest David BeckhamIn 2012, he picked a picture of Usain Bolt and Mo Farah, which was one of the iconic images from the London Olympics.

The followed year, it was a photo associated with the theft of his concrete wellies, which was widely covered in the media.

And his 2014 card (above) featured a sketch which took place during that year’s Comic Relief event.

The card recalled the Only Fools and Horses charity scene starring regular cast members David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst.

In addition, it featured former England and Manchester United footballer David Beckham.

Famous entertainer Jimmy was included on the card as if part of the get-together and referenced his famous Mammy!

Also read from this website: Christmas card 2022 – which PM now lives at No 10?!



Jimmy Cricket: What I want for Christmas and Strictly Come Dancing 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy Cricket: What I want for Christmas and Strictly Come Dancing

Jimmy Cricket appeared in the 50th edition of Rochdale Style

Jimmy Cricket was the subject of a special feature in the 50th edition of Rochdale Style.

The article about the Rochdale-based, Belfast-born comedian, 72, was in a question-and-answer format.

Among the questions were what does the Northern Irish entertainer want for Christmas.

His reply? “Peace or the box set of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers! I just watch Fred on YouTube and think he’s incredible. He’s a big inspiration to me.”

And when asked if he would appear on BBC’s popular Strictly Come Dancing, Jimmy said: “Oh Yes? Tomorrow!”

The Rochdale Style magazine is edited by actor Colin Meredith, a good friend of Jimmy.

Jimmy is currently playing Professor Fitzwarren in pantomime Dick Whittington, which is running at Rochdale’s Gracie Fields Theatre until New Year’s Eve.

The panto also features The Chase’s Mark Labbett (also known as The Beast), who plays King Rat.

Dick Whittington panto details


Daniel O’Donnell reunion delights Jimmy Cricket 150 150 mhamer

Daniel O’Donnell reunion delights Jimmy Cricket

Bruce Forsyth: Our living room friend for decades 150 150 mhamer

Bruce Forsyth: Our living room friend for decades

Jimmy Cricket's January column in the Lancashire Evening Post

Jimmy Cricket has described fellow entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth as “an all-round performer of the highest calibre”.

Sir Bruce – known affectionately as ‘Brucie’ – hosted popular shows like the The Generation Game and Play Your Cards Right. More recently, he has presented Strictly Come Dancing.

In his January column for the Preston-based Lancashire Evening Post, Jimmy says he has “been our living room friend for seven decades”.

The Irish comedian adds: “Bruce has enthralled, entertained and regaled us. He belongs to that elite band of all-round entertainers, like Sammy Davis Jnr and Roy Castle, who made versatility their stock in trade. You name it, Brucie could do it.”

There have been reports that Sir Bruce, 88, has been too ill to appear on TV over the past few months and Jimmy says: “Let’s hope he’s back to full fitness soon.”