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Encyclopedia > Jim'll Fix It
Jim'll Fix It
Genre Children's
Entertainment
Creator(s) Roger Ordish
Starring Jimmy Saville
Country of origin Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom
Production
Running time 25 min.
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
UKTV Gold
Original run 31 May 19751 June 1994

Jim'll Fix It was a long running British television show broadcast by the BBC. A male Caucasian toddler child A child (plural: children) is a young human. ... A stilt-walker entertaining shoppers at a shopping centre in Swindon, England Entertainment is an event, performance, or activity designed to give pleasure or relaxation to an audience (although, for example, in the case of a computer game the audience may be only one person). ... Sir Jimmy Savile OBE (born James Wilson Vincent Savile in Leeds on October 30, 1926) is a British DJ and television personality. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... BBC One (styled BBC1 until 1997) is the most watched domestic channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation. ... UKTV Gold, (previously known as UK Gold until March 8, 2004), is a British television channel, launched on November 1, 1992, currently available on Sky satellite, cable, and terrestrial subscription via Top Up TV. It is not available on standard Freeview boxes, however, despite the fact that many of its... May 31 is the 151st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (152nd in leap years), with 214 days remaining. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... June 1 is the 152nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (153rd in leap years), with 213 days remaining. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion...

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Concept

The show debuted on 31 May 1975, and ran until June 1994. It was devised and hosted by Jimmy Savile, who would "fix it" for several children's wishes to come true each week. The producer throughout the show's run was Roger Ordish, always referred to by Savile as 'Doctor Magic'. The standard format was that the child's letter, which described their wish, would be shown on the screen and read out aloud by the child. This would be followed with a quick chat between Jimmy and the child, where they would discuss the wish. The child's wish would then be enacted (either live in the studio or shown in a pre-recorded format, which usually consisted of an outside broadcast), and finally the child would be presented with a medal which had the words "Jim fixed it for me" engraved on it. Some children apparently thought that Jim's first name was "Jim'll", so some letters shown on the programme started "Dear Jim'll". May 31 is the 151st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (152nd in leap years), with 214 days remaining. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Sir Jimmy Savile OBE Sir James Wilson Vincent Savile OBE (born 31 October 1926), commonly known as Jimmy Savile, is a English DJ, actor and television personality. ... Outside broadcasting is the production of television programmes (typically to cover sports events) from a mobile television studio. ...


Well known "Fix-it's"

A group of Cub Scouts from the 2nd Sutton St Mary’s troop, who wrote to the programme asking to have a meal in an unusual place. The show opted to send them, complete with packed lunch, to ride a roller coaster in Blackpool — the hilarious result, thanks to the force of gravity and momentum, being lots of little faces full of food and drink. This was repeated with the same former Cubs in 2007 for Jim'll Fix It Strikes Again, with similar results. Cub Scouts in uniform from Hong Kong A Cub Scout is a member of the section of the worldwide Scouting movement for young persons normally aged 8–10. ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... A typical roller coaster The roller coaster is a popular amusement ride developed for amusement parks and modern theme parks. ... Gravity is a force of attraction that acts between bodies that have mass. ... In classical mechanics, momentum (pl. ...


A young Doctor Who fan was able to take part in a short adventure titled A Fix with Sontarans with Colin Baker. The fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, also appeared in one episode, where he tore off and handed away the frayed ends of his scarf to girls visiting the studio. Doctor Who is a long-running British science fiction television programme (and 1996 television movie) produced by the BBC about the adventures of a mysterious time-traveller known as the Doctor, who explores time and space with his companions, solving problems and righting wrongs. ... The Sixth Doctor meets his match in an 8 year old fan A Fix with Sontarans is the name of a specially written episode of the British science fiction television series, Doctor Who. ... Colin Baker (born London, June 8, 1943) is an English actor who is best known for playing the sixth incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running science fiction television series Doctor Who, from 1984 to 1986. ... For other persons named Tom Baker, see Tom Baker (disambiguation). ...


Veteran movie actor Peter Cushing (who also played Doctor Who in two cinematic outings) wrote to the show in 1986 to ask if a variety of rose could be named after his late wife. Peter Cushing OBE Cushing (left) in the television adaptation of Nineteen Eighty-Four in the winter of 1954 on BBC Television. ... See also: 1985 in television, other events of 1986, 1987 in television and the list of years in television For the American network television schedule, please see 1986-87 American network television schedule. ...


Later series saw Jim distributing medals from his "magic chair" which concealed the medals in a variety of robotic compartments.


Theme tune

The series is known for its iconic closing theme tune:

Your letter was only the start of it,
One letter, and now you're a part of it.
Now you've done it—Jim has fixed it for you,
And you and you...
There must be something that you always want to do,
The one thing that you always wanted to
Now you've done it—Jim has fixed it for you,
And you and you and you...

ITV1's Saturday Night Takeaway has a slot called "Jim Didn't Fix It", though how ITV got hold of the letters, since Jim'll Fix It was a BBC show, is unclear.[citation needed] ITV1 is the name, in England, Wales and the Scottish borders, for a terrestrial, free-to-air television channel, broadcast in the United Kingdom by the ITV network. ... Ant and Decs Saturday Night Takeaway is a television programme shown in the UK on Saturday evenings. ...


2007 revival

On 26 October 2006 UKTV announced that they were to revive Jim'll Fix It with a new series provisionally called Jim'll Fix It: Now and Then.[1] October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 66 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... UKTV UKTV is a joint venture between the BBCs commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, and Virgin Media owned Virgin Media Television, formally Flextech Television. ...


This new series, which sees the return of Sir Jim (complete with customary jewellery, garish tracksuits and big red chair), began on April 5, 2007 on UKTV Gold and was actually titled Jim'll Fix It Strikes Again. The series set out to show classic moments from the original shows, 're-fix' it for some of the original participants, and make dreams come true for a number of new people. April 5 is the 95th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (96th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... UKTV Gold, (previously known as UK Gold until March 8, 2004), is a British television channel, launched on November 1, 1992, currently available on Sky satellite, cable, and terrestrial subscription via Top Up TV. It is not available on standard Freeview boxes, however, despite the fact that many of its...


In the first episode, which was co-presented by Mel Giedroyc, the infamous 'fix-it' was recreated whereby a group of Cub Scouts attempted to consume food and drink whilst travelling on a rollercoaster. It featured a number of the original lads — now grown men some 26 years older — who donned woggles, shorts and caps and made even more of a mess than they did back in the 80s! Go West also played in the studio. Mel Giedroyc (born June 5, 1968 in Epsom, London) is a British television presenter, actress, and writer. ...


UKTV Gold is looking for participants for a second series of Jim'll Fix It Strikes Again; be they adults who wrote to Jim the first time around and were unsuccessful, or people who want their dreams realised now. An example of the latter is the woman featured in the first episode who, inspired by watching Strictly Come Dancing, wanted to dance with pro dancer Ian Waite after having not danced for several decades. She was paired-up with Ian and actually got to dance the tango in front of the Strictly Come Dancing studio audience and panel of Judges. UKTV Gold, (previously known as UK Gold until March 8, 2004), is a British television channel, launched on November 1, 1992, currently available on Sky satellite, cable, and terrestrial subscription via Top Up TV. It is not available on standard Freeview boxes, however, despite the fact that many of its... Strictly Come Dancing is a British television show, shown on BBC One based on ballroom dancing. ... Ian Waite is a professional Latin-American dancer. ...


References

  1. ^ UKTV brings back Jim'll Fix It'

External links

  • Write to Jim for the new series of Jim'll Fix It
  • British Film Institute Screen Online
  • Generate your own Jim'll Fix It style badge
  • Jim'll Fix It replica medals

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Each lucky fixee also received a medallion token, the Jim'll Fix It Badge, inscribed 'Jim Fixed It For Me'.
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A Christmas trip to the Holy Land for a boy from a children's home was later found to have been engineered by researchers.
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