Jimmy Savile, 1926-2011

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"Wow! You see? This little girl, wot I have 'ere, is just one of the millions of little bleeders who I, Mr Fix It, 'ave 'elped, you see, over my terrific career in wot is called 'the biz'."TV Cream is very sorry to learn about the passing of Jimmy ‘Sir Jim’ll’ Savile, who had been fixing things for people for years, before he sadly passed away. A true TV Cream hero, he’ll be much missed.

In 2007, we were lucky enough to chat to Jimmy, under the guise of our now-defunct sister site, Off The Telly. You can read the full thing here, but here’s a favourite bit, where Jimmy talks about the genesis of his FIX IT programme, which lay in his previous TV effort, CLUNK CLICK…

You see, if you do things on TV, and anything even remotely successful, then of course, there’s so few successful people on TV that they’ll do everybody to death. I refused two television jobs yesterday. And I refuse probably three or four a month, because I don’t work like that. So, er, initially they said to me, “Will you do something other than Top of the Pops?”. Because, some well-known faces, they’ve got three or four programmes running, you know what I mean? You lift up the toilet seat and there’s all these well-known faces saying, “Hello! How are you?” So, I was doing the “Clunk-Click” adverts and they said, “Alright, we’ll do a programme called Clunk-Click. What will it be?”. I said, “I don’t know, but we’ll do something”. And I added, “I want some of the people I know, who I bump into all over the country, to come down and I’ll talk to them on TV”.

I frightened the programe-makers to death one day. We’d have a figure who would be sitting there through the programme and talking to me – it was like a guest artiste, but it was an ordinary person. For one edition we didn’t have anyone. So, of course, I went in and said, “I can get one out of the audience”. They said, “Do me a favour, what are you talking about?”. And I swear to you, true story, I walked down into the audience, and they were going, “10, nine, eight,” and I was looking around and I saw this girl. I said, “Come here”. “Five, four,” I sat her down. “Three, two, one”. “Good evening ladies and gentlemen, it’s Clunk-Click, Bob’s your uncle … Now then [to the girl], what’s your name?” This was a girl who was very attractive, and – what was she? – she was a welder working with 700 fellas! Can you believe that? And of course, everybody just went, “Hallelujah. He scared the shit out of us, we had nobody!”.

 

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5 Responses to “Jimmy Savile, 1926-2011”

  1. Palitoy says:

    Will be sadly missed, as much for his wrongness as the things he – apparently grudgingly in a weird bipolar way – did right. Must we pry into his sexuality? Well, maybe so, if only to perhaps establish whether he was a closeted man who let a lot of good people in pop culture be hounded to the crack of doom while he did nothing. His “death came, like a thief in the night” comment about the passing of a close male companion – to Andrew Neil on his TV Hell feeding Channel 4 chat show – was almost Athenian. That Neil show, in fact, with Saville lolling at his audience, interrogator and cigar, was more revealing and better made than Theroux’s faux naif stalking.
    In any case, Jim’ll, we’ll miss you.

  2. As I’ve mentioned on another site, you can tell a man’s status in popular culture when Stuart Hall gives his half-time football report on Five Live and is then asked immediately afterwards for his eulogy on Sir Jim’ll. Another star (planet, even?) in the nostalgia TV galaxy sadly fades away.

  3. ElSonido says:

    R.I.P Jimmy, The BEST Forever!!!!!!
    1926 | 2011

  4. Applemask says:

    Oh, well.

  5. speederbike says:

    It was all lies in the end.

    His oddness was a shield for his crimes and we all fell for it, the viewers, hospitals, childrens homes and the mighty BBC couldn’t see past it, those people who turned a blind eye colluded, those who did speak out were silenced, those who wanted to appear on his shows should thank their lucky stars. If there is a hell he’s burning in it, its a shame he was never brought to justice.

    I can only hope his victims find some peace of mind at last.

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