Jimmy would not stand for his mother being mocked, even if it were only his fictional mother on the radio. But Jimmy was very careful about this as Higginbottom had a hair-trigger temper. Alfie is endlessly mocked also; he often counters with “I’ll thump you! The Times Thursday, 7 June ; pg. Real children never appeared in the show, as this would have given away the fact that Jimmy was an adult acting a part; so he talked of his pal Ozzie and his friends in the “Black Hand Gang” who would punish any member caught in the company of a girl , but they never actually spoke. The Men from the Ministry. Clitheroe was too small to work in the weaving sheds with his parents as he could not reach the looms  so at first he worked in a bakery in Nelson on leaving school, but before long started out on the stage, touring the variety theatres in Yorkshire and Lancashire from
Sixteen series were produced totaling episodes in all. For more then 16 years Diana made the weekly journey from her home in Hereford to Manchester for the recording of The Clitheroe Kid. Retrieved from ” https: In real life his father had died and he lived with his widowed mother, and was devoted to her. The pilot show, pilot series, and 16 subsequent series totalled episodes in all, broadcast between April and 13 August After the end credits, Jimmy usually spoke a short piece to the audience, tying up loose ends in the plot and frequently reporting that grandad had spanked him for the trouble he had caused. His father died in January As for Danny Ross, for reasons I cannot explain, for all the Post I have put onto this Filmsofthefifties site, the one with him gets more hits than any other.
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He was found unconscious on the morning of her funeral and died later the same day. Misunderstandings were the essence of the character-driven plots.
Clitheroe was too small to work in the weaving sheds with his parents as he could not reach the looms  so at first he worked in a bakery in Nelson on leaving school, but before long started out on the stage, touring the variety theatres in Yorkshire and Lancashire from She explained Sally would chauffeur Jimmy around because he got so fed up being stopped by police.
Jimmy Clitheroe was nimmy when he started playing the part on radio, inbut in the variety theatres and, later, on television he could pass as an year-old boy because he had never grown physically beyond that age, although in later years his face gave his real age away.
Danny unfortunately had suffered with heart problems during his short life. James CaseyFrank Roscoe. Both Danny and Jimmy were cremated and their ashes scattered at Carlton Cemetery, Blackpool — again close to one another. On 30 March Clitheroe collapsed in his hotel room in Plymouth and spent four days in hospital.
Two football mad railway workers get into trouble after racing their engine home to get to a football match in time. After the end credits, a short piece by Jimmy was usually inserted where he winds-up the show, tying up any loose ends in the plot and often reporting that Grandad had spanked him for what he had done.
Jimmy’s character frequently listened at keyholes, where he misheard or misunderstood the situation. Retrieved from ” https: Alfie is endlessly mocked also; he often counters with “I’ll thump you! Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
The radio show was made with a studio audience, and there were frequent gales of laughter at Jimmy’s schoolboy humour, as well as at Alfie Hall’s physical comedy and his mangling of the English language as he tried to explain something and made it worse.
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When Jimmy discovers the trick, he turns the tables on her by selling the kitten at a profit to a man at the newspaper, who then turns up at home to demand the reward she has offered. An inquest found that his death was due to an accidental overdose of sleeping pills. As for Danny Ross, for reasons I cannot explain, for all the Post I have put onto this Filmsofthefifties site, the one with him gets more hits than any other.
In real life his father had died and he lived with his widowed mother, and was devoted to her. In Clitheroe took part in the royal command variety show and he also starred in the television series Holiday Hotel. cxst
Even when he tried to do good, as when he thought grandad had stolen money from a local shop which grandad had actually been given to look afterhe usually messed things up with the help of Alfie Hall.
The humour could seem sharp, and if read in the cold light of day might occasionally seem harsh, but this was because it was supposed to be the humour of a schoolboy. Jimmy Clitheroe died on 6 June from an accidental overdose of sleeping pills and after having seven brandies, on the day of his mother’s funeral. Retrieved 4 July He was born at his maternal grandparents’ house.
The Times Thursday, 7 June ; pg. Your email address will not be published. What do you think? Real children never appeared in the show, as this would have given away the fact that Jimmy was an adult acting a part; so he talked of his pal Ozzie and his friends in the “Black Hand Gang” who would punish any member caught in the company of a girlbut they never actually spoke. Subscribe in a rss.
An only child, he was named after his mother’s brother, James Robinson Pye, who had been born in Clitheroe in and was killed in action in the First World War.
The audience accepted this and roared with laughter at it. Views Read Edit View history. Within days the family moved to Blackonear Nelson living at 14 Spout Houses, a row of terrace houses below Blacko Tower. Danny Ross was born in Oldham, Lancashire, England in Clitheroe’s small size was caused by his thyroid gland being damaged at birth during a forceps delivery and, until later life,  he could easily pass for an year-old, which was the character he played on stage, in his early films and on radio in The Clitheroe Kid.
Two football-mad railway engine drivers are desperate to get back in time to see a football match. The BBC has mainly preserved the series as recordings held on vinyl discs, made for overseas sale by their commercial arm, BBC Enterprises now known as BBC Worldwidesold mainly to Commonwealth radio stations overseas. But Jimmy is careful about this, because Higginbottom has a hair-trigger temper.
His catchphrase was “Don’t some mothers ‘ave ’em! The Clitheroe Kid was a BBC radio comedy show featuring diminutive Northern comedian Jimmy Clitheroe in the role of a cheeky schoolboy, who lived with his family at 33 Lilac Avenue in an unnamed town in the North of England.