Plans for Jim’ll Fix It to return

THE BBC has “fixed it” for the late Sir Jimmy Savile’s Jim’ll Fix It to return for a one-off Christmas special.

BBC1 will screen a half-hour edition of the show – in which the flamboyant star made young viewers’ dreams come true – with Shane Richie stepping in as host.

The programme will be screened as part of the Christmas line-up.

Scarborough businessman Malcolm Stephenson, who was a good friend of Sir Jim for nearly 50 years, said: “I was very pleased to hear they’re bringing the show back for Christmas.

“I think it will be watched by a great many people and bring back a lot of memories for those who enjoyed it first time around.”

Sir Jimmy died earlier this month - just two days before his 85th birthday - and is now buried in Scarborough’s Woodlands Cemetery.

The former Radio 1 DJ was one of TV’s most popular stars thanks to his “fix-its” on the Saturday evening show, broadcast between 1975 and 1994.

The new programme will even feature the original theme tune, but with a “modern twist”.

BBC1 controller Danny Cohen, said: “I think it will be a great tribute to Jimmy to re-create his famous show as a Christmas treat for audiences.”

EastEnders star Richie, added: “I’m honoured to be part of this Christmas special and salute Sir Jimmy and fix it for a new generation.”

Some of the famous “fix its” include the group of cub scouts who were sent to eat a packed lunch on a rollercoaster at Pleasure Beach Blackpool, and the young viewer who played drums with Adam and the Ants for a performance of their track Kings Of The Wild Frontier. In 2007, the show was revived by broadcaster UKTV Gold and revisited some of the moments from past series, including the grown-up former scouts.

Under 14s can apply to take part in the show by sending their wish to fixit@bbc.co.uk before November 25.