Jimmy Clitheroe

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James Robinson Clitheroe
Born (1921-12-24)24 December 1921
Clitheroe, Lancashire, England
Died 6 June 1973(1973-06-06) (aged 51)
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Cause of death
Overdose of sleeping tablets
Nationality English
Occupation Comedian

James Robinson "Jimmy" Clitheroe (24 December 1921 – 6 June 1973) was an English comic entertainer.[1] He is best remembered for his BBC Radio programme, The Clitheroe Kid, a version of which was produced for television under the title Just Jimmy.

Life and career[edit]

Clitheroe was also where he was born, in Lancashire, England, the son of James Robert Clitheroe and Emma Pye, who married in 1918 and were weavers by trade. Jimmy was named after Emma's brother James Robinson Pye (who was born in Clitheroe in 1894 and killed in World War I),[2] and was brought up in Blacko, near Nelson. He started out in variety and theatre, but moved into films, pantomime and radio, and finally onto television with ITV during the 1960s. His long-running radio programme on the BBC, The Clitheroe Kid, which aired from 1956 to 1972, is still regularly repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

He never married, and lived with his widowed mother, latterly in Blackpool. He never grew any taller than 4 feet 3 inches, and could easily pass for an 11-year-old boy, the character he played in The Clitheroe Kid.[3] He died in 1973 from an accidental overdose of sleeping pills, on the day of his mother's funeral, aged 51.[4] His funeral was held at Carleton Crematorium, Blackpool, where for many years he was commemorated by a plaque attached to memorial tree Number 3.

Molly Sugden (Mrs Slocombe in the TV series Are You Being Served?) played Clitheroe's mother on stage and in his ITV shows.[5]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ JIMMY CLITHEROE Popular radio entertainer. The Times (London, England), Thursday, 7 June 1973; pg. 21; Issue 58802
  2. ^ "Lancashire Lantern community history - East Lancashire Regiment". Lancs-local-resources.talis.com. 1917-03-30. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  3. ^ "Jimmy Clitheroe, The Kid Himself". Jimmyclitheroe.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  4. ^ Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life Of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. pp. 412/3. ISBN 1-84854-195-3. 
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0163458/fullcredits
  6. ^ Old Mother Riley

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