Shane Richie to host Jim'll Fix It special

Shane Richie is to host a one-off 'Jim'll Fix It' Christmas special in memory of the late Sir Jimmy Savile, who passed away last month at the age of 84

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Sir Jimmy Savile

Shane Richie is to host a one-off 'Jim'll Fix It' Christmas special.

The 'EastEnders' actor will stand in for the late Sir Jimmy Savile - who passed away last month at the age of 84 - on the BBC One tribute show, which will be given a "modern twist" and titled 'Jim'll Fix It with Shane Richie'.

Presented by the legendary DJ from 1975 to 1994, the series saw the wishes of young viewers granted, with memorable "fix its" including a group of Cub Scouts being sent to eat a packed lunch while riding a rollercoaster at Blackpool's Pleasure Beach.

Shane said: "It was compulsive television in our house and all my friends would talk about the 'fix its'.

"I even wrote in but wasn't one of the lucky ones! I'm honoured to be part of this Christmas Special and salute Sir Jimmy and fix it for a new generation."

Sir Jimmy was buried in a gold coffin in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, last month, after lying in state in his hometown of Leeds, where thousands of fans turned out to pay their respects to the TV legend.

Danny Cohen, controller of BBC One said: "I think it will be a great tribute to Jimmy to recreate his famous show as a Christmas treat for audiences."

Hopefuls who want to take part in the show should be 14-years-old and under and can apply by sending their wish to fixit@bbc.co.uk. The closing date for entries is 25 November.

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