Sir Jimmy Savile: As It Happened


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gentlemen, welcome to Top Of The Pops. Oh! He was a pop pioneer.

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about that then? And a multimillion pound charity

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fundraiser. He made us belt up in the 70s. Chunk, click, every trip.

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And fixed it for thousands of kids' dreams to come true. For 60 years,

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Jimmy Savile has been part of our lives, a great British eccentric.

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He was crazy. Now then. Is it visible to smoke while you are

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exercising? No. This is the story of Jimmy's remarkable life, As It

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Happened, now then, now then. came through the lens and grabbed

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you. A riddle wrapped inside a mystery, inside a gold lame

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tracksuit! Here is Sir Jimmy filmed enjoying

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one of his favourite past times, just a few days before he died.

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have gotten to be nearly 100 right now, with nothing really basically

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wrong with me at all, apart from being a bit odd. But I have been a

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bit odd all my life. Good evening ladies and gentlemen, welcome to

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Top Of The Pops. # For goodness sake

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Jim burst on to our screens and into our lives in the 60s, as the

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first-ever host of Top Of The Pops. I will tell you what we will do now

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ladies and gentlemen. Top Of The Pops to everybody.

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Wednesday January 1th 1964, Saturday evening, live, first band,

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The Rolling Stones. We might have been watching in

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black and white, but his flamboyant and colourful character shone right

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through. The programme and Jimmy were a

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smash hit, and soon he was as famous as the big-name acts he

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introduced. How about Mr Cliff Richard. The Rolling Stones. The

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one and only Lulu. # Some people live within the world,

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# Some people live without it Of The Pops was unbelievable, not

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only were you in the charts, but you were heating and hanging out

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with everybody else in the charts. Jimmy was a huge part of that.

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One of those mad nights tonight, ladies and gentlemen. I have been

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in the music business for 40 years, I have worked with some quite

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challenging people, van Morrison, Shane McKeown, and others, there

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was no-one like Savile, he was a complete creation of his own,

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unique. I think Jimmy enjoyed the attention from the crowd, the way

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all the young bands Z he felt like he was the same, you know, and he

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was pretty famous, he was huge. knee everybody, he toured up with

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the Rolling Stones, The Beatle, all these types of people.

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Fortune soon followed fame, but Jimmy as millionaire lifestyle was

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a long way from his humble beginnings.

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James Wilson Vincent Savile, was born in Leeds on the 3 1sf October,

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1926, and grew up here -- 31st October 1926, and grew up here in

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Woodhouse, a stone's throw from the city centre. He was the youngest of

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seven children, of Vince Savile, a bookmaker's clerk, and his wife,

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Agnes. He survived a bout of childhood pneumonia, and life for

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the young Jimmy, growing up in 1920s Leeds was certainly hard. As

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he often recalled, to his best mate, Howard Silverman. We grew up in

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Consort Terrace, he was the youngest of seven. He always used

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to tell me that his nickname was Mr Hand -Down, he was the last to be

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handed down clothes from the eldest kids. They had nothing, really.

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Times were about to get tougher. The outbreak of the Second World

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War saw a teenage Jimmy sent down the coal mine, rather than called

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up to the frontline. Even in those days he was quite an extrovert lad.

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He went down the hole thinking he knew it all, and he was going to be

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fine. He said to me afterwards, he got into this black hole, and

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wondered what on earth had he let himself in for. It was while down

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the pit that Jimmy suffered a serious injury. They had a roof

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fall in, part of it fell on him and injured his spine. He spent the

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next three years or so walking round on crutches. As he recovered

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from his injuries, Jimmy stumbled into the music business.

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History has it that I was the very, very first, in the whole world, to

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run a dance to records. When Jimmy Savile started getting involved in

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clubs, people went to clubs to listen to live music, and Jimmy

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Savile changed that. His vision was that people would go to clubs and

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listen to prerecorded music, what he called disc-only nights,

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listening to DJs. Jimmy's first Dis-o night, took

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part in this building, then the Loyal Order of Shepherds Hall in

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Leeds. Rock'n'roll had ray riefd, and armed with a borrowed record --

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arrived, and armed with a few rowed record players, Jimmy had arrived.

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I thought it was marvellous that you could put a record on and this

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band came out of the sound. I got cards and wrote "grand record dance,

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1s" and lo and behold I sold 12 wickets.

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From humble beginnings, the injured miner, turned music impresario, was

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soon managing some of Britain's biggest dance halls. What Jimmy was

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table to do was he was able to key into that new generation at the end

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of the 50s, who wanted something flamboyant, who wanted a bit of

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rock'n'roll. He understood that generation probably better than

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anyone else working in clubland in Britain.

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My places were packed, packed. A guy walked in last night and said

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he had never seen records played like that before, and would you

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like a job on radio Luxembourg, I said, why not. I got a telegram,

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your Radio Luxembourg programme starts next Thursday.

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Radio Luxembourg, your station of the stars. It was Jimmy's big break,

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he spent the next decade spinning discs and hanging out with

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rock'n'roll's biggest stars. That only continued when TV came

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knocking at Jimmy's door. Good evening ladies and gentlemen,

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welcome to Top Of The Pops. Hosting Top Of The Pops had made him a

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household name, wum the 70s, his public perzone -- come the 1970s

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his public persona would be as flamboyant as those worn by the

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bands. Those who appeared in the show alongside never forgot the

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experience. He brought colour, excitement, he was a flamboyant

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personality. He was just wonderful, in fact, that is what Top Of The

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Pops was all about, it was all about this wonder cornucopia of

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colours. And Jimmy was the centre piece. See you again, too much, too

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much. I think in those days anything went,

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and it was such a Greg gairous time. Everybody thought of him as a one-

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off. What should we have now, should we have the number 1, Elton

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John, Kiki Dee Don't Go Breaking My Heart. I so wanted to be on Top Of

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The Pops, and eventually I got on there. # Don't go breaking my

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heart? # I couldn't if I tried. Jimmy, I met him, he was a very

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professional host, and full of life, and excitement, and great performer,

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actually, great showman. Top Of The Pops had provided Jim with a

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platform, now the whole world was his stage. Savile could be utterly

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outrageous, because he didn't give a toss.

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There's nothing he liked more than making a fashion statement. Jimmy

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Savile was a total eccentric. was a psycadelic experience! That

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is what I would say about Jimmy. Psycadelic, in Yorkshire, we have

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had psycadelic sheep for years. How about that then?

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You look at him and you would go, what? What is this? You could say

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he was the first glam rocker. had a Jaguar, and the upholstery

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was zeb bra skin, he wrote to Jaguar for some material to make a

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jacket out of it. My outfit and delivery suited the people who

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themselves were discovering themselves. There was one

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particular look he would make his own. Yes indeed. I'm trying to

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think of a time when I didn't see Jim in tracksuit? It is not easy.

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It was extraordinary seeing this man in the 70s, on television, in a

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tracksuit. He broke all the rules. He just got into that comfort thing,

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it was easy, taky and bad taste, but it created his own image.

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did, however, manage to smarten up to receive an OBE. REPORTER: How do

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you feel about the medal? Fantastic. Can you see my heart beating.

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Buckingham Palace was a different world from where Jimmy came from,

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but he would never forget his roots. Jimmy's home would always be in

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Leeds. Although a Penthouse had now replaced the humble terrace. Inside,

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Jimmy surrounded himself with souvenirs from his life. There are

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the wrestling posters from early semi-professional bouts, and the

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racing bike he completed the 1951 Race of Britain on. But it is the

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walls that reveal the true extent of Jimmy's fame. From pictures with

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The King. The Princess. Even the Pope.

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Jimmy's relationship with the Royal Family, most notably, Prince

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Charles, was more than passing acquaintance.

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I once picked up a phone fall, and Jimmy was in one of the other rooms,

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and he said to me, answer the phone for me, would you. I picked it up,

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and the voice on the other end of the phone, "could I speak to Sir

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Jimmy, please". It suddenly dawned on me I was speaking to Prince

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Charles. You finished the marathon with

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Jimmy and quarter of an hour later you were at Buckingham Palace

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having tea. It wasn't case of getting changed, it was in your

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shorts and still weighting with your medal. Not many people do that.

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The working-class lad from Leeds ended up becoming a firm favourite

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of the establishment. You can knock on the door.

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Hello, welcome. Come in. I remember turning to Prince Andrew and going,

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"right, boss". I thought it was great. I bet he was with members of

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the Royal Family and Prince Charles, to whom he was close, and Mrs

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Thatcher, I think it was a little window into Jimmy's world. He would

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probably say that to the Queen. Alongside Top Of The Pops, another

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prime time hit show would cement Jimmy's status as a TV legend.

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Good evening ladies and gentlemen, welcome indeed to Jim Will Fix It.

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Jim Will Fix It was just a superb programme for Jim, for you know,

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the kids that came on there and everything.

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I used to watch Jim Will Fix It every Saturday, I used to love T I

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wrote, I asked him if I could meet the Leeds United team of the early

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70s, my absolute heros, I heard nothing. I don't hold it against

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him. We got a letter from the 2nd St Mary's Cub Scouts, how about a

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new place to eat our lunch, they said. Are you sure you want to eat

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The show received over 20,000 letters a week, from kids hoping

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Jim could fix it for them. From stock sport, "dear Jim can you

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fix it for me to drive a 125 high- speed train, I'm six, Robert ." I

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wrote a letter, and in my best handwriting, and sent it off to the

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producers. A lot of my friends wrote off as well. It was amazing

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to get a response, once to say thank you for the letter, and when

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to say, come and do it. I was so excited, it was untrue. What we did,

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we sorted it out, just like this. First, Jim fixed for Rob to travel

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back in time to the golden era of steam. It brings back a few

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memories standing up here, I remember shuffling coal into the

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fire box. Then he experienced the age of the train, on an Inter City

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125. I was only six, it was the best thing in the world, I couldn't

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believe it was happening to me. Thank you. For Rob, just as

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exciting was his chance to meet Jimmy. Was it good? Yes, very much.

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Smashing? Yes. I was massively awe struck, I had

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seen him a lot of times on Jim Will Fix It and Top Of The Pops, to meet

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him in real life, I was ready to faint. It was just amazing. We have

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had a special high-speed Jim Will Fix It badge, will you fix that on

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his high-speed head now, everything he has to do is high-speed, he has

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to have his breakfast at high-speed, and his dinner at high-speed, and a

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high-speed Jim Will Fix It badge. Look at that.

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There you go, Jim Fixed It For Me. It has pride of place at home,

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thousands of kids wanted this, and I'm the lucky person who has one.

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Jim Will Fix It went for almost 20 years and made the dreams of almost

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1300 kids come true. But these luck yie youngs -- lucky

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youngsters weren't the only people to benefit thanks to Jimmy. Always

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the formidable amateur athlete, from cycling races, to over 100

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wrestling bouts. Do you do wrestling in this part of the

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country? If you have half an hour I can show you. I'm busy but do you

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have any. Jim was soon to become synonymous with sponsored marathon

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running. He realised he could exploit his popularity with the

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press and public to help raise millions for good causes. I think

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Jimmy was a pioneer in many ways, for me he was the first non-running

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celebrity to seem to be interested in running events. Ladies and

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gentlemen, the London Marathon, a very serious and spectacular event.

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He was really ahead of his time in that sense. Now so many celebrities

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want to run the London Marathon, the Great North Run, et cetera,

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they have followed in his footsteps, and the millions raised for charity.

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People shouldn't forget, that he had a massive role to play in

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what's now become very common practice.

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A The man who calls finshes this race, is Jimmy Savile, running

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today his 156th half marathon or marathon. Everything was a joy, you

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hated everyone, because it was a love-hate relationship, when you

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cross the line, you think, terrible, when's the next one! Amazingly Sir

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Jim ran more than 200 marathons and helped raise a staggering �45

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million for various charities. Including raising �20 million to

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rebuild Stoke Mandeville's Spinal Injuries Unit, a cause close to his

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heart following his war time mining accident. He even got a couple of

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pals to open it. I didn't like to ask you, because you're always here

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and you do such a lot for us. didn't know how to ask me, I'm very

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hurt now. Jimmy knew that giving his personal time was just as

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important as donating cash. For over 20 years he worked with

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patients at Broadmoor Secure Hospital. Despite his celebrity, it

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wasn't unusual to see Jimmy working as an unpaid hospital porter at

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Leeds infirmary. He was very proud of the fact that he was the only

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porter at the infirmary driving a Rolls-Royce. I said you may be the

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only one driving a roller, but don't par park it in the

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consultant's car park! Jimmy was the real deal. Five minutes in a

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hospital is ag imm-- gimmick, five years not a gimmick.

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He gave back, and I think he got pleasure from giving back. He had

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this tremendous gift of making people feel good. I watched

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people's faces light up as soon as he was around them. That's a memory

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that I will never forget, and never lose. Hello ladies and gentlemen,

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welcome to Top Of The Pops, here we go with the charts and music of

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Leon Hayward. Throughout the 80s and 90s, Jimmy remained a familiar

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face on our screens. Welcome to the Christmas Top Of The Pops.

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signature voice on national radio. The day I joined Radio 1, in 1987,

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I spent a couple of hours with him doing a photocall, I was completely

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overawed, this was Jimmy Savile. Thinking about it now it was

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terrifying, but wonderful. He was very friendly, very accommodating,

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very Jim. He took me to one side, and he said, this is when I kind of

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got a little bit of the real Jim, he took me to one side and he went,

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young man, you have just obtained the keys to open the Bank of

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England. I thought well that's quite interesting.

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Jimmy was evolving into a true national treasure sure. He appeared

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on the most popular chat shows. Give us a touch of your knee!

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us inexpensive train travel. Away day is an offpeak ticket. And found

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himself back at Buckingham Palace to add a Knighthood to the OBE.

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is mine, I'm telling you, tell him, it's mine.

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And of course, he continued to be, one of Britain's most impersonated

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celebrities. How about that then, if you please.

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So it's James, is it? Jimmy, Mr Savile, OBE, call it what you like.

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What do you do? I used to be on television, young lady. His voice

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was so recoginsable, any impressionist knew if they did

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Jimmy people would know t he was so warm, people would like to hear the

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voice done. To do Jimmy Saville, you have to get the Leeds accent,

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then the phrases, now then, Goodness Gracious Me, love,ly,

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lovely, jewellery, lots of hesitation, lots of stucato rhythm,

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then very wide mouth, then at the end, a lovely little look down the

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camera, how's that. I have been off these good people's screens now for

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long enough, to become interesting again, haven't I. People watch Huw

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Edwards reading the news and they don't know him. But Jimmy came

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through the lens and grabbed you. Goodness gracious. Ladies and

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gentlemen, good morning, Top Of The Pops to one and all. While his

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public persona was there for all to see, a documentary by Louis Theroux,

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attempted to discover if there was another side to Jim.

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Is Jimmy there, please? Is that the Spice Girls? Yes it is. Go away.

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When Louis Met Jimmy, they are they are tried to get behind Jimmy's

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flamboyant facade. How are you feeling? Regularly, how are you.

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I'm like a butcher's dog, as it happens. The resulting film seemed

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to suggest Jimmy was complex, lonely and fixated with his late

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mother. When I come in, I always go, all right darling. Which is a

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greeting as I walk past the door. It is a friendly thing, it is not

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morbid or anything like that. It is totally friendly. He was close to

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his mum, basically because he loved his mum. He kept a lot of her

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things. All this gear was gear she wore. Instead of slinging it away,

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I thought I would hang on to it, these are better souvenirs than

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photographs. He was just devoted to his mother, and devastated when she

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died. Again, they all seemed to try to make this big thing about the

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fact that he had never thrown away his mum's clothes and stuff. But we

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all keep photographs of our mums and dads who have died, and

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pictures and Mel memorabilia, what was the difference, he could afford

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it. He just left it as it was. have you said in interviews you

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don't have emotions? Because it is easier. The truth is, I'm very good

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at masking them. I have often heard people say that

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no-one really knew the real Jimmy. That is not true. Jimmy allowed

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people he wanted to get to know him, to get to know him. He was

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eccentric, everybody knows he was eccentric, of course he was. But he

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wasn't a loner. He was just an ordinary guy. All I hope is, maybe,

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some young person somewhere sees all this and says, hey, I thought I

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had no chance, but if Jim did it, can I do it. Makes it well

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worthwhile then. Maybe it's a bit too yuky for them! Even at 80 years

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old, Jimmy continued to light up our TV screens. Hello, and welcome

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to the very last Top Of The Pops. Closing the show, that he opened 42

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years earlier, and that made him a household name. Don't forget, it is

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number one, it is still Top Of The Pops.

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Who else could they possibly choose to switch off the lights at the BBC

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Top Of The Pops studios, it had to be Jimmy.

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For six decades, Sir Jimmy Savile was part of the fabric of British

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life. He was about the brightest thread that there was. Wow, there's

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someone who has really lived. Had really the best time he could

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probably have, and you can't really ask for more than that. He was a

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complete one-off. There was really nobody like him, never had been,

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and never will be again, really. He literally lit up a room when he

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came into it. That was him, that was Jimmy, that was the real person.

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Now, Sir Jimmy has gone. But undoubtedly his legend will live on.

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Yes indeed. Now then, now then guys and girls

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as it happens. Now then, now then, now then. As it happens, as it

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happens. How's about that. That is like right good. Now then, now then,

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how's about that then? Time to go now, it is a happens.

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