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Have been in an edit suite...

Chris Evans | 14:25 UK time, Thursday, 10 November 2011

...for most of the morning, laying down a voice track for a Jimmy Saville doc that airs tomorrow night.

It is very very good. And very much an antidote to some of the less kind things that have been suggested about this famous and much loved son of Leeds.

He really was a one off, both the first and last face to be seen on Top Of The Pops - forty years apart. Set your recorders now. 8.30pm BBC1 tomorrow night.

Peace and Love





  • Comment number 1.

    Afternoon Christoff

    Yes, agree, Jim'll was indeed a one off.

    Hello everyone else, hope you are all enjoying thirsty Thursday.

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 2.

    Hello all, I'm back in Norfolk after a trip to Weston-Super-Mare. Have been lurking & taking notice of Bingo's comments - Mr CG often does European HGV stuff, so he always drums into me the importance of 'awareness' when on the road. I cannot give enough praise to the IAM advanced driving test - everyone should do it.
    I may not drive slower now, but I sure am safer.

    So, how's the rest of you then? Lovely to see a new arrival - many congratulations to the whole family, and birthday greetings to Cathmel.

    Weather been lovely in Norfolk today, and so mild.......... may it stay that way until C (won't even mention it until December!!)

    Happy Thirstee Thursdee everyone

    CG xx

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi Chris: really looking forward to the documentary tomorrow night, thanks for letting us know. I wrote to Jim'll Fix It once, during my "I love Noel Edmonds" period in life. I tried to wrangle a trip to the studio of Swap Shop, and put forward a good case as to why I would be a help to Noel, even for just one day ... never heard a word back! Hey Ho!

    Hiya Pen!

    Hope everyone is ok.

    C xx

  • Comment number 4.

    Hello Chris.

    I'll be watching the Jimmy Saville documentary Chris. He has been a big part of my life from the early Top Of The Pops when my parents used to shout 'stop that noise' but they liked him too, it was his eccentrity, through Jim'll Fix It and the latter Top Of The Pops. Not forgetting all the other things he did. He was a good man and did so much for charity, hospitals, etc.

    I don't know why but people (especially the press) always need to look for unkind things to say about clean living people like Jimmy, Cliff, etc.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 5.

    Hello all

    I always think of Saturday nights when I think of Jimmy Saville - all those lucky people having their dream come true

    I've hopefully set a new project on the go at work today. Parking is a big issue as most of our sites were built before everyone had at least one car but I think I've found a way of putting in some more spaces! Fingers crossed for us!

    Many congratulations to Pip and her family, especially the new addition

    Happy Birthday Cath. Hope you're having a lovely day

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 6.

    Jim'll fix it was compulsory viewing when I was younger, and I got older I appreciated Jim for for eccentric English gent that he was! I don't think the younger generations (god I sound old) have anyone like that anymore - it's all bright and cheery interchangeable personalities on kids TV!


  • Comment number 7.

    Afternoon each

    Loved Jim`ll fix it when I was younger..the scouts on the roller coaster still makes me laugh even now! Will be watching doc, thanks CLP!

    The fabulous news of today about Pip and family has had me smiling all day. Have seen pic on FB and Andrew is gorgeous...of course! Sure they will all be very greatful for all the best wishes.

    Happy Birthday Cath! Hope you`ve had a lovely day with your Mum and cake! X

    Did i see a Dragon of the purple variety flying in? Hello! Did I read you may be coming back to these shores or did i imagine that?! Great to see you...and Eb too.. x

    And Flower... please keep popping back occasionally too!x

    Right, work to finish then off home to the GM who was away last night... had the best nights sleep I`ve had for ages but it will be lovely to see him!

    Have a lovely evening everyone..

    mSc x

  • Comment number 8.

    Congratulations Pip on another beautiful baby!

    Thanks for the driving info Bingo. I agree that we should all travel by train but it's so expensive. I have to travel all over the place but it's always first thing in the morning and it can cost hundreds, literally. It's cheaper to fly to somewhere like Manchester. 100% TRUE, Bingo!

    You can't knock Sir Jim in my book. He did a huge amount for the hospitals in Leeds and I think they're opening a new heart unit with the money that he's left them. Also, that boy scout eating his packed lunch on the roller coaster on Jim'll Fix It was a bloomin classic.

    Love Barmy xx

  • Comment number 9.

    Oh, great minds think alike and all that, eh Scoobs. x

  • Comment number 10.

    Indeed Barmy! The Antiques Roadshow drop the `very valuable` item was also particularly fab!

    mSc x

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi all

    I'm baaack!!! (what do you mean you hadn't noticed.....).

    I agree that Jim'll was a legend. I too grew up with Jim'll Fix It on Saturday nights - it was funny, poignant, clever, generous and required viewing. I also remember his appearances on TOTP with fondness.

    Happy Birthday Cathmel

    Congratulations Pip, Mr Pip and Andrew (not forgetting Andrew's older brother of course).

    Does anybody know how to start a new message thread on FB? I want to send a message but I don't want the previous messages to that person to be associated with it. yet another irritation with the new FB format....... grrrrrrrrr.

    I am on CIN countdown - only 7 more sleeps till I go to London.


    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 12.

    Just popping in to wish the lovely Cathmel a Happy Birthday!!

    And congratulations to Pip, MrPip and welcome to baby Andrew x

    Will hopefully pop back later

    JG x

  • Comment number 13.

    Greetings CLP & ALL...

    CLP - Yes Sir Jimmy Saville was a great man!!!!!!!

    One of my favourite celebs from any early age.... In fact a think 'e did play a samll part in the slight comedian streak a ave in me!!!!!!
    A loved watching 'is Jim'll Fix It Show!!!!!!
    Although a was too shy ter right in!!!!!
    My dream that a would ave wanted Jim ter fix for me was ter ride in the cab of a 'igh speed train/ and or drive it.... And a noticed 'e did actually fix it for another boy ter do just this!!!!!!

    Jimmy Saville was like an eccentric grandad that yer would lidten ter every word 'e said on Jim'll Fix It!!!!!
    With 'is big arm chair complete with electric doors on eitherside.... A pess of a button and out would come a cigar.... And a letter.... then it was "now then, now then!!!!!!" and we would intently all listen ter what the letter read!!!!!!!!
    'e was almost like Santa without the red suit & white beard!!!!!!!!

    And as for Top Of The Pops.... 'e was my favourite on that show as 'is comedic delivery & loud track suits.... All very funny ter watch!!!!!!!

    A remember the Superman suit 'e wore about ten years back..... Thay suit was made out of the VERY same Superman curtains I 'ad in my bedroom for over 10 years of my childhood.... Many a time I lay in bed looking at the action pattern on me Superman curtains.... And then years later outy steps Sir Jimmy wearing me curtains!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And that fact 'e ran over a 'undred marathons & raised something like 40 million quid for charity.... This man was the exact opposite of a politician!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    'e was also a church going man.... something a feel strongly about does seem ter instill a goodness in people!!!!!!!!

    It's very sad ter think there could not be another Jimmy terdee.... Imagine all the PC brigade going mad over a man smoking on children's tv!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I loved Jimmy as a kid.... Butta a never started smoking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A for one will be tuned in 20.30 termozza CLP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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  • Comment number 15.

    PS WHATTA COINCIDENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sir Jimmy Savuille got involved in road safety and promoting rail travel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Just whatta was wreeting about before!!!!!!! 'onestly a was all!!!!!!

  • Comment number 16.

    Hello everyone,

    Congratulations PiP, Mr Pip and Master PiP on the safe arrival of baby PiP. Sending love and best wishes to you all. xx

    Also Happy birthday to Cathmel, hope you have had a lovely day. x

    Agree with the comments re Jim'll fix it, esp the scouts on the roller coaster, fantastic!

    I am getting excited now about CiN, I don't know how I'm going to be able to sit still till then! Woop woop!

    Ta ta for now, Lin x

  • Comment number 17.

    Evening all,

    just popping in to add my congratulationd to the Pip family and to Say to Baby Andrew ,welcome to the world . A good strong solid name.

    And also to wish Cath a Happy birthday ,and hope it's been a good one for you .xxx.

    Chris ,yes thanks for letting us know about the doc,will watch it.

    flower ,great news for you too,weel deserved :))

    MTD ,welcome back,hope that you had a good one ,and yes ,I've missed you ,and your scrable mate over t'other side was getting a bit worried about you as they didn't know you one on your holibobs.
    hope to hear all about it.

    hope all of you are AOK.


  • Comment number 18.

    Back again....

    Cathmel - 'APPY BIRTHDEE GREETINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    'ope you 'ave a nice day!!!!!!!!!!!

    CountryGirlie - That's one thing alot misunderstand about the advanced drving test, most think it's about driving very slow & too carefully like an old fuddy duddy!!!!!!

    It's not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It's actually about driving to the maximum speed allowed and the safest speed allowed coupled with mechanical sympathy and fuel efficency - know what am sayin'!!!!!!!!
    The IAM test actually is similar ter the police drivers test!!!!!!!
    But ithout the blue lights bit!!!!!!

    Obamarama - 100% TRUE INDEED... Flying is cheaper... now that is crazy!!!!!!!!!!!

    A remember somebody, a think it was an MP, was saying recently that travelling by train has become a rich persons past time!!!!!!!
    A agree travelling from Manchester or Liverpool to London in the morning peak hours.... It full of business people and 'igh income earners as it costs a couple of 'undred pounds if yer buy yer ticket on the day first class!!!!!!
    The railway use the excuse that peak trains are busy so they are trying ter reduce over crowding by raising the fares at these times!!!!!!!
    A agree ter a point but there seems ter be a lot of companies don't seem ter mind paying for their employees ter cliam MEGA travel expenses!!!!!!
    And 70 quid return second whooops no offence mean't (standard class) (they changed the name ter standard so as ter be PC and not cause offence)... (What does cause offence ter me is the 'igh prices unless yer book 3 months in advance for the EXACT time & date of travel!!!!!)
    A go standard class as am notta second class citizen am a standard class type of dude!!!!!!! Tarr!!!!!!

    What a was writing before about they should make rail travel cheaper for all and not a sort of class system!!!!!!!
    And ter help give people a better choice ter not 'ave ter use their cars!!!!!!


  • Comment number 19.

    A quick Hellooooo.

    Country Girlie, I could have met up with you today in WSM. Hope your trip was successful.

    Bids, have you been driving around London recently? Yikes!! ;)

    I have passed the site of the dreadful accident, several times this week, a lot of floral tributes on the motorway bridge just beyond. Terribly sad, to think of such a loss of lives. Apparently there have been a lot of donations from people. Something that I think that the decent people of this country are good at.

    We have finally had a dry day here in Somerset and the moon....?

    The most incredibly bright moon tonight, its lighting up the whole of the bay. Still very mild too, no need for long sleeves yet.

    Happy Birthday to Cathmel.

    Now going to look for the Baby Pip pics.....


  • Comment number 20.


    Scoobs, there are a few of us, trying to find fb pics?


  • Comment number 21.

    Hi MTF (and everybody else) - me too

    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 22.

    Glad it's not just me who can't find them. Many congrats to the PiPs xxx

    Night all {{x}}

  • Comment number 23.

    All good things.. :)


  • Comment number 24.

    Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew?


  • Comment number 25.

    " They shall grow old not, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sunand in the morning .
    We will remember them "


  • Comment number 26.

    Hi everyone:

    Bids: that's a lovely tribute, thank you for that. I am wearing my Poppy today with great pride, and even have managed to convey to my daughter the importance of wearing a Poppy today, of all days.

    I don't have anything much to report, just want to say hello.

    Gail: just to say, I was up really early this morning and heard the last hour of Vanessa's show - I was thinking of you because I know you listen to her while doing all your chores, before heading off to work. I must say, I thought she was terrific - sharp as a tack and brilliantly wide awake!

    Hope everyone has a good day - I love Fridays!

    C xx

  • Comment number 27.

    Good morning everyone,

    I am wearing my poppy with pride today as well and myself and my colleague will observe the 2 minute silence.

    What a moon that was last night and this morning, absolutely stunning!

    Chrissie - Yes, you're right about Vanessa, she is very good in the mornings, I always enjoy the "wake up with you" slot.

    Have a good day everyone and a great weekend.



  • Comment number 28.

    Morning All,

    A bit foggy here today, lets hope the sun is shining behind the clouds.

    Gail, totally agree about the moon, the last two nights it has been stunning. I look at the moon every night out of my bedroom window before I go to sleep, may be I'm just checking it's still there. Wherever I am in the world I know that my family are looking at the same moon and it makes me feel safe and loved, soppy old fool that I am! xx

    We will observe the silence in our office too.

    Hi, Chrissie, Bids and MTF xx


  • Comment number 29.

    Morning All,

    A very rare day in the office allows me to join you fine fellows today.

    Chris, I tweeted something very similar about Sir Jimmy.
    People have always alluded to 'stuff' but I've never heard a single accusation.
    Surely it's time to put up or shut up, so that the great work he did throughout the whole of his life can be celebrated without this sniping.
    Living around the corner from Stoke Mandeville Hospital and having been there for the birth of my two children. You can see and feel all of the work he did as you wander around it. He was a good man.

    Speaking of babies; congratulations to Pip and her family. Wonderful news x

    See you later



  • Comment number 30.

    Morning all

    Agree, stunning moon last night. It shines through the little gap we have to have in the curtains in the bedroom. Don't ask!

    Dreary day here, but very mild.

    We will remember them.

    Pen x

  • Comment number 31.

    Good Morning everyone.

    Pen, you know, that when you put 'dont ask' that someone is just going to have to ;)


  • Comment number 32.

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  • Comment number 33.


    AliB: what a wonderful thought that we are all looking at the same moon - I know that I did know that before (!) but seeing you say it, it just seemed so lovely. xx

    Rips: a very rare treat to see you on the blog during the day - and very nice it is too! I agree about Sir Jimmy - he was an absolute diamond.

    MTF: yes, I agree, let's ask Pen what she means!

    Just me and one boss in the office today ,and we both held the 2 minute silence. I was so grateful that the phone didn't ring, so perhaps our clients were observing it too.

    C xx

  • Comment number 34.

    Mornin' all.

    Well, I'm wearing my poppy today and just before 11am I found what I thought was a quiet place on campus where I could observe the two minute silence. Unfortunately, the 40 or so students and tutors who trundled past, chattering and laughing, didn't have the same thought. I was SO cross and bellowed "SHHHHHHHHH" at them!! Happily it had the desired effect, and I managed at least one quiet minute ......... I'm going to suggest to the powers that be that next year they ring the fire alarm just before 11am and again two minutes later - no-one will be able to ignore that, surely?

    I too watched the beautiful moon last night from the beach (briefly!) ... it was stunning.

    Have a good weekend one and all and stay safe.

    Jillygoat xx

  • Comment number 35.

    Many of us moon gazing last night - lovely thought from AliB! It was stunning!
    Happy days blogger friends....
    Daisy xxxx

  • Comment number 36.

    Good for you Jillygoat. I'd have been furious as well. I was waiting to go into court for a quick hearing at 11am and we had two minutes' silence. Everyone stood, and everyone stayed quiet. I always find it very moving.

    How fabulous was Sir Bruce this morning? I really loved the parts of the show that I heard. I was with my sister last Saturday and we were remembering that she sent a funny looking carrot into the Generation Game once - Bruce showed it and read out her letter. The carrot had two skinny 'legs' and my sister said how it reminded her of Bruce in tights when he dressed up for the show at the end. Anyway, as we were working out that this was thirty-five years ago, Bruce came on the telly presenting Strictly. What a career.

    Barmy xx

  • Comment number 37.

    Hi Chrissie - A "treat"? I'm not sure about that but thanks anyway ;0)

    How's you?



  • Comment number 38.

    Gail: isn't that just dreadful? Unfortunately some people are completely oblivious to it all - it is beyond me, really. But I am glad you managed to observe the silence on your own.

    Jillygoat: well done to you, too. I think that's an excellent idea about the bell ringing, then there would be no excuse that they "didn't know the time". Nice to see you - you must be getting so excited about CiN! xx

    I did mean to say earlier, to mtd: welcome back! Hope you had a lovely holiday. xx

  • Comment number 39.

    Hello Everyone.

    I agree the moon was stunning last night.

    Pen-I don't have to ask about the gap in the curtains. I used to open my bedroom curtains after putting out the light until they went and built apartments opposite surrounded by night lighting. It lights up my room so now I leave a small gap. I can no longer look at the moon:(

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 40.


    We observed the silence in our office; unfortunately the bloke in the office next door to us, who isn't of English decent didn't he was chatting away on his phone.....grrrr. We also heard two loud bangs from the local Fort at the beginning and end of the two minutes, that was quite moving.

    Rips, It is a treat to read you, although you do keep me amused on Twitter with your observations! :)

    I forgot about Chris's original blog on Sir Jimmy. I too loved Jim'll fix it and when Chris played the theme tune the other morning I found that I remembered all the words. He truly was a Legend.

    Nearly lunchtime...phew.

    I'm off out to dinner tonight to help my friend celebrate her 70th Birthday. A joint friend of ours is cooking, and she is a fa-u-lous cook - can't wait.


  • Comment number 41.

    Rips: au contraire! It is indeed a treat to see you, and I think I am not alone in saying we miss you here. It's always lovely to see you, and returning bloggers from time to time. Life is so busy, I know, it's just not always possible to get on the blog. xx

    Thank you, I am really well. Could complain about the odd thing or two, but at the moment I would say my glass if half-full (I learned that from the lovely AliB!).

    Maddy: what a shame about the apartments blocking your view - "progress" is the pits at times!

    C xx

  • Comment number 42.

    Chrissie and MTF, anyone else please feel free to scroll down!

    I cannot sleep unless the window is open, even in the midst of winter, I just get all bunged up. To benefit from this I also have an ickle break in the curtains, in order to get some air. Mr PF, on the other hand, doesn’t always agree, especially if it’s really cold outside, and I might add, he does sleep the window side. His answer to this is we swop sides. Simple you might think, but no, it’s not, as I can only sleep on his left. And so it goes on, but thankfully he is very understanding.

    You did ask, hahahaha

    Marji, what a b****r. We are fortunate to have a field outside our window, god forbid if they build on it!

    Ali, enjoy your meal.

    Jillygoat, I haven’t met you, but I have it on good authority from daughter 1, you are a very nice lady!

    I even put my phone on silent at 11 oclock.

    Pen x

  • Comment number 43.

    I turned on the radio at 11 to observe the silence,if you know what i mean.
    I try not to be out as it makes me cross when people dont just stand still for two minutes. disrespectful.

    djeli ♥

  • Comment number 44.

    Pen and all other moon watchers.

    we have no curtains, so watch the weather and the moon, cloud cover permitting, everynight. lovely.
    one night both mr djeli and I were awake at oh my goodness oclock and we saw the biggest brightest star we had ever seen.
    i called the star gazing club the next morning to ask what it was and were told it was saturn. so the next night we got out the binoculars to have a look.

    I will add that my bedroom is at the back of the house looking out to fields. !!


  • Comment number 45.

    was told,not were.

  • Comment number 46.

    Barmy and Chrissie - thank you. I got some odd looks at the time, but I'm glad I said it ... it just really annoyed me that no-one else seemed bothered. Harrumph!

    Chrissie - you're quite right - I can't wait for CiN but I'm sorry we won't get to meet up x

    Pen - I couldn't possibly comment ............. but your daugher is spot on, ha ha!!! Please say hi to her for me.

    jillygoat x

  • Comment number 47.


    We live in the country and used to leave the bedroom curtains open, then I saw an article saying that if you do that you don't sleep as well because the light streaming in wakes you up very early, so we started closing the curtains and I have to say, we both do sleep more soundly now.



  • Comment number 48.

    Pen: great explanation - the joys of cohabitating! My "thing" is that I must have a glass of water at my bedside every night, which MrS very kindly ensures is there. I never drink it of course, but the one night that he might forget, is the very night I will be "dying of thirst"!

    djeli: the planets fascinate me - I keep meaning to actually find out things about them!

    Off for lunch!

    C xx

  • Comment number 49.

    Gail, if I had curtains at the window it would take even longer for me to wake up in the morning. If i need it to stay dark i go further under the duvet !!


  • Comment number 50.

    Like it djeli !

  • Comment number 51.

    #46 Jillygoat, will do, consider it done!

    You never know, I might get to speak to you next Friday. Now that would be spooky!

    #48, Chrissie, lol

    #49, djeli, me too. When the sun streams through, I like nothing more than to get up and make the most of the day. Mind you, come 10pm I'm in bed!

    Pen x

  • Comment number 52.

    Afternoon each!

    Bedroom windows open all year round but curtains shut as it would be unfair on the neighbours otherwise!

    A lovely 2 minutes silence here this morning. Work opposite one of the few remaining operational mansion houses in the country and there is always a service on the steps with a bugler and such. Pretty much everyone came out of the surrounding shops, the traffic was halted and all the town seemed to stop which was a testament to the towns folk as its not the best area in the country and gets quite a lot of bad press. Made me quite proud today.

    To all looking for baby pics..sorry! The pic is on Mr Pips FB page not Pips herself...doh! But they are going home today so I`m sure some photos will appear soon... take it from me though, he is absolutely gorgeous and I`m aiming to get to meet him soon!

    One week today some of us shall be hoarse right.about.now! So sorry not everyone can make it...but will speak on the dog n bone!

    Right, must be time for a brew!

    mSc x

  • Comment number 53.

    Afternoon all

    Observed the 2 minute silence, had a great email from a colleague sent round to everyone saying he would be observing the 2 minute silence and would respect others to respect him by keeping all forms of communication from him during that period. So I piggy backed it and sent round to everyone stating "a moment out of a busy day to respect those who lost their lives fighting for us was fair". Majority did but you always get someone who decides to ring you at that precise moment. I put it down to forgetfulness rather then ignorance.

    Anyway, have you been listening to Jeremys "The Songs my Son Loved". Every day this week I have been left a blubbering wreck, songs that mean something to me have come up too and I felt myself catch my breath a couple of times and stare out of the window to stop me crying. Those poor families, firends and mothers they were in my thoughts today too.

    Congrats on the new little life that has been celebrated on the blog. Well done Pips and Mr Pips of course.

    I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I am sure you will all be completely CIN mad as the week progresses.
    CB xx

  • Comment number 54.

    LOL Chrissie.

    I would love to have a glass of water on my bedside table but can't because the cat drinks it. In fact he drinks water from every available place.

    MM xxx

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