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James Robinson Clitheroe (24 December 1921 - 6 June 1973), aka The Clitheroe Kid, was a Britishmarker comic entertainer, whose career spanned five decades. He never grew any taller than 4 foot 3 inches all his life, and could easily pass for an 11-year-old boy.

He was the son of James Robert Clitheroe and Emma Pye, who married in 1918. Jimmy was named after Emma's brother James Robinson Pye (b. 1894, Clitheroe). Jimmy was born in Clitheroemarker, Lancashiremarker, Englandmarker, but raised in Blackomarker, near Nelsonmarker. He started out in variety and theatre, but moved into records, films and then pantomime and radio, and finally television. He is probably best known for his long-running radio programme on the BBC, The Clitheroe Kid, still being repeated on BBC Radio 7.

He never married, and lived quietly with his mother in Blackpoolmarker. He died from an accidental overdose of sleeping pills on the day of her funeral, aged 51. His funeral was held at Carleton Crematorium, Blackpoolmarker, where he is commemorated by a plaque attached to memorial tree No.3.

Children's TV character Jimmy Krankie is based on Jimmy Clitheroe's schoolboy; as is the Buzz Hawkins creation for radio, Billy Bradshaw.

The title of the 1970s BBC TV sitcom, starring Michael Crawford and Michele Dotrice, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, was based on the catchphrase Don't some mothers 'ave 'em, used by Jimmy at the end of his radio shows.

Morrissey, former lead singer with The Smiths, is a massive fan of Jimmy's.

Stephen Poppitt and Sandra Skuse are currently writing a biography of Jimmy Clitheroe.

Molly Sugden (a.k.a. Mrs Slocombe in the tv series Are You Being Served?) played Jimmy's mother in his ITV shows.


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