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Jimmy Clitheroe: That's My Boy [DVD]

Jimmy Clitheroe , Deryck Guyler , David Main , Mark Stuart    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jimmy Clitheroe, Deryck Guyler, June Monkhouse, Vicky Harrington, Gordon Rollings
  • Directors: David Main, Mark Stuart
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 19 May 2014
  • Run Time: 207 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I0BNG0C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,778 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Born in Clitheroe, Lancashire, in 1921, diminutive variety star Jimmy Clitheroe was the perpetual schoolboy whose abundant Northern humour charmed and entertained a generation of British audiences until his untimely death in 1973, aged just 51. Employing his four-foot, three-inch stature and mischievous persona to brilliant comic effect, he proved phenomenally popular in every medium from theatre to film and records, with The Clitheroe Kid, one of Britain's longest-running radio sitcoms, drawing a peak audience of 10 million and spawning numerous catchphrases!

In 1963 Clitheroe's roguish creation hit television screens, causing further mischief for his fictional family in this ABC sitcom co-starring ITMA veteran (and future Please Sir! star) Deryck Guyler, and airing in the Midlands and northern England only. Presenting all seven half-hour episodes of That's My Boy, along with the last remaining episode of sequel series Just Jimmy (also starring Mollie Sugden), this set celebrates a uniquely talented yet now largely forgotten star, and introduces The Kid Himself to a new generation of classic comedy fans.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia for the Sixties generation 8 Jun 2014
By gadg17
I got this DVD not so much for the main content but for the special feature - the sole surviving episode of Just Jimmy, the fairly long-running and eventually networked ABC sitcom for the star of BBC Radio's much longer-running Clitheroe Kid. This was instant nostalgia for me, partly because I remember watching it on Saturday evening ITV and doing impressions at school of dithering co-star Danny Ross - and partly from the exterior shots of suburban Manchester in 1964. Clitheroe and Ross were a great double act and the episode holds up reasonably well. The interior sets are nicely evocative of the period, too. About 50 Just Jimmys were made - I believe at ABC's studios in Didsbury, Manchester - and it's a great shame no more have been preserved.
The disc's main feature, the complete series of That's My Boy, preceded Just Jimmy by a year. Only one series was made (some if not all episodes at ABC's Teddington, London, studios, I understand) and it wasn't networked, so it's ironic that all these shows have survived where the later ones have not. It has a different cast - no Danny Ross or Mollie Sugden as Jimmy's mum - and different writers. Jimmy's character is the same, though. The domesticity has a cosier feel to it and the plots are familiar from many later sitcoms: multiple misunderstandings, universal confusion, that sort of thing. Most scripts are by Bob Block, who also wrote for Ken Dodd and later created Pardon My Genie and Rentaghost.
With just one funny character and the rest of the cast playing straight,That's My Boy lacks the charm and mischief of Just Jimmy but as a family sitcom it hasn't dated any more than many colour shows from the Seventies (though I was startled to see Jimmy's mum smoking in front of him).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Clitheroe: That's My Boy (DVD) 15 Jun 2014
By Richie
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Jimmy Clitheroe (JC) was someone who stopped growing about the age of eleven and remained that size, with normal proportions for a child that age and an unbroken voice. He is sometimes said to have been a ‘midget’, but he did not suffer from dwarfism. In the last thirty years actors who are achondroplasic dwarfs have appeared in numerous fantasy dramas like the Chronicles of Narnia and Willie Wonka, where performers of unusual proportions are an asset. JC was completely different.

For him, continuing to look and sound like a child, it was logical to go into the entertainment world and to portray boys rather than adults, but unlike a child actor he brought the confidence and skill developed by his extra years. In early films, like Much Too Shy with George Formby from 1942, when JC was 21 years old, and School for Randle from 1949, when he was 28, if you did not know about him you would not imagine that he was anything else but a boy, and a very good looking one. In the 1960s TV shows his features have begun to look a little puffy. To me his voice sounds higher in the early films and in the radio shows up to the mid 1960s than it became in the later shows up to 1972: it is not clear why, unless he was hoarse from too many stage performances.

As a child in the 1960s I was not allowed to watch the Clitheroe TV shows, because my father could not stand him, saying that JC was older than he was. (He wasn’t!) So on this DVD they were new to me. But I was a fan of the radio show The Clitheroe Kid. This ran from 1958 to 1972 and benefited from excellent scripts and an enthusiastic regular cast playing well defined characters. The repeated howls of laughter from audiences, in which you can hear young voices as well as those of adults, testify to their quality, up to the final series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real blast from the past! 13 July 2014
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This is a real trip to the past, very nostalgic but just as funny now as when produced. The picture is a little grainy but allowances have to be made considering the age of the material, sound is fine.

Jimmy Clitheroe was so talented, he comes across very well as the young son of the family. I wonder if you can still buy those old square shaped ice cream cones today?

For TV classic fans and for those who like good family stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Our Jimmy 9 July 2014
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I am pleased, I never thought that this show would ever see the light of day again, but here it is, complete with the only surviving episode of Just Jimmy, as an extra. Thank goodness for Network.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Probably of most interest to those who were fans of, and recall with affection, Jimmy Clitheroe's radio programmes which ran for several years. These sit-coms are a bit ropey in terms of the quality of the scripts and general production values. but they do allow the viewer to get a look at the man who previously, may have only been a disembodied voice. Jimmy was not a bad actor, as his appearence playing a 14 year old boy in one of the lesser known George Formby films testifies. But he would have been better served with more imaginative scripts and tighter direction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 1 July 2014
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Not ground breaking comedy, however it is worth adding to any comedy collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific 27 Jun 2014
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Very funny to see this back on the screen, dated maybe but still has its place in comedy history..
Well worth the money
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