In the sixties he worked as a ‘stand-up’ comedian on a part-time basis on the notorious Northern Club circuit. The advent of Granada TV’s “The Comedians” gave Jim the opportunity to appear on National Television which prompted him to leave teaching and ‘Have a Go” in the precarious world of entertainment.
Television opportunities followed and Jim made appearances on Granada’s “Wheeltappers and Shunters’ Social Club” alongside Thames Television’s late-night chat show ‘Take Two’. Central Television’s “Up For the Cup” and “Starburst” featured Jim together with “Summertime Special” and “Noel’s House Party”. (He was “Gotcha’d” by Noel as part of his Saturday night programme). Many other guest appearances followed including “Celebrity Squares”, “Pebble Mill”,” Family Fortunes”, “Des O’Connor Tonight” and numerous Christmas Television Specials.
A cabaret artist and entertainer, he is also happy playing situation comedy or straight roles, including “Foxy Lady” with Diane Keen, “Happy Together” with Julie Walters and several cameo roles in “Last of the Summer Wine”. He played a major character as a crooked accountant in Central Television’s prestigious 1980’s six part film drama “Muck and Brass” starring Mel Smith.
Since his early years he has been an avid jazz fan and is probably the most frustrated trumpet player in the world! This has led to almost two decades cruising on QE2 with “The Hot Rhythm Orchestra” several times a year.
His after dinner speeches are regarded by his peers as amongst the funniest on the circuit, where he highlights the frailties and shortcomings of show business and all its trappings, featuring particularly the ‘Bullseye’ era.
He is of course best known for his “Bullseye” TV game show, which for fifteen years was avidly watched by over twelve million viewers, attaining ‘cult’ status among University students. This has led to regular appearances at both the Oxford and Cambridge Unions. Instantly recognised throughout the UK, Jim is good value on the corporate scene where his varied stage and screen experience is invaluable.
From 1999 to 2003 Jim worked for BBC Radio Lancashire, presenting and creating a hugely popular live morning magazine programme.
Jim has umps of style and experience and guaranteed to make your night a memorable one.