Jimmy Tarbuck’s career began at 22 when he was spotted by Val Parnell and made his TV debut on Comedy Bandbox. He made several guest appearances on Sunday Night at the London Palladium for Val Parnell and became resident compere in 1965.
He was soon headlining the top variety shows throughout the country and appearing on Sunday Night at the London Palladium, and later The Jimmy Tarbuck Show and It’s Tarbuck for ATV, and Tarbuck’s Luck for the BBC. In 1975 he appeared in his game show Winner Takes All, for ITV. This ran until 1986 and was followed by Tarby’s Frame Game. His TV special An Audience with Jimmy Tarbuck aired in 1994 and received top ratings and acclaim. Jimmy has appeared as a guest on shows such as: The Mrs Merton Show, Parkinson, and Call My Bluff. He also presented a six-part series for BBC Radio 4 entitled Funny Bones, first aired in 1998. In 2002 Jimmy hosted the New Comedy Awards for the BBC, and 2003 saw Jimmy back on tour again in the UK.
Jimmy’s love of golf has never wavered and holds The Jimmy Tarbuck Golf Classic annually in either Spain or Portugal. He regularly plays in charity golf matches throughout the country.
Jimmy continues to tour the country with his one-man show, and is regarded as one of England’s leading after-dinner speakers and hosts. He makes appearances at many corporate functions and charity events. Book Jimmy Tarbuck today!
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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