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The Clitheroe Kid was a BBC radio comedy show featuring diminutive Northern comedian Jimmy Clitheroe in the role of a cheeky schoolboy, who lived with his family at 33 Lilac Avenue in an unnamed town in the North of England. The pilot show, pilot series, and 16 subsequent series totalled 290 episodes in all, broadcast between April 1957 and 13 August 1972

In addition to Clitheroe himself, the show’s stars included Peter Sinclair playing his Scottish granddad, Patricia Burke as his mother (in some early shows the part was played by RenĂ©e Houston), and Diana Day as his long-suffering sister Susan (the part of the sister had been originally played by Judith Chalmers, when the character was called Judith Clitheroe). Jimmy’s father never appeared, his absence seldom really addressed.

Oldham comedian Danny Ross played Alfie Hall, Susan’s daft, tongue-tied boyfriend, who was often drawn into Jimmy’s reckless schemes and never learned to steer clear of him. And Tony Melody played Mr. (Horatio) Higginbottom (his first name was rarely used), a 6’4″ taxi driver, Granddad’s drinking buddy, and father of Jimmy’s pal Ozzie; Higginbottom was always threatening to give Jimmy a good hiding for things he had done to Ozzie. Ozzie himself was rarely heard, save as a muffled, indistinct background voice (for instance, as featured in the episode “The Trouble with Higginbottom” when he is ejected from a bus by the conductor).

In the pilot series, other actors who appeared in guest roles included John Broadbent, Violet Carson, Fred Fairclough, Fred Ferris, Tom Harrison, Jack Howarth, Shirley King, Eddie Leslie, Bob Monkhouse, Herbert Smith, Brian Trueman, Jack Watson, Patrick Wells, Leonard Williams and Rosalie Williams.


Track Listing

  1. S02E07 – Clitheroe And The Hound Dog
  2. S03E07 – Storm in a Test Tube
  3. S03E08 – Mothers Day Of Rest
  4. S03E09 – The Wheels Of Misfortune
  5. S03E12 – Job For The Girl
  6. S04E02 – How Now Brown Cow
  7. S04E03 – Grandad’s Back
  8. S04E04 – The Trouble with Neighbours
  9. S04E07 – The Girl Who Got The Message
  10. S04E08 – The Not-so-welcome Guest
  11. S04E09 – The Keyhole Kid
  12. S04E10 – The Wreck Of The Soppy Sue
  13. S04E11 – Animal Crackers
  14. S04E12 – I’m In Trouble Again
  15. S04E13 – Fishing In Troubled Waters
  16. S05E01 – Dig That Crazy Garden
  17. S05E02 – It’s my Mother’s birthday
  18. S05E05 – Christmas day in the kid’s house
  19. S05E06 – Breaking In The New Year
  20. S05E11 – Lend Me An Ear
  21. S05E12 – The Day I Told The Truth
  22. S05E13 – I’ve Got Them Taped
  23. S05E14 – Collecting Trouble
  24. S05E16 – I Was A Stupid Cupid
  25. S05E17 – James – Mr Piano Clitheroe
  26. S06E02 – What A Guy
  27. S06E04 – Smile Please
  28. S06E05 – When Grandad Papered The Parlour
  29. S06E06 – We All Make Mistakes
  30. S06E07 – Accidents Will Happen
  31. S06E10 – Jim’s Highland Fling
  32. S06E11 – Next Door To Trouble
  33. S06E12 – Love Me, Love My Dog
  34. S06E13 – Too Much To Swallow
  35. S06E14 – Dial Jim For Trouble
  36. S06E15 – Trouble From The Kick Off
  37. S06E16 – Don’t Shoot The Pianist
  38. S06E17 – The Patient’s Dilemma
  39. S06E19 – The Quiz Kid
  40. S07E01 – No Holes Barred
  41. S07E02 – Tramp, Tramp, Tramp
  42. S07E03 – Playing With Fire
  43. S07E04 – Love And Marriage
  44. S07E05 – Vote For Grandad
  45. S07E06 – Three Of A Kind
  46. S07E08 – A Load Of Chinese Junk
  47. S07E12 – The man who came to lunch
  48. S07E13 – One Hundred Not Out
  49. S07E15 – Back To The Dressing Room
  50. S07E16 – The Kid With Nine Lives
  51. S07E18 – Nothing But The Tooth
  52. S08E04 – James, The Little Gentleman
  53. S08E05 – For Love And Money
  54. S08E06 – One Jump Behind
  55. S08E07 – James Bond Junior
  56. S08E08 – The Kid Makes History
  57. S08E10 – Jim and the beanstalk
  58. S08E11 – Double Trouble
  59. S08E14 – Help, It’s A Girl
  60. S08E19 – Clitheroe’s concert party
  61. S08E20 – It’s All In The Mind
  62. S09E01 – Jim And The Headless Piper
  63. S09E02 – The Mystery Of The Haggis
  64. S09E03 – For My Next Trick
  65. S09E04 – The Evils Of Tomato Juice
  66. S09E05 – Another Mother For Ozzie
  67. S09E06 – Grandad’s Mystery Illness
  68. S09E08 – The Unlucky Mascot
  69. S09E09 – The Case Of The Crooked Parson
  70. S09E11 – English As She Is Spoke
  71. S09E13 – The Sunday I Met Man Friday
  72. S09E14 – One Good Twist Deserves Another
  73. S09E15 – Give A Little Whistle
  74. S09E16 – Penny Foolish
  75. S09E18 – Too Many Sisters
  76. S09E19 – Sliding Into Trouble
  77. S09E20 – The Best Of Indian Luck
  78. S10E07 – As Advertised On The Telly
  79. S10E17 – The Prize Fool
  80. S10E20 – Nothing Like Music
  81. S10E22 – No Time For Higginbottom
  82. S10E26 – Beware Of The Bike
  83. S11E02 – Beware Of The Neighbour
  84. S11E03 – Robin Jim And His Merry Men
  85. S11E11 – Have Snake, Will Travel
  86. S11E13 – It’s A Gift
  87. S11E16 – For Love And Money
  88. S12E03 – Who Sold Cock Robin
  89. S12E05 – Spots Of Bother
  90. S12E09 – Stop The Wedding, I Want To Get Off
  91. S12E10 – Half Nelson, Half Alfie
  92. S12E15 – A Love-In Has Been Arranged
  93. S12E18 – Two Sides To Every Story
  94. S13E01 – It’s Quicker By Dream
  95. S13E02 – Take A Running Walk
  96. S13E04 – Anymore For The Beach
  97. S13E05 – Private Alfie, General Twit
  98. S13E07 – Never Believe What You Hear
  99. S13E09 – It Shouldn’t Happen To A Grandad
  100. S13E10 – Someone, Somewhere, Wants A Letter
  101. S13E16 – Tickets For The Punch-up
  102. S13E18 – Heat The Test-tube And Run
  103. S14E01 – Get Well Soon Grandad
  104. S14E03 – Good For Money
  105. S14E05 – Not In Front Of The Parrot
  106. S14E06 – Out Of The Mouths Of Puppies
  107. S14E07 – A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Fair
  108. S14E08 – All At Sea With A Sailor
  109. S14E10 – Seated One Day At The Movies
  110. S14E11 – Once More Into The Vicarage
  111. S14E12 – A Right Son Of A Gun
  112. S14E13 – There Was A Farmer, A Scottish Farmer
  113. S14E14 – Keep Jim Off The Road
  114. S14E15 – The Best Of Birthday Luck
  115. S14E16 – Taken To The Cleaners
  116. S14E17 – James, The Modest Hero
  117. S14E18 – No Licence For Jim
  118. S14E19 – A Touch Of Competition Fever
  119. S14E20 – For Singing Out Loud
  120. S15E01 – All I Want Is A Room Somewhere
  121. S15E02 – Don’t Shoot, I’m Only Acting
  122. S15E03 – Go West Old Man
  123. S15E04 – Once Upon A Cup-tie
  124. S15E05 – Jobs For The Ladies
  125. S15E06 – Tennis Just Isn’t Cricket
  126. S15E07 – Whatever Happened To Grandad
  127. S15E08 – History Is A Thing Of The Past
  128. S15E09 – Is There A Boss In The House
  129. S15E10 – In At The Deep End
  130. S15E13 – Thinking About A Holiday
  131. S16E01 – My Great Aunt’s Great
  132. S16E02 – Why Mothers Leave Home
  133. S16E03 – The Day The Fun Fair Hit Town
  134. S16E04 – If You Can’t Keep A Secret, Sell It
  135. S16E05 – The Swiss Family Clitheroe
  136. S16E06 – The Romantic Higginbothams
  137. S16E07 – Why Must The Show Go On
  138. S16E08 – A Letter From America For Grandad
  139. S16E09 – A Far, Far Better School I Go To
  140. S16E10 – Money For Old Gold
  141. S16E11 – Enough To Make A Kitten Laugh
  142. S16E12 – Where’s The Stage And What’s The Play
  143. S16E13 – What’s Welsh For Trouble
  144. SP1E01 – How Tickled Am I ,Jimmy Clitheroe