You think you know Jim Davidson. However, you don’t. You might have heard something about the scandals but this is not what differs him from others. In fact, what matters the most is Jim’s talent to make people laugh and to earn money. Take a look at these unknown facts about one of the most controversial celebrities of all Britain.
In the 90s, Davidson reinvented himself as the BBC’s Mr Saturday Night, with Big Break and The Generation Game. Both programmes were eventually cancelled and Davidson found himself out of fashion. He hasn’t been on television since, apart from a disastrous appearance on ITV reality show Hell’s Kitchen, which he was thrown off for referring to “shirt-lifters” in front of the gay former Big Brother contestant Brian Dowling. That appearance confirmed to his critics that Davidson was an unreconstructed bigot and it is that public perception he explores in Stand Up and Be Counted. “I dipped into the perception of me and thought, let’s write about it,” he says. “It was like having a conversation with myself.”
Davidson’s unsuccessful attempt to launch a singing career is something the comedian has tried to put behind him. His one single, White Christmas (“comically” performed in a Jamaican accent), barely scraped into the charts, peaking at number 52 in December 1980.
He was once a bankrupt.
I was only bankrupt because of the tax man – that don’t count. Do I do it ’cos I love it? No, I work for the money, really, I suppose. I do enjoy going on stage, I love it, but if I had the choice I’d probably think of something else to do. Something in showbusiness, but where I could take a risk and it wouldn’t bother me if it didn’t work. Rather like Pink Floyd making an LP they don’t care if no-one listens to.
Davidson, a former host of the Generation Game and Big Break on BBC, has an OBE for his services to charity.
He gives half of his income to hospitals.
He is happier now.
I’m happier than I was. A bit more content. I’ve got mates who sit and watch the television and watch those panel shows and the Ross Nobles and all that
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