Two legends of television, show-business and the Royal Variety Performance, Des O’Connor and Jimmy Tarbuck come together, accompanied by music and video, to reminisce and entertain on September 29.
In October 2015, Des and Jimmy performed together for the very first time in Sunday Night at the London Palladium and the Guardian newspaper described their sell-out performance as ‘a night of theatrical history to be remembered for many years to come’.
Now they are back again, having last entertained our audience in June 2017, for another night of music, memories and laughter.
Des will be sharing his affable anecdotes and demonstrating his singing prowess, while Jimmy will be providing plenty of charm, banter and a gag-a-minute as the two national treasures share their stories and showbiz tales.
Des, who was born in the East End of London, entered the entertainment world after completing his National Service. He cut his teeth on the club circuit and then got his first big break on television which made him a UK and international star.
The Des O’Connor Show was a mainstay of the small-screen schedules from the mid-60s onwards and the popular entertainer also co-hosted a popular ITV lunchtime magazine show with Melanie Sykes, as well as presenting the long-running wordplay quiz Countdown for two years. In addition, he also enjoyed a recording career lasting 40 years which began with 1967 hit Careless Hands followed by the chart-topping smash I Pretend.
Jimmy, affectionately known as Tarby, was born in Liverpool where he was a schoolmate of John Lennon. He started out on his showbiz career in a rock ‘n’ roll show at the age of 18, before becoming a Butlins Redcoat in Brighton.
The mid-60s also saw him become a household name thanks to his TV show It’s Tarbuck ’65, and he was the original host of Sunday Night at the London Palladium. He went on to host a number of highly popular quiz shows including Winner Takes All, Full Swing and Tarby’s Frame Game, and also became a fixture of prime-time Sunday evening entertainment hosting ITV hits Live From Her Majesty’s and Live From The Palladium.
Despite long and glittering careers which ran alongside each other, Des and Jimmy had never worked together until that 2015 London Palladium date which proved such a hit with the audience and critics alike and flagged up their strong on-stage chemistry.