Vic Reeves

Vic Reeves

Date of birth: 24-01-1959

Born in Leeds and raisied in Darlington, Jim Moir undertook an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering after leaving school, eventually moving to London and becoming a factory inspector.There he formed a band and began a part-time course at art college, as well as performing on the comedy circuit as various characters - including the 'North-East’s Top Light Entertainer', Vic Reeves.

His stage show Vic Reeves Big Night Out began life as a regular Thursday night gig at Goldsmith’s Tavern, New Cross. Here he met Bob Mortimer, a solicitor who jumped up on stage one night and ended up becoming a regular, starting an enduring comic partnership.

The pair were championed by Jonathan Ross, who gave them a break on his TV show, and Big Night Out was made into a Channel 4 show in 1990, where it became an instant cult hit.

The pair followed it up with the sketch shows The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, and Bang Bang, It's Reeves aAnd Mortimer, quirky sitcom Catterick and he game show Shooting Stars.

They moved to prime-time Saturday night with the BBC One show Families At War, which ran from 1998 to 1999, and starred in a remake of Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) the following year, but they never quite made the transition to mainstream entertainers.

He also had a No 1 hit with a cover version of Dizzy, recorded with The Wonder Stuff, and released hit versions of Born Free and I'm A Believer, a collaboration with EMF.

In 2004 he and was a contestant in the fourth series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! with his wife Nancy Sorrell.

His other credit include the Discovery Channel's history series Rogues Gallery, Sky's Brainiac: Science Abuse and Radio 2 panel game Does the Team Think... - and he continues to work on his art, occasionally hosting exhibitions of his work.

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Vic and Bob are having more Big Nights Out

New series following comeback special

Vic & Bob’s Big Night Out is to return for four new episodes.

BBC Four has commissioned the new shows off the back of a BBC Two comeback special that wil be aired over Christmas.

Although the series originally aired on Channel 4 – when it was called Vic Reeves’ Big Night Out – the series will mark the double act’s 25th anniversary at the BBC, which began with the Smell of Reeves and Mortimer

Bob Mortimer said: ‘We are so chuffed and exited to be given the chance to re-invent the Big Night Out so long after it all began. We shall make it as joyous and surprising as it was all those years ago.’

And Reeves added: ‘It’s playtime again. All these years on and we can still both do the splits. We can not be stopped.’

Big Night Out first aired in 1990, based on the stage shows the pair used to perform at Goldsmiths Tavern in South London. It ran for just two series, but was hugely influential and paved the way for the duo’s other shows, including Shooting Stars, Bang Bang, Catterick and House of Fools.

The pair  revived many of their Big Night Out creations, including The Man With The Stick, Judge Nutmeg, and The Stotts for their 2015-2016 live tour Poignant Moments, their first in more than  20 years. 

Shane Allen, the BBC’s controller of  comedy commissioning, said: ‘Vic & Bob have created so many terrific characters and inspired ideas over the years. The Christmas special sees them at the top of their game and this following series promises more daft, infectious and unique comedy madness from the daddies of the absurdly brilliant.’

The new shows are being made by  BBC Studios production, with their long-time collaborator Lisa Clark producing. No broadcast dates have yet been confirmed.

Here is a gallery from the first show, airing on BBC Two on December 29.

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