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 Reeves signs up for Celebrity Masterchef

Series 12 line-up announced

Vic Reeves is to be a contestant on the next series of Celebrity MasterChef.

The BBC has announced the full list of contestants for series 12, which also includes Outnumbered and Cuckoo star Tyger Drew-Honey and comedian Abdullah Afzal, who has appeared on Citizen Khan and Lunch Monkeys.

Over six weeks, the celebrities will cook for critics and past winners in their quest to reach the final stage: cooking with Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton and serving up their ultimate three-course menu for judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

BBC commissioning editor Carla-Maria Lawson said: ‘Celebrity MasterChef is an astonishing test of culinary ability from people who are not recognised for their talents in the kitchen.

‘Every year we are blown away by celebrity’s gastronomic prowess and this year doesn’t disappoint. The line-up is one of the strongest we have ever seen and we hope it will entertain and tantalise viewers in equal measure.

Previous winners have included Ade Edmondson, Emma Kennedy and Phil Vickery,.

David Ambler, the executive producer for Shine TV added “The challenges we set for MasterChef are designed to test and expand contestant’s cooking skills and knowledge. This year is no exception and the development that we see from our celebrities is truly inspiring. It’s no mean feat to cook to restaurant standard, to take instruction from Michelin-starred chefs, to face respected food critics and to continually deliver exceptional food for John and Gregg.

The show is due to return later this summer and the full list of celebrities is :

Opera star Lesley Garrett
Seven times World Snooker champion Stephen Hendry
Comedian Jim Moir – aka Vic Reeves
Actor and director Nick Moran
Pop star Rachel Stevens, formerly of S Club 7
Pop star Jaymi Hensley from Union J
Actor Brian Bovell
French tennis legend Henri Leconte
Actor and comedian Abdullah Afzal
Broadcaster Dev Griffin
TV presenter Angellica Bell
Double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington
Presenter Julia Somerville
Magician's assistant Debbie McGee
Actor and presenter Tyger Drew-Honey
Children’s TV presenter Barney Harwood
TV presenter Ulrika Jonsson
Journalist Aasmah Mir
Singer Patti Boulaye
Presenter Reverend Kate Bottley

Of course, it's not the first time Vic Reeves has taken on Masterchef...

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