Star won’t shy away from sex arrest case
COMEDIAN Jim Davidson will be speaking about his arrest for alleged sexual offences under the Jimmy Savile inquiry when he visits Swindon next week.
The TV star, who vigorously denies the allegations, has been told he will face no further action for the alleged offences, one of which dated back 35 years.
Jim is joining forces with performer Richard Digance to provide a night of comedy in Davidson & Digance at the Wyvern Theatre on October 11 at 7.30pm. The duo have appeared together at venues across the globe, often to entertain troops.
Richard, who lives in Salisbury, said: “Jim has had a horrible year with the Savile connection and so I said to him, ‘look, why don’t we just go out on there and have a good time. Just put it behind you’.
“He thought it was a great idea so that is what we’re doing. It is suck it and see. We have done so many shows together that they are incredibly ad-lib.
“Jim said that for obvious reasons he can’t comment to the press right now. But he said to say it’s red rag to a bull to him and everything will be explained on stage when he gets to Swindon. You can be sure of fireworks when he gets on stage. He will be firing all his guns.”
Jim was arrested at the start of the year as part of the investigation sparked by the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal.
The allegations had no connection to disgraced DJ Savile – and the star said all alleged victims were adults at the time of the claims.
The night at the Wyvern will be the second of a 15 date tour.
“It will only be the second show in so we will be really flying by the seat of our pants a little bit. That is good for comedy though,” said Richard.
“People won’t get much of an opportunity to see it again. It is just a one off idea and the thing is, about both of us, that we have been around such a long time people know what we do. They either like it or they don’t.
“I’m not saying everyone loves what we do. This is a rare chance to see us do it together. Most of our performances have been for the British forces all over the world. It is an opportunity to see how we have interacted over the years to perform to the British troops.”
Richard has performed at the Wyvern on his own many times but said this performance will be slightly different.
“I am happy and more than prepared to do a different show that my crowd won’t have seen before and would give a good laugh to Jim’s followers too.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun. We will be interacting – there will be a lot of interplay I’m sure.
“Jim will probably be making people laugh at my expense but I am happy to take that on the chin. I will be more than happy to see him laughing and smiling again.
“Love him or hate him he has had a horrible time. This is my way of saying ‘pick yourself up’.
For tickets, which are £21, visit www.wyverntheatre.org.uk or phone 01793 524481.