The BBC will screen a special edition of Jim’ll Fix It, hosted by Shane Richie, over the Christmas season.

Originally devised and hosted by the late Sir Jimmy Savile and broadcast on BBC One between 1975 and 1994, Jim’ll Fix It was watched by millions on a Saturday evening.

The BBC will now fix it for a new generation of children, whether they want to break a world record, be a superhero for a day, train with an Olympic athlete or be the fairy on top of the Christmas tree. And the new one-off programme will even feature the original theme tune, with a modern twist.

EastEnders star Shane said: “On being asked what my memories were on the iconic BBC One series Jim’ll Fix It, the visions of stories and people came flooding back, as it was compulsive television in our house and all my friends would talk about the ‘fix its’. I even wrote in, but wasn’t one of the lucky ones! I’m honoured to be part of this Christmas Special and salute Sir Jimmy and fix it for a new generation.”

BBC One controller Danny Cohen said: “I think it will be a great tribute to Jimmy to recreate his famous show as a Christmas treat for audiences.”