As we reported recently, Shane Richie is fronting a revamp of iconic kids’ show, Jim’ll Fix It this Christmas – by way of a tribute to the late Sir Jimmy Savile – and today, the Daily Mirror has a sneak peek into how one little boy’s dream came true on the show.
12 year old Mitchell Souter wrote to Jim’ll Fix It’s BBC bosses, explaining that he wanted to join Lewis Hamilton’s crack F1 team and, “learn some driving skills.”
And it seems that when he got to meet his idol on the track at Goodwood, young Mitchell joked, “So who’s driving? Me or You?”
Lewis reportedly laughed and said, “You’re a bit young for that for now so I think I’ll take you for a spin…”
He and Mitchell then spent 90 minutes together doing laps of the track in a McLaren 12C supercar, in which, adds the paper, they reached speeds of 160 mph.
Following the drive, Mitchell said, “I have had the most amazing day. Meeting Lewis Hamilton has been a dream come true and highlight of my racing career, and I’m only 12 years old.
“I was so excited when I arrived at the race track and I did not know at that time that I was going to meet Lewis.
“When I did finally meet Lewis he was just a cool guy and we talked loads about racing.
“He is a top driver and a top guy. It was like having all my birthdays and Christmases all together and Lewis Hamilton was with me.
“I’m still smiling inside out.”
O bless! However, Mitchell is just one of several lucky kids whose dreams came true for the Christmas special return of the show, and other dream days out will include a child who gets to perform with their pop idol, and another who “fulfils a fairytale fantasy.”
And of course, each child received the iconic Jim Fixed It For Me medals, which they’ll doubtless treasure.
Finally, the paper’s article adds, “Among the odd requests received by the BBC were one child who wanted ‘to be a gnome and sit on a toadstool in the gardens of Buckingham Palace’ and someone who wanted to ‘have the powers to kill a witch’.
The new Jim’ll Fix It with Shane Richie airs on Boxing Day on BBC1 at 5.40pm.