A former coal miner, Saville started off his DJ career working for Radio Luxembourg, working there from 1958 to 1967. On January 1, 1964, he presented the first televised edition of Top of the Pops in Manchester. He presented the television program Jim'll Fix It from 1971 to 1991. In 1971 he received his OBE and in 1990 he received a knighthood, making him "Sir Jimmy Saville". He has carried out a significant amount of charity work, including raising money for the Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
His catchphrases include "how's about that, then", "now then, now then" and "guys and gals". He has frequently been spoofed for his distinctive appearance (track suit, lots of jewellery, cigar and masses of white hair).