Entertainer Johnny Franks is hoping to land a TV series at the age of 82 after making a puppet show spoof of The X Factor.
He has composed a tongue-in-cheek take off of the hit reality programme using specially-made 14in marionettes of celebrities such as Beehive Amy (Amy Winehouse) and Simon Growl (Simon Cowell).
Mr Franks, of Heronslea Drive, Stanmore, wrote, filmed and performed a five minute pilot, called The Extractor, at Grimsdyke Hotel and uploaded the clip to popular video sharing website YouTube.
View the clip here .
In just three weeks, 260 people have viewed the footage and Mr Franks hopes a TV production company will tune in and sign him up.
Mr Franks said: "I want a new career so people can see I'm not under a stone and I've got the whole world on a string.
"People on the computers can enjoy a giggle when they watch the past and present singers dance and perform.
"I was inspired by The X Factor and it's a terrific story and very funny."
He envisages that each week he would have a different look-a-like of a famous person - the pilot features a double for Sharon Osbourne - helping him perform the comedy musical sketch.
The octaganarian audience-pleaser pitched the idea to ITV, which airs The X Factor, and said an executive wrote back urging him to develop the idea. Hence he created the self-funded internet teaser in July.
Mr Franks, who retired from showbusiness aged 68 and lives with his wife of 57 years, Nanette, has raised more than £70,000 for charity since joining the Entertainment National Service Association in 1939.
He has performed with stars Telly Sevalas, Jerry Lewis and Dionne Warwick and once released a sing-a-long CD of songs for the over-50s with proceeds going to good causes.