Jammy Toast favourite Ricky Tomlinson, who played Jim Royle in the Royle Family, has claimed late Countdown presenter Richard Whiteley worked for the security services. Ricky made the bombshell claims after relaunching a pub in Chester where, back in 1972, he helped organise the first national building workers’ strike. Ricky, a former plasterer, and one of the so-called Shrewsbury pickets later faced a trial which saw him jailed. He now fronts an ongoing campaign to clear their names as alleged victims of a political conspiracy.
Ricky Tomlinson is a true-life hero of the Bears and this was cemented even further last year when he was caught trying to donate £1million to Alder Hey hospital and keep it quiet. As Jim Royle, he has also entertained us for years and we are big fans of many of his other ventures. It doesn’t matter if he is playing private detective Nice Guy Eddie or if he is singing songs like My Arse or Speak No Spaniardo, here at Jammy Toast we are fans of everything he does. In fact, in recent years he has won more acting awards than Liverpool FC ever won cups – he is a true Scouser!
Sometimes the bears get confused between what is real and what is fiction on a television programme. It can get quite confusing at the bear sanctuary if an actor dies in one programme then turns up in another. Renault Bears are very trusting and they are not used to things being “make believe”. Now we hear that Sue Johnston, who plays Barbara Royle in the Royle Family, is set to join Coronation Street. I can see it coming; the bears are going to think that Barbara has left Jim!
Hero of The Bears, Ricky Tomlinson, isn’t someone who hides his personal opinions just like his alter-ego Jim Royle. And with unemployment levels rising to the same heights as under the last Conservative government, Ricky is furious. Prime Minister David Cameron is the man to feel the full force of Ricky’s recent outburst. During an interview to promote his new show on Gold, the 72-year-old actor said; “I am glad I am not being born into today’s world because the Tories are failing the people in this country terribly.”
I went out on Saturday night and left the Bears at home watching the Royal Family on DVD, I now know that was a big mistake. All the Bears are walking round talking like Jim Royal and are all shouting out at the top of their little lungs; “MY ARSE!”. I didn’t realise how impressionable a young Bears mind can be. They all love Jim Royal and have collected some of his more memorable phrases and now repeat them at will.