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.
One of Jammy Toast’s favourite Telly stars, Ricky Tomlinson, choked back tears as he paid a heart-breaking tribute to his beloved pal Caroline Aherne. Ricky, who played Caroline’s layabout dad in The Royle Family, was left reeling after cancer claimed the comedy star at the age of just 52 yesterday. He said: “I’m so bloody shocked. She was absolutely wonderful and amazing to work for. Kind, funny, witty. A true professional and one of the most generous people I ever worked with.”
This month I decided to draw some people close to our hearts here at Jammy Toast. Drawing people is usually more difficult than drawing buildings, scenery of still life because it has to actually resemble the person you are drawing. Before now, I have spent a while drawing someone and I am quite pleased with it only for no one being able to recognise the subject. If this happens then it really is a case of “back to the drawing board”.
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!
The Bears and I were upset last night to hear of the death of “Twiggy” – Jim Royle’s lazy, thieving mate from the Royle Family. It is a tribute to his acting ability that none of the bears even knew who Geoffrey Hughes was, yet they regarded Twiggy as one of their mates since his appearances in The Royle Family. Who could ever forget the scene from the TV comedy where Twiggy and Jim are decorating in time to Lou Bega’s Mambo #5? A classic of British comedy!
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.”
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