Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Ricky Tomlinson Life Story Interview ~ Jim Royle Family…..
As an actor Ricky has appeared as Bobby Grant in the soap opera Brookside from show’s inception in 1982 followed by DCI Charlie Wise in Cracker and most famously as Jim Royle in the sitcom The Royle Family.
The Star of the ‘Royle Family’ talks about his remarkable life and career. From politics to Cilla…Ricky has got thoughts on them all.
A very controversial man in his day, he’s now one of the most loved actors and comedians in the country.
Find out about fighting the unions, going to prison, rising to stardom & becoming one of the most loved & recognised Stars in the UK EVER!
Enjoy a rare, in-depth 2 part exclusive 30 minute chat with a legend (my arse)!
In 1968, he joined the far-right National Front in support of less immigration after Enoch Powell’s Rivers of Blood speech.
His political views shifted strongly to the left in the early 1970s, and in 1972 he joined the flying pickets in a building workers’ dispute in Shrewsbury. In 1973,
Tomlinson was sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of ‘conspiracy to intimidate’ as one of the so-called Shrewsbury Two.
After his release in 1975, he disrupted the TUC conference by shouting from the wings after he had been prevented from speaking from the stage.
In 2012 Tomlinson and others sought to have the convictions overturned by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
In 2013 a paper petition was launched, alongside the existing e-petiton, for an Early Day Motion by MP John McDonnell to be brought. In July 2013, at the Durham Miners’ Gala, he again campaigned against the convictions
Ricky Tomlinson / Jim Royle Exclusive interview by Alex Belfield for the BBC and Celebrity Radio.