Roy Walker
Roy Walker
Robert "Roy" Walker is a television personality and comedian from Northern Ireland, who worked for many years as both a television presenter and comedy actor. He is best known as the original host of the game show Catchphrase between 1986 and 1999, and one of the stars of The Comedians.
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Looking Back on Misters Minghella and <em>Ripley</em>
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Director Anthony Minghella 1954-2008 I ran across Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley on HBO last night. It was late and had been a long day. I figured I'd watch a few minutes, wind down, then hit the sack. Of course, I couldn't take my eyes off it for the duration, and awakened the next morning sleep-deprived, but grateful for the chance to revisit a modern classic. It got me thinking back a few years... I first met Anthony Minghella in January of 2000 at the press junket for "Ripley." Moments after sitting down with him, I knew Minghella was a different breed from most of the filmmakers I'd interviewed in the past, particularly those from this side of the Pond. Minghella struck me as both a gentleman and a gentle man. He loved Bach as much as he revered the films of Hitchcock and the writing of Harold Pinter. He also listened as well as he conversed. I knew I would never forget my conversation with Anthony Minghella and, after a special American Film Institute screening ...
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Ships that pass in the night - that’s showbiz couple Jimmy and Sue
The Gazette - over 3 years
Jimmy Nairn and Sue Denning own up to being the odd couple of showbusiness. Between them they have clocked up 100 years in the business, 37 years of marriage, and hundreds of thousands of nautical miles. They had their vows renewed on a ship - and in Vegas too. Sue, once the star of Peggy Sue’s at Central Pier, is now cruise director for Celebrity Cruises and works out of Miami four months on, two months off, while Jimmy works all the major cruises lines too. He’s just back from the Baltic, a cruise worked back to back with a transatlantic run. He goes down well on cruises – particularly his bagpipe solo of the Titanic theme. One YouTube video featuring such released last year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship’s loss has had thousands of hits. The couple are generally ships that pass in the night. But they have been enjoying an all too brief break in dry dock, back in Blackpool, their adopted home town, to celebrate their anniversary, their daughter Lara’s 30th b ...
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Rog Walker: An East Side Story (Photos)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's the classic image of a bustling New York. Packed downtown areas littered with suits and the oblivious tourist. On the Lower East side, however, a different story is being told. There isn't really a true NY experience. As with most things in life, your reality is dependent on where you are and why you're there. This same city that has taken me to heights I could have never previously imagined, offers a completely different experience to others. There's no doubt that the city has a heartbeat. That heartbeat can seem frantic and unsettling in midtown, and at the same time peaceful and enchanting a bit further down. That's exactly what I encounter in LES. There's so much to see on the Lower East Side, but unlike many other areas, you have the space to roam and see it all. The city is always changing and it's great to walk around and capture sights in areas like the Lower East Side. It's even better to experience life there. -- View this entire story and others: ...
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Rog Walker: Made in America
Huffington Post - over 3 years
What's the most authentic representation of the American experience? I never thought about what it truly meant to live an American life until I came across a passage in When America Became Suburban by Robert A. Beauregard: In the decades after World War II, America's identity was radically altered. Spurred by the return of economic prosperity, the extension of the nation's global dominance, and the simultaneous decline of the industrial cities and the rise of the suburbs, Americans reimagined their country and what it meant to be an American. The United States and the world had changed. In the process of disengaging from it's industrial past, manual work was becoming less valued. Office buildings displaced factories as the era's dominant urban image; consumption surpassed production. The industrial landscape receded from view as people abandoned the large, central cities and small towns for new bedroom communities, embraced more leisure-oriented lifestyles, and rearran ...
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What’s On - October 4, 2012
The Gazette - over 4 years
Don’t miss our What’s On section for all the best in entertainment across the Fylde coast THURSDAY Attractions madame tussauds. The best of British celebrities. More information www.madametussauds.com/blackpool. Central Promenade, Blackpool. 10am to 4.30pm. Details, (01253) 299483 SEA LIFE CENTRE. More information www.sealife.co.uk/blackpool. Golden Mile, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 621258. blackpool tower ballroom. Open daily except for special events. More information www.the blackpooltower.com. Blackpool Tower, Central Promenade, Blackpool. Details, (0844) 8561000. BLACKPOOL TOWER DUNGEON. Open daily. More information www.the blackpooltower.com. Blackpool Tower, Central Promenade, Blackpool. (01253) 622242 BLACKPOOL TOWER EYE. Open daily. More information www.the blackpooltower.com. Blackpool Tower, Central Promenade, Blackpool. (0844) 8561000 blackpool tower jungle jim’s. More information www.the blackpooltower.com. Blackpool Tower, Central Promenade, Blackpool. Details, ...
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Longthorne show cancelled after accident
The Gazette - over 4 years
TONIGHT’S Blackpool Grand Theatre performance of Joe and Roy’s Thursday Night Live starring Joe Longthorne and Roy Walker has been cancelled.
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ELECTION RESULTS: Tories cling to power
Belper - almost 5 years
THE TORIES have clung onto power of Amber Valley Borough Council at the local elections, despite a night of heavy losses which saw both the Conservative mayor and deputy mayor lose their seats. Overall, the Conservative party lost four seats, including those of mayor Ron Ashton and his deputy Jack Brown after the results were announced at Alfreton Leisure Centre. That means they now have 24 seats on the council, compared to Labour’s 21. The BNP also lost its two seats - meaning they no longer have any serving councillors on the authority. Mr Ashton said: “I’m very disappointed, I have worked very hard for residents in the last four years.” Turnout was 33 per cent. ALFRETON (pre election party - LAB) total electorate - 6,307 Marlene Bennett (LAB) 1,202 - ELEC Peter Jelf (LIB) 75 Kat Moss (CON) 447 BELPER CENTRAL (pre election party - CON) total electorate - 4,357 Ben Bellamy (LAB) 450 Jane Benson (LIB) 71 John Nelson (CON) 627 - ELEC Dave Wells (GRE) 328 BELPER NOR ...
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Jazz with CJ Worsdale
Doncaster Free Press - almost 5 years
Apollo may well have been the Messenger of the Gods according to Greek mythology. Though throughout Yorkshire and often far beyond, trombonist Mick Taylor, clarinettist Geoff Patterson and jazz &amp; blues singer Shirley Patterson together with more recent additions Colin Wood piano, Dave Green double bass, and Roy Walker (drums) have for several decades have helped to spread ‘The message of Jazz’ to eager fans and converts hence the apt chosen title of the band The Jazz Messengers even without the aid of winged heals. And good news is that the talented half dozen are set to make another more than welcome return to the ‘Con’ Club on Thursday May 3, when a foot tapping and varied evening of infectiously swinging Traditional Jazz, Mainstream and Blues will be the order of the day featuring of course the one-and-only ‘Shirl’ with her own unique take on vocal jazz/blues greats Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith etc. The action begins at 8.30pm, admission £5 at the door at the comfortable ...
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Round up of borough’s election hopefuls for 2012
Ripley & Heanor News - almost 5 years
THE STARTING gun has sounded for the Amber Valley Borough Council 2012 election hopefuls. Residents in 15 out of the Conservative controlled borough’s 45 wards are set to go to the polls on May 3. Conservative Mayor of Amber Valley Ron Ashton will seek to defend his Ripley and Marehay seat against Labour candidate Mick Wilson; Michael Bedford for Liberal Democrats and Alan Edwards for the British National Party (BNP). The deputy mayor Jack Brown will face Lib Dem candidate Ollie Smith and Labour’s Roy Walker in the Ironville and Riddings Ward. The Ripley ward will be contested by sitting David Bowley, Conservative; Paul Gibbons, Lib Dem, and Tony Holmes, for Labour. Sitting Labour candidate Alan Longdon will go up against Conservative newcomer Ella Mcmanus and the BNP’s Ken Cooper for the Heanor and Loscoe seat. The BNP will attempt to retain both of its seats in Heanor this year. Sitting Adrian Hickman will go up against Richard Iliffe, Conservative, and Labour’s Bob Janes for ...
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Roy Walker an app-y chap as Catchphrase download tops all
Belfast Telegraph - about 5 years
In the world of pop, the Christmas No.1 was sometimes religious, often cheesy, and frequently by Sir Cliff.
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Roy Walker back for a round of Catchphrase
News Letter - about 5 years
HE made his name with self-coined catchphrases on his Catchphrase gameshow alongside his yellow, computer-generated sidekick Mr Chips; ‘Say what you see’ and ‘It’s good, but it’s not right’ memorably peppered his TV patter.
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WALKER SEEKS ‘DERBY’ DELIGHT - Ballymena Times
Google News - over 5 years
United boss Roy Walker anticipates a cracking contest between two sides whose seven matches apiece this term have produced a staggering 53 goals! “We&#39;re going in level with Coleraine on points and a win would be good for us
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Cliftonville 3 Ballymena United 4 - Belfast Telegraph
Google News - over 5 years
Ballymena United boss Roy Walker praised his side&#39;s spirit but warned that they must cut out sloppy errors if they want to maintain winning ways following Saturday&#39;s Solitude defeat of Cliftonville. Behind to a Chris Scannell goal gifted to him by
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Ballymena United: Walker only thinks positive - Belfast Telegraph
Google News - over 5 years
A trip away from the Ballymena Showgrounds is a welcome distraction for Roy Walker&#39;s men tomorrow. United have lost three out of three on their home turf in the last fortnight and will have no qualms about going to Solitude to face Cliftonville this
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Skipper calls for fans’ backing in Shield clash - Ballymena Times
Google News - over 5 years
BALLYMENA United captain Allan Jenkins has urged the club&#39;s supporters to give manager Roy Walker and the players their full backing as United go in search of long-awaited cup glory. The Sky Blues take on Linfield for the second time in four days at
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Ballymena United 0 Carrick Rangers 2 - Belfast Telegraph
Google News - over 5 years
Roy Walker&#39;s Sky Blues were unable to break down a hard working Rangers, with Anto Lagan and David McAlinden lapping up United&#39;s hopeful long balls. Former Ballymena defender McAlinden came back to haunt his old club when he opened the scoring with a
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Roy Walker
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 71
    Also during April 2012, Walker became the face of SafeNet at a security exhibition.
    More Details Hide Details Walker currently lives in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire. He has three children by his late wife Jean, who died of cancer in 1989. He was admitted to Clifton Hospital in early October 2011 following a suspected mini-stroke. Walker was discharged in good health the following day. A track on Belle & Sebastian's 2003 album Dear Catastrophe Waitress is named after Walker.
    It was announced in April 2012 that Walker is set to host the Big Comedy Gala in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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  • 2009
    Age 68
    Also in 2009, he appeared in a celebrity edition of the reality cookery show Come Dine With Me, which aired on 1 November - in which he came first.
    More Details Hide Details The other contestants were Most Haunted presenter Yvette Fielding, Natasha Hamilton of pop group Atomic Kitten, and former Coronation Street actor Bruce Jones.
    On 26 May 2009, he appeared on the Britain's Got Talent show Britain's Got More Talent.
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    Walker starred in the Churchill Insurance adverts, alongside model Megan Hall, seen at an Indian restaurant with the Churchill Dog in 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 67
    In 2008, he performed at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in his own one hour show entitled Goodbye Mr Chips debuting on 31 July, his 68th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details He was also team captain on the first series of the BBC Radio 4 panel game Act Your Age. Walker has appeared (in pre-recorded audiobite form) on The Chris Moyles Show on BBC Radio 1, in features called "Car Park Catchphrase" and "Beep Beep Busters", a spoof of the game show Catchphrase.
    Walker is a noted after dinner speaker and in June 2008 spoke and presented awards at the AIS Presidents Launch at the Dorchester Hotel in London.
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    He presented a six-part comedy series for BBC Radio Ulster, The Way We Tell 'Em, as well as appearing on Ready Steady Cook on 5 June 2008.
    More Details Hide Details On 10 June, Walker appeared on Big Brother's Big Mouth as a secret special guest.
    In 2008, Walker was a guest on The Alan Titchmarsh Show.
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  • 2007
    Age 66
    On 19 February 2007, he was a guest on the Irish chat show, The Podge and Rodge Show on RTÉ.
    More Details Hide Details And on 30 November, he was a guest on the day time chat show Loose Women.
  • 2006
    Age 65
    He appeared on The Paul O'Grady Show in 2006 with Frank Carson as mystery guests, they were in disguise in the audience.
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    On 12 August 2006, he appeared in an episode entitled The Comics of the documentary The Story of Light Entertainment.
    More Details Hide Details And on 14 October, he appeared on Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.
    On 4 March 2006, he was the Northern Ireland Regional Presenter in the UK's Eurovision Song Contest selection show Making Your Mind Up.
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  • 2005
    Age 64
    In 2005, Walker appeared as Monsignor in the romantic drama film The Jealous God, which was released on 9 September.
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  • 2004
    Age 63
    In 2004, he appeared in the third series of the reality television series I'm Famous and Frightened! on Living.
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  • 2002
    Age 61
    In 2002, he took part in the comedy game show "It's Only TV...
    More Details Hide Details But I Like It" and also appeared on Harry Hill's TV Burp.
  • 2001
    Age 60
    Walker appeared as himself in the first episode of Phoenix Nights on 14 January 2001.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1994
    Age 53
    On 12 June 1994, he appeared on Surprise, Surprise.
    More Details Hide Details Other television appearances in the 1990s included You Bet! Gagtat, Light Lunch, Wipeout (celebrity special) and TV Nightmares.
  • FORTIES
  • 1986
    Age 45
    Walker is most famous for the game show Catchphrase, which he co-hosted with his computer character friend that he created, Mr Chips, from 1986 to 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Walker coined his own catchphrases for the show: "Say what you see", and "It's good, but it's not right".
  • 1984
    Age 43
    In 1984 he appeared in an episode of the comedy series The Main Attraction.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1978
    Age 37
    Also in 1978 he appeared in two episodes of Blackpool Bonanza.
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    He appeared on the BBC show Seaside Special on 15 July 1978.
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  • 1977
    Age 36
    Walker came to fame in 1977 when he won the ITV talent show New Faces, receiving the highest mark ever given to a comedian.
    More Details Hide Details He was also a regular on the 1970s ITV stand-up comedy show The Comedians.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Born
    Born on July 31, 1940.
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