Eric Tomlinson (born 26 September 1939), known as Ricky Tomlinson, is an English actor, comedian, author and political activist. He is best known for his roles as Bobby Grant in Brookside, DCI Charlie Wise in Cracker, Mike Bassett in Mike Bassett: England Manager, and Jim Royle in The Royle Family.
He had three children with his first wife.In 2003, he published an autobiography, entitled Ricky, which spent five weeks at the top of the UK best-selling new books chart. In the book, Tomlinson admitted to having affairs as well as describing in detail his time in prison.On 19 October 2007 Tomlinson had quadruple heart bypass surgery at Liverpool's Cardiothoracic Centre. Consultant cardiac surgeon Aung Oo said: "The operation went according to plan and he is now recovering within the hospital's critical care unit."Tomlinson suffers from nodular prurigo, which was the subject of an interview in the Daily Mirror in October 2013.Tomlinson still resides in Liverpool, stating "I will never, ever move away from Liverpool, I love it here."He is a supporter of Liverpool FC.
Tomlinson was born on 26 September 1939 at Burleigh House in Bispham, Lancashire, and has lived in Liverpool nearly all his life. His father was a baker and he was born in Bispham because his mother, Peggy, was evacuated there due to the Liverpool Blitz in World War II. He attended Walton Technical College after passing an exam when he was 13. His favourite subject was English.
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Ricky and Ralf's Very Northern Road Trip
For a heart-warming and hilarious staycation, the Royle Family will travel the length and breadth of northern England in a quest to uncover each of their region's own unique secrets.
Testosterone: Volume Three
The third volume in a collection of the hottest gay shorts from around the world takes us from a teen’s dangerous affair with an older man, to a resurfaced love at a circuit party, an awkward first ga...
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The Production Line
The manufacturing processes are looked at. People are working.
Made in Britain
From mass produced to hand crafted, Made in Britain is a behind the scenes look at how Britain's most recognizable brands are made.
The More You Ignore Me
Jo Brand's novel, The More You Ignore Me, is a warm, comedy drama focusing on the life of an unconventional family in 1980s rural England. Gina is a young mother whose efforts to be a loving mother an...
Ken Dodd: How Tickled We Were
Ken Dodd: How Tickled We Were tells Sir Ken’s story from his boyhood growing up in the 1930’s in Knotty Ash, through his big break into show business and then on to his unrivalled career in entertainm...
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Boys On Film 17: Love Is the Drug
Explore hidden desires on a sleepover, fall in love with the handyman and be seduced by a stranger on the beach as you discover why Love Is the Drug. Boys On Film 17 includes nine complete films: Nic...
We Have Been Watching
This series features some of Britain's best-loved comedians and funniest comedy actors gathering together for a jolly night in front of the telly, watching clips from classic sitcoms and sketch shows ...
Dan leaves telling his Dad until the last moment. What will be the reaction?
A talented fighter must save his beloved gym by training a gentle giant for a bare-knuckle fight.
There is a portrait of Kenny Dalglish.
The Last Dragonslayer
An orphan teen discovers she can become a dragonslayer in a fantasy world where magic is being lost.
Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach
A surprisingly candid behind-the-scenes account of the career of Ken Loach, one of Britain's most celebrated and controversial filmmakers, as he prepares to release his final major film.
Wrongfully accused and on the run, a top MI6 assassin joins forces with his long-lost football hooligan brother to save the world from a sinister plot.
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Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled
One of Britain’s favourite comedians doing what he does best – being funny. But Alan Davies isn’t on a stage, or behind his QI desk sparring with Stephen Fry, or even wearing his Jonathan Creek duffle...
Two friends are opened up by the discovery of black American soul music.
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In the Flesh
Thousands of dead people have risen from their graves and nearly destroyed Britain. Is it possible for the zombies to be rehabilitated back into society?
In 1973 Ricky Tomilinson was imprisoned for unlawful assembly and conspiracy when picketing for support in Britain’s first National Building Strike a year earlier. During the course of Ricky’s sentenc...
Great Night Out
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Barbara's Old Ring
Christmas is coming but Barbara is not happy. Not only has she lost her wedding ring but Jim has won on a scratch card she found down the back of the sofa whilst looking for the ring and has kept quie...
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The Golden Egg Cup
Jim and Barbara have received the gift of money from their children - but what to do with it? Barbara wants to finally go abroad, while Jim favours buying an HD satellite box.
Live from Studio Five
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Angela and Friends
Daily chat show, hosted by Angela Griffin, that combines topical debate with five lifestyle clubs: Diet and Health, Beauty, Books and Travel, Entertainment and Fashion.
Five years ago, Mr Maddens was dumped by his girlfriend. He was asked to direct the Nativity play.
The New Sofa
The hit family sitcom has a festive special edition. The chef decided to cook Christmas dinner for the whole family. Dave's mother and father are invited to join the festivities after Jim gave the yul...
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The Alan Titchmarsh Show
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Carry on Ken
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The One Show
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Petrolheads is a BBC panel game presented by Neil Morrissey, with team captains Richard Hammond and Chris Barrie. The show pitted motoring wits against each other and included car stunts shot on locat...
The Queen of Sheba
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Mike Bassett: Manager
Mike Bassett: Manager is a British TV comedy series. It is a follow-up to the film Mike Bassett: England Manager, and stars Ricky Tomlinson in the title role, Steve Edge as his assistant, and Amanda R...
Monkey Trousers was a short-lived comedy series on ITV in 2005, featuring Alistair McGowan, John Thomson, Ronni Ancona, Mackenzie Crook, Griff Rhys Jones, Neil Morrissey, Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer, Mar...
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Five Ways John Wayne Didn't Die
A man has died but hasn't been buried. The man believes he can get the last laugh because he thinks God has a furtive way about death.
Nice Guy Eddie
Three English men working on a cruise ship in 1927 were given a chance to work for the Al Capone gang.
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands
Dek has a happy existence with his girlfriend. Their daughter is by Jimmy, who hasn't been heard from in years. Dek is going to propose to her.
Mike Bassett: England Manager
After the football manager of England had a heart attack, Mike Bassett was hired as the new manager and immediately announced that the team would win the World Cup.
The 51st State
An American master chemist is going to score a once in a lifetime drug deal. After all does not go as planned, he is entangled in a web of deception.
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In a community with so many secrets to hide, how much do you know about the person working next to you? In six powerful, self-contained dramas, everyday life is fractured by tumultuous marriages, snat...
Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire
Santa's Christmas sleigh team will have a new navigator inRobbie the Reindeer, who arrives at the North Pole and is ready to take his place. Robbie is plagued by doubt regarding his ability, and sets ...
Mr. They are and Mr. and Mrs. Peach's favourite neighbours emigrate to Australia, leaving the grieving couple nervously twitching the net curtains of their suburban home waiting to see who will be mov...
Jimmy McGovern's depiction of the mid 90s Liverpool dockers strike. Featuring script contributions from Irvine Welsh and the real dockers themselves
The Greatest Store In The World
Livvie and Angeline are living rough on the streets of London with their mother. They have to find an alternative place to stay when their van blows up. The conditions are so bad that they live in tem...
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Playing the Field
The on-the-field trials and tribulations and the off-the-field lives, loves and infidelities of 'The Castlefield Blues', an under funded, badly managed ladies football team from South Yorkshire in the...
Follow the lives and loves of a group of thirtysomethings in a heart-warming comic drama as they try to find true love - or at least keep their relationships on track. In this wry and funny look at a ...
The Royle Family
The lives of a working class family in Manchester are the focus of a British comedy series.
Life Is All You Get
Jan's life is a mess after he lost his job. He meets a street musician who is freakish.
The story of the British betting scandal of 1964, uncovered by journalist Mike Gabbatt which saw a number of British professional footballers were jailed and banned from football for life for conspiri...
The sexual rivalries over a new, potentially great rock'n'roll singer between a nightclub owner and a local gangster cause unrest and eventually lead to murder.
Preaching to the Perverted
Peter Emery, who works for a Christian computer company called Holy Hardware, was hired by a British government minister on a moral crusade.
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There was a drama based on the real life events of April 1989 when ninety-six people were crushed to death. The Cup Semi-Final match is at the Wednesday Stadium. The movie follows three families befor...
Dalziel and Pascoe
British crime drama based on the "Dalziel and Pascoe" series of books by Reginald Hill, set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Wetherton. The unlikely duo of politically incorrect elephant-in-a-china-...
Robert Askew goes to Blackpool to prepare an extraordinary end to his extra ordinary life. But this is no ordinary weekend and a succession of magical events conspire to turn a journey of despair into...
She walks along the highways of northern England. She says she loves Judith. It's bad luck for the women at the cash desk not to be Judith because she is crazy and dangerous. Someone who is hard of he...
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Between 1994 and 1995 there were two series of Roughnecks. The show focused on the lives of people who worked on a fictional oil rig in the North Sea.
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GMTV is the name of the national Channel 3 breakfast television contractor/licensee, broadcasting in the United Kingdom from 1 January 1993 to 3 September 2010. It became a wholly owned subsidiary of ...
Fitz has a great insight into the criminal mind.
The story of a man devoted to his family and religion is told in this film. Bob wants his little girl to have a brand-new dress for her first communion. His stubbornness and determination get him into...
Giuseppe Conlon and his son Gerry are convicted of an IRA bombing as part of the Maguire Seven in 1976. Giuseppe diligently writes his wife Sarah as she works to free her family members from prison.
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This Morning is a British daytime television programme broadcast on ITV. It is currently presented by Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby on Monday to Thursday with Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes pr...
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The daily lives of the men and women at Sun Hill Police Station as they fight crime on the streets of London. From bomb threats to armed robbery and drug raids to the routine demands of policing, this...
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Countdown is a British game show involving word and number puzzles. It is produced by ITV Studios and broadcast on Channel 4. It is presented by Nick Hewer, assisted by Rachel Riley, with regular lexi...
Boys from the Blackstuff
Alan Bleasdale's five-part series relates the experiences of the unemployed and their revered older friend, retired longshoreman and union leader, George Malone. As they struggle to make ends meet in ...
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