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His autobiography “From a Bundle of Rags” was published in 1992
in hardback and went to paperback the following year. Ten years
later he wrote an updated version of his life entitled “Right Place
Right Time”.
A cabaret artist and entertainer, he is also happy playing situation
comedy or straight roles, including “Foxy Lady” with Diane Keen,
“Happy Together” with Julie Walters and several cameo roles in
“Last of the Summer Wine”. He played a major character as a
crooked accountant in Central Television’s prestigious 1980’s six
part film drama “Muck and Brass” starring Mel Smith.
More recently, Jim appeared in “Jonathan Creek” with Alan Davies,
“The Grimleys” alongside Brian Conley and as ‘Hoss Cartwright’ in
the second hilarious series of “Phoenix Nights” starring Peter Kay.
Sarah Lancashire cast Jim as ‘Norman’ in “The Bingo Hall”, one of 6
afternoon dramas for BBC 2 in October 2004.
He was very familiar to Northern audiences as “Alf”, the long-
suffering barman in 14 very successful commercials for Tetley Bitter.
In 1986 he was the subject of “This is your Life” with Eammon
Andrews, and in 1988 Sarah Kennedy caught him by surprise as
she revealed his schooldays in Central TV’s “Classmates”.
Since his early years he has been an avid jazz fan and is probably
the most frustrated trumpet player in the world! This has led
to almost two decades cruising on QE2 with “The Hot Rhythm
Orchestra” several times a year.
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