Carol Vorderman Has Her Say On Claims Richard Whiteley Was A Spy For MI5

The plot thickens.

Earlier this week, Ricky said that he believes the TV star was working undercover for the intelligence services in the 1970s, something the late game show host’s wife has since denied.

Now, Carol - who worked with Richard on ‘Countdown’ for 23 years - has joined Richard’s wife in rubbishing the claim, pointing out one small problem.

<strong>Richard and Carol in 2005</strong>
Richard and Carol in 2005
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Now this is a tough one, isn’t it?

Because as Carol points out, keeping a secret is pretty integral to being a spy, so strong denials from his loved ones aren’t exactly proof Ricky may be mistaken.

What a conundrum.

The 77-year-old ‘Royle Family’ actor made his bizarre claim as he opened a Wetherspoons pub in Chester, where he told drinkers that he had proof Richard helped him get sentenced to two years in prison in 1973, after being found guilty of “conspiracy to intimidate”.

<strong>Ricky Tomlinson</strong>
Ricky Tomlinson
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