This week in “sentences we never imagined typing”: Carol Vorderman has denied Ricky Tomlinson’s claims that ‘Countdown’ host Richard Whiteley was actually an MI5 spy.
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.
“I’d be fascinated to see Ricky’s evidence. However, if he was a spy then he never mentioned it to me or gave any of us reason to believe he was one… but then again if he was a spook he wouldn’t exactly shout about it!
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”.
“And we’ve just discovered that they made a film which went out on television the night the jury were out considering the verdict called Red Under the Bed and it was so anti-trade union that two of the jury changed their mind and brought a majority verdict in of 10-2 guilty.
“We found out this week that the film was designed, written, made and paid for by the security services. Woodrow Wyatt was a member of the security services and unbelievably so was Richard Whiteley, who hosted the show.