Lytham St. Anne’s resident, former Catchphrase host and popular comedian, Roy Walker, reached the milestone age of eighty yesterday. Roy is still well recognised as his popular gameshow’s amazing 293 episodes are constantly repeated on the Challenge TV Channel. When first aired, in 1986 Roy was one of the highest paid television stars – he even coined his own catchphrases, “Say what you see”, and “It’s good, but it’s not right”. He hosted the show for thirteen years – his last Catchphrase being broadcast in 1999. In those days, a series of twenty eight shows were recorded in just four days.
Belfast born Roy first hit the headlines back in 1977, when he won the ITV talent show ‘New Faces’ (a predecessor of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’) , before becoming a member of the Granada TV ‘Comedians’. He has appeared on the Royal Varity Show, and his one man show ‘Goodbye Mr Chips’ ran for the entire season at the Edinburgh Festival to great critical acclaim. Roy has consistently enjoyed being truly well-respected among showbiz colleagues, Peter Kaye inviting Roy to be featured in the very first episode ‘Opening Night’ of Phoenix Nights. More recently In January 2016, Roy starred in the three-part BBC series The Real Marigold Hotel, following Miriam Margolyes on a journey to India, and in 2018 in ‘100 years younger in 100 days’.
Lytham St. Anne’s News joins Roy’s many showbiz friends in sending sincere best wishes for a wonderful 80th birthday.