- Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:49 am
He was one of the founders of Talkback, the production company. Flogged it off for a fortune, after being behind many comedy hits of the 80s and early 90s. He was also one of the lead writers on Smith & Jones (the late Mel Smith was primarily a performer/director), so collected royalties on that. Not short of a few bob.
There's a piece in the Times today saying that of all the celebs who threatened to leave the country back in 1997, only Phil Collins and Jim Davidson (albeit briefly in his case) went through with it.
"There ain't nothing you fear more than a bad headline, is there? You'd rather live in shit than let the world see you work a shovel."