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Jim fixed it for DJ John and Philip!

John Rockley, Jimmy Saville, and Philp Hoyles How's about that then? John, Jimmy, and Philip
Last updated: 25 November 2004 0938 GMT
lineIn a bizarre twist of fate BBC Radio Gloucestershire's John Rockley met up with his co-star almost twenty years after an appearance on "Jim'll Fix It". (November 2004)
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quote It was really weird to see Philip again after all these years.quote
John Rockley

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's mid morning presenter John Rockley was surprised on air this week during an interview with his special guest, actor Jerome Flynn.

Jerome happened to mention that his understudy for his role of Tommy Cooper in the smash-hit comedy Just Like That! - a celebration of the life of Tommy Cooper - was none other than the person who'd appeared with John on the BBC TV programme Jim'll Fix It... twenty years ago!!!!!!

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John Rockley in 1985... ...and 20 years later

John had not seen Philip Hoyles since the two of them appeared alongside impressionists Dustin Gee and Les Dennis in 1985.

The youngsters had performed a series if impersonations with the comedy duo - including impressions of Prince Charles, Jimmy Cricket, and Mr. Rigsby from Rising Damp.


Straight after his radio show John rushed over for a reunion at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham.

John Rockley and Philip Hoyles in 2004
The pair reunited in 2004

He said: "It was really weird to see Philip again after all these years. I remember him as being quite shy. It's really good to see him doing so well in his career on the stage."

And Philip too, was just as shocked. "I remember John complaining that he didn't have a star on his dressing room door", he said. "It doesn't look like anything's really changed!"

Click here to watch John and Philip on Jim'll Fix It in 1985
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Your comments...

Jason Christopher
I did actually write to Jim to get my Dad a flight in the Lancaster Bomber... never happened! A friend of mine wrote asking if he and his mate could go on a pub crawl with Oliver Reed!! Didn't happen either, but if he had written to Oliver directly.....

Jason Christopher
Have John's ears actually diminished in size as he's got older?? He's still got the wig you know....

Marcus Green
I was on Jim'll FIx it a couple of years before John. i was stranded on a desert Island with my little brother.

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