Tommy Handley: The life and times of a great comic
He was best known for the BBC radio programme It’s That Man Again (ITMA), which was broadcast between 1939 and 1949.
Tommy established himself as a comedian and singer on the music hall circuit and was a pioneer broadcaster, performing as a solo entertainer and as an actor in sketches.
His greatest success came in the late 1930s with the comedy show It’s That Man Again, which, after an uneasy beginning, became very popular.
Tommy starred as a good-natured, fast-talking anchor-man around whom a cast of eccentric comic characters revolved.
He died suddenly in 1949 at the age of just 56.
Jimmy’s column about Tommy appeared in the 7 September edition of the Preston-based Lancashire Post.
The Northern Irish comedian tweeted about it.
He said: “Hi folks! Here is my September @leponline column, where I reflect on the life and times of this great comic.”