EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Jimmy Savile's free run of St James's Palace

EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Jimmy Savile’s free run of St James’s Palace when King Charles was based there in the 1980s omitted from the BBC’s drama The Reckoning

Omitted from BBC One’s The Reckoning are details of child molester Jimmy Savile’s free run of St James’s Palace when King Charles was based there in the 1980s, once appearing in the Queen’s Chapel after spotting choir boys heading for a midweek rehearsal. 

Savile was seen leading two choristers away and entering a bedroom. 

When disturbed by a suspicious cleric, Savile claimed he was looking for the organ loft. 

By an architectural quirk it was accessed along the same corridor.

Omitted from BBC One’s The Reckoning are details of child molester Jimmy Savile ‘s free run of St James’s Palace 

Steve Coogan plays Jimmy Savile in BBC One’s The Reckoning 

Ice-cream parlour tycoon James Sinclair, who bought Carole Middleton’s company Party Pieces out of administration, wants to entertain Kate and William’s children. 

‘I’d be more than happy to put on the magic show of a lifetime for the King’s grandchildren,’ says Sinclair, once known as Jimbo the Partyman. 

‘I’m very interactive with the kids and sometimes a bit cheeky with the adults.’ 

More than cheeky with some grown-ups? Explaining his purchase, he adds: ‘Creditors won’t get paid – although Carole was desperately trying to avoid that happening.’

Warbler Michael Ball recalls the late Queen and Prince Philip coming backstage after he had sung People Will Say We’re In Love from Oklahoma, purportedly the royal couple’s favourite song. 

‘It was their wedding anniversary,’ remembers Michael. 

‘The Queen came up, misty-eyed, and said, ‘Thank you, that was beautiful’, whereas Prince Philip barked, ‘What was the song you were singing? I don’t think I’ve heard it in my bloody life’.’ 

Who says romance is dead?

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip pictured on their visit to Broadlands to mark their Diamond Wedding Anniversary

Rip Off Britain’s Julia Somerville discussing cost-cutting, reveals that as an impoverished student at Sussex University in the Sixties she cut up the Yellow Pages to use as lavatory paper, adding: ‘And very good they were, too!’ 

It brings a new meaning to ‘Let your fingers do the walking’.

Rip Off Britain’s Julia Somerville (right) pictured alongside her co-presenters Angela Rippon (left) and Gloria Hunniford (middle)

Should Tory backbencher Peter Bone – facing suspension and a possible ban from Parliament for alleged bullying and sexual misconduct – find himself at a loose end career-wise, he might earn a crust as a lookalike for Sven-Goran Eriksson. 

He once turned up at a party conference dressed as the randy former England football manager.

Conservative MP for Wellingborough Peter Bone

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit author Jeanette Winterson shares her Spitalfields house with two ghosts: A woman in a grey dress who sits opposite her in the parlour when she is reading and a man who opens doors and turns on the radio in the kitchen. 

‘I have had to speak to him severely,’ she tells Elle. 

‘He is much better behaved now.’ Jeanette, you should have BBC Two’s Uncanny on speed dial!

Marking the tenth anniversary of Seamus Heaney’s death, Faber’s volume of his letters includes one to fellow poet Derek Mahon congratulating him on his opus The Yellow Book. 

‘Note perfect all the way,’ writes Famous Seamus. 

‘The opulence of means and melodies, the pleure dans le coeur.’ Mahon’s response? ‘Pompous ass.’

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