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Ricky always at home with Royles

Knutsford Guardian: Ricky Tomlinson with the cast of the BBC comedy series The Royle Family Ricky Tomlinson with the cast of the BBC comedy series The Royle Family

Ricky Tomlinson has revealed when The Royle Family cast get together for their one-off specials, it feels like they've never been apart.

The 73-year-old actor plays dad Jim Royle in Caroline Aherne's hit comedy, and their recent Royle Family special, although not adored by critics, drew in more viewers than Call The Midwife, Doctor Who and Downton Abbey.

Ricky said: "It's weird because we don't see each other from one year's end to another, but when you walk on set it's as though it was only last week that we worked together. And it's funny because if someone's sitting in Jim's chair and I walk past, they get up."

His latest TV project is Great Night Out, a comedy drama about four football-mad mates and the long-suffering women in their lives, in which he plays the landlord of their local pub.

And Ricky gets on equally well with his younger Great Night Out co-stars, describing them as "good kids".

"I got talking to them. One of them had been a boxer as a young man, he knew all the sorts of villains from Soho and that. It was lovely, in my break I would go and sit with them and have a laugh. It was a nice job."

:: Great Night Out continues on ITV1 on Fridays.

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