‘The Royle Family’ star joins Sky1’s new football comedy

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Sky1 has ordered a new sports comedy series produced by The Royle Family actor Craig Cash.

Written by Joe Wilkinson (Him & Her) and David Earl (Derek), Rovers is about the fans of a local lower league football team, Redbridge Rovers.

Craig Cash commented: “It’s great to be a part of Sky’s ongoing commitment to comedy. In Rovers David and Joe have created a world that is both laugh out loud funny and as warm as toast. A series populated by great characters played by a brilliant cast. Six half hours of pure joy.”

The cast will include The Royle Family actress Sue Johnston.

Johnston said: “I’ve completely fallen in love with the world Joe and David have created in Rovers and I can’t wait to start filming. And, of course, it will be a joy to be working with Craig Cash again.”

The Royle Family

The official synopsis reads: “Rovers promises to be an original take on the goings on of lower league football and will give audiences the opportunity to pull up a stool in the team’s clubhouse; the home for this one big family of supporters and their useless club.

“Whilst there they will meet the matriarchal, hardworking and loose lipped Doreen (Johnston) who over the past quarter of a century has run the place. Her meat raffles are legendary and have kept punters coming through her doors all those years. They’ll also get to know obsessive fan Pete Mott, who likes nothing more than talking stats over the scratchings with his best mate Tel – only Tel has recently thrown Pete for a loop by coming out as gay and bringing his new boyfriend Mel to the club.

“Then there’s Pete’s young lodger Tom, who has got eyes for new barmaid Sam, bossy pensioner Francis and a whole host of other loveable eccentrics (including Bruce and Lee played by Earl and Wilkinson). All in all there’ll be a character who we can all relate to.”

The show sounds like a sure bet for a hit! While we wait for Rovers to arrive on our screens, get your own sports betting tips here from Titan Bet, like budgeting, looking at the stats and taking advantage of promotions.

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