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Viewers will see the two men drive a campervan from the Scottish border down to Manchester and onto the Midlands. Ricky acknowledged he is in the “risk group” amid the coronavirus outbreak as he praised the NHS for helping him on various occasions. I’ve had open heart surgery, I’ve had asthma all my life, I’ve had both my eyes operated on and cataracts removed. What she done was amazing and it belongs to her and Craig [Cash – The Royle Family’s co-creator].”, Ricky and Ralf’s Very Northern Road Trip will air on Gold next year, Indulge in a premium cheese, charcuterie and wine bundle – delivered direct to your door. Access exclusive energy deals!

“Still, at least one good thing has come out of this,” he added as he joked he won’t be having more children with his wife Rita Cumiskey. Little added: “I’ve been lucky enough to do a fair bit of travelling around various bits of the world – but this promises to be a holiday like no other. Ricky Tomlinson and Ralf Little are to be reunited on-screen for the first time since The Royle Family in a new series for UKTV. newspaper archive. Called Ricky and Ralf’s Very Northern Road Trip, the show will see the pair travelling across the north of England to “share memories, entertain each other, and discover just … “It would be like sailing the ship without the captain. The twosome will bring their usual comedy stylings as they travel, where they’ll share memories, entertain each other and along the way discover just what sets the north apart from the rest of the UK. Adele haircut: Has Adele shaved her hair off. “Not only is this going to be a warm, frank and very funny look at an incredible part of the country we’ve also freed up a bit of desk space. In the middle of autumn. But I’m on medication and that makes me very susceptible. DON'T MISS...Gemma Atkinson: Gorka Marquez’s girlfriend addresses personal decision [INSTAGRAM]Holly Willoughby: How Celebrity Juice star stunned Keith Lemon [REPORTS]Andrew Lloyd Webber's harsh snub against biggest musical hit revealed [REVEALED], “I have had one or two shandies but I haven’t touched a drop of the sauce for nearly 18 months now.”. The first episode of the show airs at 8pm tonight (May 11) on Gold - and sees the pair visit various parts of Lancashire. It’s been in the office since someone won it on Bullseye in 1986 and we’ve been trying to find a use for it. We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. For more information about how we hold your personal data, please see our privacy policy. Never say never…. “Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of sun on the Med as much as the next man – but for my money, there’s everything you could ever want on your doorstep here in the north of England – and no better way to see it than in your own home on wheels.”. Last year, he revealed he was in a happier place after ditching alcohol for a cup of tea at home instead. See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper,

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Elsewhere, ahead of the pandemic, Ricky reunited with his Royle Family co-star Ralf Little for their new six-part series Ricky and Ralf’s Very Northern Road Trip.

The pair will also make trips to Ricky's birthplace Blackpool and his hometown in Liverpool.

The former Brookside star underwent a quadruple heart bypass in 2012 and also developed a skin disease called nodular prurigo.

Sign in to manage your newsletter preferences. "I used to like a pint and chat, and I still love a natter with friends, but now I have a cup of tea instead. By entering your details, you are agreeing to Radio Times privacy policy. Actors Ricky Tomlinson and Ralf Little will be swapping the sofa for a campervan as they head off on a very special road trip around the north of England for cable channel Gold. The actor insisted he has been extra cautious due to his age and previous health problems. You can unsubscribe at any time. It’s a real win-win for us.”.

You couldn’t do that,” he said on ITV’s Loose Women. The Royle Family favourites are teaming up for a very unique road trip. Express. In the same interview, the actor said he had also found a new love for painting and even referred to himself as “Ricasso”. The mini-reunion comes after Tomlinson previously said he “wouldn’t entertain” a new episode of The Royle Family after co-star and creator Caroline Aherne died of cancer in 2016. “It’s so much better having a clear head and it’s great to be alive and well. He told the Liverpool Echo: “I have been given a new lease of life, a second chance – and I am going to use it.”.

Actors Ricky Tomlinson and Ralf Little will be swapping the sofa … Their latest TV project is their first together since the final Royle Family Christmas special in 2012. READ MORE: Phillip Schofield: How star was 'obsessed with love drug' girlfriend. Ricky Tomlinson and Ralf Little visit the Angel of the North (Photo: UKTV) During their staycation, they visit Northern landmarks such as the Blackpool Pleasure Beach, the Angel of the North… Commissioning editor Joe McVey said: “I’m thrilled Ricky and Ralf have agreed to tour the north in a campervan for us.

Read the full interview in Radio Times out now [RADIOTIMES]. Home of the Daily and Sunday Express. Save up to £497* a year -Compare Lots of Deals - Switch in Minutes. Weeks on the road, in a campervan with my 80-year-old TV dad.

Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Ricky Tomlinson and Ralf Little are getting back together for a brand-new series on Gold. He told Radio Times: “Without the NHS, I’d be dead. order back issues and use the historic Daily Express Elsewhere, ahead of the pandemic, Ricky reunited with his Royle Family co-star Ralf Little for their new six-part series Ricky and Ralf’s Very Northern Road Trip. The new puzzles website is now live - sign up now and enjoy a 7-day free trial! Ralf Little described this new travelogue as a poor man's version of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's award-winning series The Trip. Speaking to The Mirror, he said: “Maybe I’m getting old or maybe I’m getting wiser, I don’t know. In line with the Government's orders, Royle family star Ricky Tomlinson, 80, has been in lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. “I owe them my life. Discussing their new venture, Tomlinson said: “People are always going on about exotic holidays here, luxury cruises there, finding your inner-self wherever. His theory was that while Coogan and Brydon performed … Who knows, I may even be able to teach him a thing or two about the north.”. Read the full interview in Radio Times out now.