I lose battle for remote control, says Tomlinson

'Royle Family' star Ricky Tomlinson has said that in real life his wife takes charge of the remote control for the TV.

'Royle Family' star Ricky Tomlinson has said that in real life his wife takes charge of the remote control for the TV.

Tomlinson, who plays telly-loving slob Jim Royle, said that he was a “TV man myself” but his wife Rita takes over the controls in the evenings.

He told the Radio Times: “I’m a TV man myself. A bit of a news freak. I like a couple of the soaps – mainly Coronation Street – but then I have to watch them because my wife Rita forces me to.”

Tomlinson said that his wife was a stronger character than Jim’s wife Barbara.

He said: “She’s a bit stronger than Barbara in the Royle Family. So about half past seven that’s when Rita takes over the remote. It’s like giving away a pint of blood.

“That’s when Jim sulks and that’s when I sulk.”

Meanwhile, Edward Woodward, who is joining 'EastEnders' as Tommy Clifford and arrives in Walford to interview Patrick Trueman about his early days as an immigrant, was asked by the magazine if he thought his name was odd.

He said: “I’ve got a couple of nicknames. Judi Dench and I were in a musical at the Criterion long ago and they had dayglo letters for the first time and my name was up there, but someone took all the Ds out.

“So she called me Ewar Woowar, and still does.

“Then Olivier, God rest him, said to Noel Coward in the ’60s: ’That young chap in your play, his name sounds like a fart in a bath, doesn’t it? Edwub wub wub.’

“So I’m called Edwub by a number of people and Ewar by others.”

Woodward, who had prostate cancer in 2003, walks with a stick.

He said: “I use the stick to advantage in EastEnders, and I did The Bill not long ago and I used the stick in that. There’s no problem.”

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