The series has been brought to life for Sky 1 by Craig Cash – who co-starred alongside Sue Johnston in BBC One’s sitcom The Royle Family. The show has been written by Joe Wilkinson and David Earl and follows the world of a local lower league football team Redbridge Rovers.
“I’ve completely fallen in love with the world created by Joe and David 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.” – Sue Johnston
Rovers promises to be an original take on the goings on of lower league football focusing on the Redbridge Rovers team and fans, 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.
“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.” – Craig Cash, Jellylegs Productions
The series will be executive produced by Lucy Ansbro and Craig Cash, directed by Craig Cash and the producer is Gill Isles. Sue Johnston is possibly best known for her defining role as Sheila Grant in Channel 4’s groundbreaking serial Brookside. Other work includes appearing as Grace Foley in BBC One Drama Waking The Dead and as Gloria Price in ITV’s Coronation Street. (pictured)