Sue Johnston to star in new comedy, Rovers, produced by Craig Cash

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Former Coronation Street actress Sue Johnston is to star in a new comedy, Rovers, produced by her old Royle Family co-star, Craig Cash.

Rovers is about the loyal supporters of a rather rubbish local lower league football team, Redbridge Rovers, who get together to discuss their team's dismal form in the clubhouse run by Sue's character, matriarchal and loose-lipped Doreen.

As well as Doreen, who's kept punters coming through the doors with her legendary meat raffles for a quarter of a century, viewers will also get to know obsessive fan Pete Mott, who likes nothing more than talking stats with his best mate Tel – only Tel has recently thrown Pete by coming out as gay and bringing his new boyfriend Mel to the club.

Then there’s Pete’s young lodger Tom, who has eyes for new barmaid Sam, bossy pensioner Francis and a whole host of other loveable eccentrics.

"I've completely fallen in love with the world created in Rovers and I can't wait to start filming," says Sue, who also starred in Downton Abbey. "And, of course, it will be a joy to be working with Craig Cash again."

A transmission date has yet to be announced.