October 30, 2007 / 2:29 PM / 12 years ago

Ricky to rejoin Bianca in EastEnders

LONDON (Reuters) -The character of dim-but-nice mechanic Ricky Butcher is to return to the TV soap EastEnders, the BBC said on Tuesday.

Eastenders star Sid Owen shows a design by Michiko Koshino, part of her autumn/winter collection, on the first day of London Fashion week February 13, 2000. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

Played by Sid Owen, Ricky is set to bump in to his former partner Bianca Jackson on his return to Albert Square after it was announced on Monday that the feisty red-head was also making a comeback.

But life has taken a different turn for the pair since they parted.

Ricky returns to the East End with his new fiancee, while Bianca is back from Manchester with a brood of children fathered by different men.

The loud-mouthed Bianca, played by Patsy Palmer, and the hen-pecked Ricky were among the most popular characters on the soap.

Owen was quoted on the BBC Web site as saying: “It will be interesting to see what has been happening to Ricky and Bianca over the last few years. Although, I must admit I’m not looking forward to her nagging me by shouting his name.”

This will be the second comeback for Sid Owen, who played the role during the 1990s and then between 2002 and 2004.

In 2000, he had a stab at being a pop star, releasing his version of Sugar Minott’s 1982 single “Good Thing Going”, which reached number 14 in the charts.

He has also appeared in the television show “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here” and starred in ITV1’s prison drama “Bad Girls”. He has recently been running a restaurant in France.

Palmer has appeared on the West End stage since leaving in 1999, and appeared in the BBC’s ballroom dancing competition “Strictly Come Dancing”.

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