Ricky

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Actor Ricky Tomlinson reads from his autobiography.

Growing up near Anfield, Ricky discovers football, girls and rock 'n' roll.

Ricky Tomlinson reads from his autobiography.

Ricky Tomlinson is famous for his many TV and screen performances - The Royle Family, Brookside, Cracker, Clocking Off, Nice Guy Eddie, Riff Raff, Raining Stones, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands, The 51st State and Mike Bassett England Manager.

This frank and fascinating autobiography tells the story of the man behind the characters, and charts the circuitous route by which he came to be a British household name.

Ricky's mother used to tell him that he had lived three lives, but she underestimated the number - he has been a plasterer, banjo player, stand-up comic, union agitator, political activist, film extra, award-winning actor and unwilling guest of her majesty's prison service.

Today's programme follows Ricky's childhood in Lance Street, Liverpool, playing tricks on the neighbours, discovering football and his first experience of girls.

""My entire life changed.

I had a mission.

The nightly games in Lance Street reflected this.

Suddenly the aim was to catch a girl and kiss her, instead of running the other way."".

Growing up near Anfield, Ricky Tomlinson discovers football, girls and rock 'n' roll.

Growing up near Anfield, he discovers football, girls and rock 'n' roll.

The Royle Family actor reads from his autobiography.

The actor recalls growing up near Anfield, discovering football, girls and rock 'n' roll.

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Ricky Tomlinson's comedy career begins in some of Liverpool's most notorious drinking holes.

His dad dies and he falls in love.

Ricky Tomlinson reads from his autobiography.

Ricky's first experience of love, working as a plasterer, and the beginning of his life long love of the banjo, playing on the pub circuit as 'Hobo Rick & the Hi Fi Three'.

""Gigging my way around Liverpool taught me more about people and life than all my years at school."".

Starting his showbiz career on Liverpool's pub circuit, the actor falls in love.

Reading from his autobiography, the actor recalls starting his showbiz career on Liverpool's pub circuit - and falling in love.

The actor on starting his showbiz career on Liverpool's pub circuit - and falling in love.

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Ricky is arrested for strike action in 1972 and detained at Her Majesty's pleasure with some cockroaches and good buddy Dessie.

Ricky Tomlinson reads from his autobiography.

During the 1972 national building strike, Ricky took part in a peaceful picket in Shrewsbury and to his horror was arrested and sent to prison for two years for unlawful affray and conspiracy.

""It was said by Goebbels in the last war that if you repeat a lie often enough it becomes accepted as the truth.

This I have observed put into practice in this court and now know it to be true"".

Arrested for strike action, the actor is detained at Her Majesty's pleasure.

Reading from his autobiography, the actor recalls his arrest for strike action - and being detained at Her Majesty's pleasure.

Recalling his arrest for strike action - and being detained at Her Majesty's pleasure.

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It's the mid 1970s and Ricky Tomlinson is released from jail.

A long walk leads to an extraordinary professional acting break.

Finally released from prison, Ricky found himself blacklisted on the building sites, and started making money as a TV extra.

Replying to an ad in the Stage, he got a part in Roland Joffe's TV 'Play for Today' ""United Kingdom"" in 1981 and started on the road to becoming an actor.

Released from jail, the actor becomes a TV extra, ahead of landing his big break.

Ricky Tomlinson reads from his autobiography.

Reading from his autobiography, the actor recalls his release from jail and being a TV extra, ahead of landing his big break.

Ricky recalls his release from jail and being a TV extra, ahead of landing his big break.

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Ricky Tomlinson makes money with Brookside, but then loses it - along with wife, home and sanity.

Jim Royle to the rescue.

After playing Bobby Grant in Brookside, Ricky lost everything - all his money in an investment in the Limelight club in Liverpool, his home and his wife Marlene and children.

But his luck turned again with a part in Ken Loach's Raining Stones, and then the part he was born to play, in The Royle Family.

""Jim Royle, sat slouched in an armchair, reading the phone bill.

'Ninety-eight quid! Ninety-eight quid! It's good to talk, my arse.' "" Reader: Ricky Tomlinson Theme Music: From the CD ""Music My Arse"" - Ricky's banjo album.

Ricky Tomlinson's comedy career begins in some of Liverpool's most notorious drinking holes.

His dad dies and he falls in love.

Ricky Tomlinson makes money with Brookside, but then loses it.

Disaster follows TV success in 'Brookside', until Jim Royle barges in.

Actor Ricky Tomlinson concludes his autobiography.

Concluding his autobiography, the actor recalls how disaster followed TV success in Brookside - until Jim Royle barged in.

The actor recalls how disaster followed success in Brookside - until Jim Royle barged in.