ASHES To Ashes actor Dean Andrews today admitted he’s still pinching himself after landing another major TV role - this time with his comedy heroes, writes Graham Walker.
He’s in The Security Men - ITV1 tonight, 9pm - with Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll, comedy icon Bobby Ball and Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness.
Acclaimed TV and theatre actor Peter Wight also co-stars in the story by The Royle Family’s Caroline Aherne and co-writer Jeff Pope.
It’s about four hapless security guards - South Yorkshire star Dean is one of them - whose mundane routine is thrown into chaos when a robbery threatens to expose their idleness.
The backdroop is a shopping mall and the heist takes place after they sneak off to watch an Amir Khan fight on TV in a closed electrical shop.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch the official TV video trailer and Graham Walker’s exclusive chat with Dean Andrews.
Dean, who lives in Rotherham, became a household name thanks to roles in Life On Mar, follow up Ashes To Ashes, dramas Marchlands and the Bafta-nominated Last Tango In Halifax.
But he says The Security Men, a one-off which could become a series, is a throw back to Chaplin-type slapstick comedy. He had as much fun with the cast off camera, as in front of it.
“I’m pinching myself most of the time. Working on a script by Caroline and Jeff with these household names. You learn so much,’’ he said.
“The real comedy comes from Bobby and Brendan - a throw back to the Chaplin days of slapstick comedy, with their physicality and humour. Both are brilliant comics.
“You’ll see Brendan without his skirt and his boobs. He’s highly intelligent, a genius and a pleasure to be around.
“Bobby is a legend. I’ve got man-love for him, He didn’t stop entertaining us off camera and I couldn’t get through some scenes because he would bat those eyes, that he’s done all his life, and I just died.
“I said ‘Rock on Tommy’ more than I ever have.
“Paddy is exactly what you see. Nice lad, funny, pleasant, generous, with a warm personality and lots of talent.”
Dean, who has signed for another series of Last Tango In Halifax, is back on the road in the autumn with his band.
He is special guest at an ‘evening with’ dinner at Kenwood Hall Hotel, Sheffield, on May 30.
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