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The 58-year-old writer, actor and comedian filled in for The Royle Family star Caroline in 2013 when she was suffering from cancer, later stepping up to take on the role when she died at the age of 52.

In a new interview, Craig spoke out about the emotional impact of filling his close friend’s shoes after she passed away.

“In November 2013, when she was gravely ill with cancer, Caroline asked if I’d narrate Gogglebox when she wasn’t up to it,” he told this week’s Radio Times. “Of course, I said yes; it was a very sad time and I wanted to do right by her and by the programme.

“Caroline was well and then unwell, well and unwell, so I filled in whenever she needed me to,” he continued. “When Caroline died in July 2016, I took over narrating duties.

“She will of course forever be in my life, but it was heartbreaking going into the small studio in Manchester at 8am on a Friday morning to record the narration for the show, knowing that Caroline used to sit in the same room,” Craig admitted.

However, he also revealed he now feels poignantly close to Caroline working on Gogglebox.

“Now that time has passed, going into the studio is a lovely little moment because Caroline is with me again,” he said. “And I know she’ll be watching Gogglebox in heaven with 20 Bensons and a bottle of champagne.”

Caroline died at her home in Timperley near Manchester in the summer of 2016.

Before her voice became synonymous with Channel 4’s Gogglebox, she found fame on The Mrs Merton Show, The Royle Family and The Fast Show.

In previous years, she had also suffered from and beaten eye and lung cancer.

Speaking at the launch of the Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership in 2014, she opened up about the moment she was given her diagnosis, saying: “When you hear them telling you you have cancer, it’s true that you really don’t take it in properly.”

Craig and Caroline were writing partners for many years, co-creating The Royle Family together.

In his stage show, Early Doors, he recently said he had found his “hard to laugh for a good while” after the devastating loss of Caroline, his father and his father-in-law in the space of 18 months.

In his recent interview, Craig went on to talk fondly about being part of the Gogglebox cast, although he said he had never met any of the families because all the parties are in London while he is based in Manchester.

The writer and director insisted he couldn’t choose a favourite character, saying: “It’d be like asking me to choose between my children!”

Speaking at the launch of the Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership in 2014, she opened up about the moment she was given her diagnosis, saying: “When you hear them telling you you have cancer, it’s true that you really don’t take it in properly.”

Craig and Caroline were writing partners for many years, co-creating The Royle Family together.

In his stage show, Early Doors, he recently said he had found his “hard to laugh for a good while” after the devastating loss of Caroline, his father and his father-in-law in the space of 18 months.

Read the full interview with Craig Cash in this week’s Radio Times — out now.


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