EastEnders' Ricky Butcher sets his sights on his ex after return to Walford | The Sun

EASTENDERS legend Ricky Butcher is about to return to the square but just what exactly does he want.

The character, played by Sid Owen, is back on Albert Square following the passing of Dot Cotton.


He quickly begins to catch up on sister Janine's life and she is quick to introduce him to Mick.

She arranges a getting to know each other dinner at Walford East but Mick turns up late leaving Janine furious.

However, when the landlord of The Vic arrives, he and Ricky really hit it off and Ricky is convinced Janine (Charlie Brooks) has no reason to be jealous over Mick and Linda.

Janine is not the only person Ricky is interested in re-connecting with as he sets his sights on his ex Sam Mitchell.

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Soon, Mick is keen to try and set up the pair and he quietly has a word with her about Ricky.

Sam is initially dismissive but Mick tells her not to write him off so quickly.

However it appears that Mick has the gift of the gab as he has some exciting news to tell Ricky in the pub.

He lets him know that Sam has agreed to go on a date with him and have a proper catch-up.

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Ricky and Sam enjoy their date at Walford East and have a real laugh together.

Not even a row between Ricky and Zack at the restaurant can throw a spanner in the works as everything goes smoothly for the pair.

It becomes clear that Ricky is really hoping for something with Sam.

Janine actress Charlie revealed she was delighted to have Sid back on set admitting that they have a 'really close friendship'.

Speaking of his return, she said: "Sid lives down the road for me, so we are sharing lifts. So on the practical level, it's fantastic!

"Sid's been there from day one for me since I came into EastEnders, so we've got a really close friendship. It's really nice to have him back for me and especially for the audience."

She continued: "I think it's really nice to see old faces and the familiarity and safety that comes with that. It's lovely for viewers, for Janine and for me as well."

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