Ethel Cardew is an unseen character. She is frequently mentioned throughout the three series and live shows, and appears to be a one-time girlfriend of Richie's (although she probably didn't know it), and a regular sexual partner of Eddie's. This very fact makes talking about Ethel a sore subject for Richie. As of the third series, Ethel and Eddie are no longer on speaking terms, based on what Eddie describes as "The Superglue Incident."