The Royle Family in 10 min segments

The Royle Family. Image shows from L to R: Dave Best (Craig Cash), Antony Royle (Ralf Little), Denise Royle / Best (Caroline Aherne), Jim Royle (Ricky Tomlinson), Barbara Royle (Sue Johnston), Norma Speakman (Liz Smith). Copyright: Granada Productions / Jellylegs.

The Royle Family

The Royles are a family of couch potatoes who watch television in their dirty living room whilst chatting, arguing, and drinking copious amounts of tea and alcohol

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jhmagic1

  • Friday 31st July 2009, 5:05am [Edited]
  • 329 posts

I watched The Royle Family's piece on Comic Relif 2009, which was 100 times funnier than the Christmas special.

Instead of half hour shows or hour long specials the BBC should commission short segments of The Royle Family and show it in 10 min segments, much like they did with Marion and Geoff when it first aired.

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chipolata

  • Friday 31st July 2009, 2:16pm
  • England
  • 30,249 posts

Problem comes with scheduling these ten minute shows. Where do they fit? Because you need a fifty minute or twenty minute show to go with them...

Although I agree that more ten minute shows would be an interesting way of developing new ideas and talent.

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Sebastian Orange-News

  • Friday 31st July 2009, 3:15pm
  • England
  • 264 posts

Yeah, I reckon there could be some amazing stuff if they had ten minutes sot- they'd use ideas that might not have enough scope for a half hour episode. Reckon it would cange the face of comedy so brilliant suggestion bt I can't see anyone being prepared to do it- Mairion and Geoff was a one off.

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Splodge

  • Friday 31st July 2009, 3:24pm
  • England
  • 653 posts

10 minute comedies on the BBC - Look Around You, We Are History and Posh Nosh spring to mind.

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chipolata

  • Friday 31st July 2009, 3:29pm
  • England
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Quote: Splodge @ July 31 2009, 11:24 AM BST

10 minute comedies on the BBC - Look Around You, We Are History and Posh Nosh spring to mind.


Although all were made when documentaries and dramas ran for fifty minutes. Nowadays most go for a full hour, leaving little room for anything else.

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Splodge

  • Friday 31st July 2009, 3:43pm
  • England
  • 653 posts
Quote: chipolata @ July 31 2009, 11:29 AM BST

Although all were made when documentaries and dramas ran for fifty minutes. Nowadays most go for a full hour, leaving little room for anything else.


That's pretty much spot on, there used to be a need for ten minute comedies to fill that ten minute gap, now there is no gap so there's no need to fill it.

Sir Bernard's Stately Homes, I think that was another...

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Sebastian Orange-News

  • Saturday 1st August 2009, 5:54am [Edited]
  • England
  • 264 posts

I don't recall any of these. I remember watching Look Around You but I didn't know it was only ten minutes. That was actually quite experimental - but still crap.

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Aaron

  • Saturday 1st August 2009, 5:34pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
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The second series of Look Around You was full half-hour episodes. You probably saw those.

And yeah, it was a bit shit.