The Royle Family Christmas 2009 Page 8

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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  • Friday 8th January 2010, 2:41am
  • Surreyish., England
  • 30,576 posts

I can't really comment as I didn't see it (OK) but I did find the trailers with them singing in the car deeply unfunny.


jim field

  • Friday 8th January 2010, 3:41pm
  • Surrey, England
  • 332 posts

No, no, no, no, no.

Yes, I am a fan of the original RF content. Is it my favourite, or even a top5 pick? No, but I do rate it.

This 'special' was GARBAGE - and I am being truly objective when I say that. Clearly, a mentally stable Aherne is simply not a good writer. Also - they've got that other dude in to write with him; and I am highly suspicious of any scenario where a 'new voice' is brought in.

RE Swerty's woman? Sure, I didn't mean to offend, but let's face it - anyone who found that episode hilarious clearly is not a content judge of any calibre. Doesn't mean she's not smart and tuned in when it comes to her own skill-sets though.



  • Friday 8th January 2010, 3:57pm
  • Guildford, England
  • 7,524 posts

He's got a point. She doesn't like any of the comedy I like... :)



Rob Ster

  • Tuesday 26th January 2010, 2:31pm [Edited]
  • Northern Ireland
  • 21 posts

In my opinion, was the most boring episode of the Royles I ever watched, MAJOR disappointment for a Christmas special, especially on Christmas night. I switched over after 25 mins, had enough. Total anti-climax to last year's, DEFROSTING THE TURKEY saga, I do say BRING BACK NANA your family needs ya babe.


comical masterpiece

  • Wednesday 3rd February 2010, 3:32am [Edited]
  • England
  • 107 posts

It's old hat now. I watched the Christmas special, and some of the jokes were so long winded I was cringing, not to mention the fact that they all seemed to be acting really stupid. I know theyv'e not always ben the cleverest of families but this was too silly, like one of the later Carry On films or something.



  • Friday 15th August 2014, 12:50pm
  • Wigan, England
  • 327 posts

It was an amazing special. I loved it like the first three series