Royle Exclusive: Behind The Sofa. Image shows from L to R: Craig Cash, Caroline Aherne, Sue Johnston. Copyright: Jellylegs
Royle Exclusive: Behind The Sofa

Royle Exclusive: Behind The Sofa

  • TV documentary
  • Gold
  • 2010
  • 1 episode

Craig Cash and Caroline Aherne take viewers behind-the-scenes in this special programme charting the life of TV's laziest family, the Royles. Features Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash, Liz Smith, Sue Johnston, Ricky Tomlinson and more.

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Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash, Liz Smith, Sue Johnston, Ricky Tomlinson, Ralf Little, Jessica Hynes, Sheridan Smith and more

A definitive look at square-eyed sitcom The Royle Family, featuring hilarious outtakes and exclusive interviews with cast, crew and famous fans.

Throughout the 1990s, The Royle Family became the ultimate situation comedy. Harking back to the halcyon days of British sitcoms, The Fast Show's Caroline Aherne and her writing partner Craig Cash constructed a deceptively simple premise - write a comedy series based around one family who more or less lived in one room.

This boiled down and concentrated art of comedy became a huge, award-winning success; a sitcom that both reflected the 21st century British family's tendency to use the television as the social glue that bound them together, and poked fun at it.

Creators and stars Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash reveal the story and inspiration behind the Royles, and introduce material never seen before on British TV.

This exclusive celebration of the sitcom features warm and witty interviews with Royle cast members Liz Smith MBE, Sue Johnston OBE, Ricky Tomlinson, Ralf Little, Jessica Hynes, Sheridan Smith and Geoffrey Hughes.

Meanwhile writer Phil Mealey and luminary fans of the series Catherine Tate, Paul Whitehouse, Willy Russell, Jimmy McGovern and Henry Normal also share their fondest recollections of this enduring comedy.

Denise: "Dad, stop fiddling with yourself."
Jim: "I'm not fiddling with meself. I paid a quid for these underpants and I've got 50 pence worth stuck up me arse."

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 10th November 2010 at 9pm on Gold
Episode length
125 minutes
Most recent repeats
  • Monday 7th June 2021 at 12:15am on Gold
  • Monday 24th May 2021 at 12:40am on Gold
  • Monday 17th May 2021 at 1:00am on Gold

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