- 1998 - 2012
- BBC One, BBC Two
- 25 (3 series), plus 2 charity shorts
- Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston, Caroline Aherne, Ralf Little, Craig Cash, Jessica Hynes, Liz Smith and Andrew Whyment
- Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash, Henry Normal, Carmel Morgan and Ricky Tomlinson
- Mark Mylod, Steve Bendelack and Caroline Aherne
- Glenn Wilhide, Kenton Allen and Andy Harries
The Royle Family is the tale of a painfully average - if not somewhat slobbish - working class family living in the north west of England.
Head of the family, and with TV remote at his side, is Jim. He belches, farts, scratches his arse, and is often heard updating the family on the status of his bowels. Then there's Barbara, Jim's long-suffering, dutiful wife. She cooks and cleans with negligible effect, and when not in the kitchen is more than likely to be found slobbing it out in front of the telly with Jim.
Their youngest child, Antony, is constantly referred to as a 'lazy streak of piss' by his father, but in actual fact is hardest working of the family, and certainly displays more aptitude than everyone else put together - although he's still no major bright spark.
The clan is rounded off by Nana, Barbara's slightly dotty mother; Denise, and her husband Dave. Whilst Dave does show an inkling of normality at times, neither he nor Denise have a spare braincell between them - not that that stops the peroxide blonde's ability to manipulate and shirk any and all responsibility, even with her own child!
Throw in a light sprinkling of neighbours, girlfriends, extended relations, casual acquaintances, and the formidable but unseen Beverley Macca, and the very special Royle brew is complete.
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- Camera set-up
- Single camera
- Theme music by Oasis.
- First broadcast
- Monday 14th September 1998 at 10pm on BBC Two
- Next repeats
- Series 2, Christmas Special: Saturday 9th December at 10:25pm on Gold
- Series 3, Christmas Special: Sunday 10th December at 10:20pm on Gold
- Series 3, Christmas Special: Monday 11th December at 2:35am on Gold
- Special: Monday 11th December at 9pm on Gold
- Special: Tuesday 12th December at 2:40am on Gold
- Christmas Special: Tuesday 12th December at 10:35pm on Gold
- Christmas Special: Wednesday 13th December at 9:40pm on Gold
- Christmas Special: Thursday 14th December at 2:35am on Gold
- Christmas Special: Thursday 14th December at 9:35pm on Gold
- Most recent repeats
- Ealing Studios - Original Series 1 to 3.
- The Pie Factory - Specials.