The Royle Family. Image shows from L to R: Denise Royle / Best (Caroline Aherne), Dave Best (Craig Cash), Jim Royle (Ricky Tomlinson), Antony Royle (Ralf Little).

The Royle Family

BBC One and BBC Two sitcom about a family. 25 episodes (3 series), 1998 - 2012. Stars Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston, Caroline Aherne, Ralf Little and others.

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

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1998 - 2012
Channels
BBC One, BBC Two
Episodes
25   (3 series), plus 2 specials
Starring
Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston, Caroline Aherne, Ralf Little, Craig Cash, Jessica Hynes, Liz Smith and Andrew Whyment
Writers
Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash, Henry Normal and Carmel Morgan
Directors
Mark Mylod, Steve Bendelack and Caroline Aherne
Producers
Glenn Wilhide and Kenton Allen

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.

Production Details

Production companies
Soundtrack
Theme music by Oasis.
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 14th September 1998 on BBC Two at 10pm
Last new broadcast
Tuesday 25th December 2012 on BBC One at 9:45pm
Last repeat
Saturday 5th October 2019 at 3:15am on Gold

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