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

The Royle Family

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One / BBC Two
  • 1998 - 2012
  • 25 episodes (3 series)

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. Stars Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston, Caroline Aherne, Ralf Little, Craig Cash and more.

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 2

It's a boring evening at home and the family are sat in front of the telly as normal. The biggest distractions from the small screen come in the form of a friend with a new car, and Jim's bathroom trip.


This episode is sometimes known by the unofficial title Making Ends Meet.

Broadcast details

Monday 21st September 1998
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 11th August 2011 9:20pm Gold
Friday 12th August 2011 1:10am Gold
Tuesday 1st November 2011 9:20pm Gold
Tuesday 1st November 2011 11:55pm Gold
Friday 13th January 2012 10:40pm Gold
Thursday 23rd February 2012 11:30pm Gold
Friday 18th May 2012 11:00pm Gold
Saturday 19th May 2012 1:00am Gold
Wednesday 3rd October 2012 9:40pm Gold
Friday 11th January 2013 9:40pm Gold
Saturday 12th January 2013 1:00am Gold
Sunday 14th April 2013 10:20pm Gold
Monday 15th April 2013 1:45am Gold
Tuesday 23rd July 2013 9:20pm Gold
Wednesday 24th July 2013 1:15am Gold
Friday 6th September 2013 1:10am Gold
Friday 6th September 2013 9:40pm Gold
Monday 6th January 2014 9:40pm Gold
Friday 28th February 2014 9:00pm Gold
Friday 2nd May 2014 9:40pm Gold
Tuesday 5th August 2014 11:40pm Gold
Wednesday 6th August 2014 2:30am Gold
Sunday 7th September 2014 9:40pm Gold
Monday 8th September 2014 1:45am Gold
Wednesday 7th January 2015 9:40pm Gold
Thursday 8th January 2015 2:00am Gold
Thursday 9th April 2015 12:00am Gold
Thursday 9th April 2015 9:40pm Gold
Thursday 24th September 2015 10:00pm Gold
Friday 25th September 2015 2:15am Gold
Tuesday 5th January 2016 10:40pm Gold
Wednesday 6th January 2016 1:55am Gold
Sunday 27th March 2016 9:10pm Gold
Thursday 28th April 2016 9:35pm Gold
Tuesday 14th June 2016 9:00pm Gold
Wednesday 15th June 2016 1:00am Gold
Tuesday 23rd August 2016 9:40pm Gold
Wednesday 24th August 2016 12:50am Gold
Monday 9th January 2017 9:20pm Gold
Tuesday 10th January 2017 12:35am Gold
Saturday 4th February 2017 9:40pm Gold
Saturday 13th May 2017 9:40pm Gold
Saturday 21st October 2017 9:00pm Gold
Wednesday 10th January 2018 9:20pm Gold
Thursday 11th January 2018 1:45am Gold
Monday 12th February 2018 9:20pm Gold
Saturday 3rd March 2018 10:00pm Gold
Wednesday 20th June 2018 11:00pm Gold
Thursday 21st June 2018 3:00am Gold
Friday 24th August 2018 9:40pm Gold
Monday 22nd October 2018 10:40pm Gold
Sunday 13th January 2019 10:50pm Gold
Thursday 11th April 2019 10:40pm Gold
Friday 12th April 2019 10:00pm Gold
Tuesday 25th June 2019 10:20pm Gold
Wednesday 26th June 2019 1:30am Gold
Tuesday 10th September 2019 9:00pm Gold
Tuesday 10th September 2019 11:35pm Gold
Thursday 13th February 2020 9:00pm Gold
Friday 14th February 2020 12:00am Gold
Tuesday 28th April 2020 9:00pm Gold
Wednesday 29th April 2020 1:25am Gold
Friday 6th November 2020 9:30pm BBC1
Tuesday 9th March 2021 11:00pm Gold
Wednesday 10th March 2021 1:55am Gold
Tuesday 6th April 2021 11:00pm Gold
Wednesday 7th April 2021 2:30am Gold
Sunday 16th May 2021 11:00pm Gold
Monday 28th June 2021 9:50pm Gold
Tuesday 29th June 2021 12:50am Gold
Monday 2nd August 2021 9:20pm Gold
Tuesday 3rd August 2021 12:55am Gold
Monday 4th October 2021 11:20pm Gold
Tuesday 1st February 2022 9:35pm Gold
Wednesday 2nd February 2022 12:50am Gold
Sunday 3rd April 2022 11:40pm Gold
Monday 9th May 2022 9:40pm Gold
Tuesday 10th May 2022 2:00am Gold
Monday 1st August 2022 10:20pm Gold
Tuesday 2nd August 2022 2:15am Gold
Friday 12th August 2022 10:00pm Gold
Thursday 25th August 2022 10:00pm Gold
Friday 26th August 2022 1:40am Gold
Wednesday 2nd November 2022 9:20pm Gold
Thursday 3rd November 2022 2:50am Gold
Monday 28th November 2022 9:20pm Gold
Tuesday 29th November 2022 1:55am Gold
Saturday 6th May 2023 9:40pm Gold
Sunday 7th May 2023 1:35am Gold
Saturday 1st July 2023 9:40pm Gold
Sunday 2nd July 2023 3:00am Gold
Tuesday 25th July 2023 9:20pm Gold
Wednesday 26th July 2023 12:20am Gold
Monday 21st August 2023 10:00pm BBC2
Tuesday 5th September 2023 9:00pm Gold
Wednesday 6th September 2023 12:00am Gold
Tuesday 21st May 2024 9:55pm Gold
Sunday 16th June 2024 10:20pm Gold
Monday 17th June 2024 2:30am Gold
Wednesday 19th June 2024 10:00pm Gold
Thursday 20th June 2024 2:00am Gold

Cast & crew

Ricky Tomlinson Jim Royle
Sue Johnston Barbara Royle
Caroline Aherne Denise Royle / Best
Ralf Little Antony Royle
Craig Cash Dave Best
Writing team
Caroline Aherne Writer
Craig Cash Writer
Henry Normal Writer
Ricky Tomlinson Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Mark Mylod Director
Glenn Wilhide Producer
Andy Harries Executive Producer
Tony Cranstoun Editor
Chris Wilkinson Production Designer

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