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 4

It's Jim's birthday and the family are preparing to head out to the pub to celebrate. Until then, there's plenty of TV to watch and Antony's newly acquired black eye is ripe for mocking.


This episode is sometimes known by the unofficial title Dad's Birthday.

Broadcast details

Monday 5th October 1998
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 14th June 2011 1:20am Gold
Thursday 18th August 2011 9:20pm Gold
Friday 19th August 2011 12:40am Gold
Friday 4th November 2011 12:00am Gold
Friday 4th November 2011 9:20pm Gold
Friday 20th January 2012 10:40pm Gold
Friday 9th March 2012 11:40pm Gold
Tuesday 22nd May 2012 10:20pm Gold
Wednesday 23rd May 2012 1:00am Gold
Wednesday 10th October 2012 9:00pm Gold
Friday 18th January 2013 9:40pm Gold
Saturday 19th January 2013 1:30am Gold
Sunday 28th April 2013 10:20pm Gold
Monday 29th April 2013 1:00am Gold
Thursday 25th July 2013 9:20pm Gold
Friday 26th July 2013 1:15am Gold
Friday 13th September 2013 1:15am Gold
Friday 13th September 2013 9:40pm Gold
Monday 6th January 2014 11:00pm Gold
Friday 28th February 2014 9:40pm Gold
Friday 9th May 2014 9:00pm Gold
Wednesday 6th August 2014 11:40pm Gold
Thursday 7th August 2014 2:30am Gold
Sunday 14th September 2014 9:40pm Gold
Monday 15th September 2014 1:40am Gold
Wednesday 14th January 2015 9:40pm Gold
Thursday 15th January 2015 2:05am Gold
Thursday 16th April 2015 12:00am Gold
Thursday 16th April 2015 9:40pm Gold
Thursday 8th October 2015 10:00pm Gold
Friday 9th October 2015 2:00am Gold
Tuesday 12th January 2016 10:40pm Gold
Wednesday 13th January 2016 1:20am Gold
Wednesday 13th January 2016 2:00am Gold
Monday 11th April 2016 9:55pm Gold
Tuesday 12th April 2016 1:05am Gold
Thursday 28th April 2016 10:55pm Gold
Thursday 16th June 2016 9:00pm Gold
Friday 17th June 2016 1:25am Gold
Tuesday 6th September 2016 10:40pm Gold
Wednesday 7th September 2016 1:55am Gold
Monday 16th January 2017 9:00pm Gold
Tuesday 17th January 2017 12:20am Gold
Sunday 5th February 2017 9:00pm Gold
Sunday 14th May 2017 9:00pm Gold
Saturday 21st October 2017 10:20pm Gold
Wednesday 24th January 2018 9:20pm Gold
Thursday 25th January 2018 1:55am Gold
Sunday 4th March 2018 9:40pm Gold
Tuesday 26th June 2018 10:25pm Gold
Friday 24th August 2018 11:00pm Gold
Thursday 25th October 2018 10:40pm Gold
Friday 26th October 2018 9:20pm Gold
Sunday 27th January 2019 9:50pm Gold
Monday 28th January 2019 1:55am Gold
Sunday 21st April 2019 9:40pm Gold
Monday 22nd April 2019 1:40am Gold
Friday 26th April 2019 10:20pm Gold
Saturday 27th April 2019 9:00pm Gold
Thursday 27th June 2019 10:20pm Gold
Friday 28th June 2019 1:15am Gold
Thursday 12th September 2019 9:00pm Gold
Friday 13th September 2019 12:30am Gold
Monday 17th February 2020 9:00pm Gold
Tuesday 18th February 2020 12:30am Gold
Thursday 30th April 2020 9:00pm Gold
Friday 1st May 2020 12:00am Gold
Friday 27th November 2020 9:30pm BBC1
Thursday 11th March 2021 11:00pm Gold
Friday 12th March 2021 1:40am Gold
Thursday 8th April 2021 11:00pm Gold
Friday 9th April 2021 2:15am Gold
Sunday 23rd May 2021 10:40pm Gold
Tuesday 29th June 2021 9:50pm Gold
Wednesday 30th June 2021 12:50am Gold
Wednesday 4th August 2021 9:20pm Gold
Thursday 5th August 2021 12:55am Gold
Sunday 24th October 2021 11:55pm Gold
Monday 25th October 2021 2:55am Gold
Thursday 3rd February 2022 9:10pm Gold
Friday 4th February 2022 12:20am Gold
Saturday 9th April 2022 10:40pm Gold
Sunday 10th April 2022 3:00am Gold
Thursday 5th May 2022 10:20pm Gold
Friday 6th May 2022 2:30am Gold
Thursday 2nd June 2022 9:00pm Gold
Friday 3rd June 2022 1:45am Gold
Tuesday 2nd August 2022 10:20pm Gold
Wednesday 3rd August 2022 2:25am Gold
Monday 15th August 2022 10:00pm Gold
Tuesday 16th August 2022 2:00am Gold
Friday 26th August 2022 10:00pm Gold
Saturday 27th August 2022 2:30am Gold
Friday 4th November 2022 9:20pm Gold
Saturday 5th November 2022 2:45am Gold
Monday 21st November 2022 8:00pm Gold
Monday 21st November 2022 10:00pm Gold
Saturday 6th May 2023 11:00pm Gold
Sunday 7th May 2023 2:45am Gold
Saturday 8th July 2023 10:20pm Gold
Sunday 9th July 2023 1:00am Gold
Thursday 27th July 2023 9:20pm Gold
Friday 28th July 2023 12:00am Gold
Monday 4th September 2023 10:00pm BBC2
Thursday 7th September 2023 9:00pm Gold
Thursday 7th September 2023 11:35pm Gold
Thursday 23rd May 2024 10:00pm Gold
Friday 24th May 2024 2:40am Gold
Friday 21st June 2024 10:00pm Gold
Saturday 22nd 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
Jessica Hynes (as Jessica Stevenson) Cheryl Carroll
Guest cast
Doreen Keogh Mary Carroll (Cheryl's Mum)
Peter Martin Joe Carroll (Cheryl's Dad)
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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