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.

Series 1, Episode 4 is repeated on Gold today at 9pm.

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


  1. Monday 17th February 2020 at 9:00pm on Gold
  2. Tuesday 18th February 2020 at 12:30am on Gold

Cast & crew

Regular cast
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
Peter Martin Joe Carroll
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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