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 2, Episode 5 is repeated on Gold on Monday 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


    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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