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.

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The New Sofa

Inspired by Nigella, Denise tries to cook Christmas dinner for the family. To Jim's dismay, Dave's Mum and Dad are invited.

Preview clips

Further details

The last time Jim, Barbara, Denise and Dave were seen, viewers were moved to tears as they witnessed the moving and compassionate passing of Nana. Jim and Barbara still bait one another in their cosy (but over-decorated) room; Denise and Dave still aspire to better things as they prepare for Christmas morning; and Twiggy barges in on Christmas Eve with his unique take on life. Only poor, down-trodden Antony is missing who, viewers are told, is babysitting for Denise and Dave at his own home this year. As Denise remarks: "Well, it's not a day for kids, is it - Christmas?"


A Jellylegs Production in association with Granada.

Broadcast details

Thursday 25th December 2008
60 minutes


  1. Friday 10th December 2021 at 12:40am on Gold
  2. Friday 10th December 2021 at 9:40pm on Gold
  3. Tuesday 14th December 2021 at 10:35pm on Gold
  4. Wednesday 15th December 2021 at 2:20am on Gold
  5. Friday 24th December 2021 at 12:55am on Gold

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 29th November 2009 10:25pm BBC1
Friday 17th December 2010 10:00pm Gold
Friday 24th December 2010 11:00pm Gold
Friday 9th December 2011 12:45am Gold
Friday 9th December 2011 10:00pm Gold
Sunday 25th December 2011 10:40pm Gold
Monday 26th December 2011 10:00pm Gold
Monday 6th August 2012 10:50pm Gold
Tuesday 7th August 2012 2:00am Gold
Sunday 19th August 2012 11:35pm Gold
Sunday 21st October 2012 2:00am Gold
Sunday 21st October 2012 11:20pm Gold
Saturday 17th November 2012 9:00pm Gold
Sunday 18th November 2012 12:10am Gold
Saturday 15th December 2012 10:00pm Gold
Sunday 16th December 2012 12:40am Gold
Friday 28th December 2012 9:00pm Gold
Saturday 29th December 2012 12:35am Gold
Friday 22nd March 2013 9:00pm Gold
Saturday 23rd March 2013 1:05am Gold
Tuesday 16th July 2013 10:00pm Gold
Wednesday 17th July 2013 1:25am Gold
Friday 22nd November 2013 9:00pm Gold
Saturday 23rd November 2013 12:40am Gold
Monday 9th December 2013 10:00pm Gold
Tuesday 10th December 2013 1:00am Gold
Monday 18th August 2014 11:00pm Gold
Tuesday 19th August 2014 2:00am Gold
Monday 8th December 2014 10:00pm Gold
Tuesday 9th December 2014 12:40am Gold
Friday 11th December 2015 9:10pm Gold
Saturday 12th December 2015 12:30am Gold
Sunday 3rd January 2016 9:00pm Gold
Friday 22nd January 2016 12:00am Gold
Tuesday 15th March 2016 10:00pm Gold
Wednesday 16th March 2016 1:50am Gold
Wednesday 8th June 2016 9:40pm Gold
Wednesday 23rd November 2016 10:40pm Gold
Sunday 4th December 2016 10:40pm Gold
Monday 5th December 2016 9:00pm Gold
Monday 12th December 2016 10:20pm Gold
Sunday 25th December 2016 10:15pm Gold
Monday 11th December 2017 9:00pm Gold
Tuesday 12th December 2017 1:00am Gold
Monday 25th December 2017 10:25pm Gold
Tuesday 26th December 2017 1:45am Gold
Monday 5th February 2018 9:20pm Gold
Tuesday 6th February 2018 3:00am Gold
Monday 24th December 2018 10:30pm BBC1
Tuesday 25th December 2018 12:00am Gold
Thursday 4th July 2019 9:40pm Gold
Friday 5th July 2019 1:50am Gold
Sunday 8th December 2019 10:40pm Gold
Monday 9th December 2019 1:35am Gold
Monday 16th December 2019 10:00pm Gold
Friday 20th December 2019 10:40pm Gold
Saturday 21st December 2019 2:00am Gold
Sunday 22nd March 2020 10:20pm Gold
Monday 7th December 2020 9:00pm Gold
Tuesday 8th December 2020 1:30am Gold
Thursday 17th December 2020 10:40pm Gold
Saturday 12th June 2021 11:00pm Gold
Friday 3rd December 2021 9:40pm Gold
Saturday 4th December 2021 1:40am Gold

Cast & crew

Ricky Tomlinson Jim Royle
Sue Johnston Barbara Royle
Caroline Aherne Denise Royle / Best
Craig Cash Dave Best
Guest cast
Geoffrey Hughes Twiggy (Friend Of The Family)
Helen Fraser Jocelyn
Tom Courtenay David (Senior)
Writing team
Caroline Aherne Writer
Craig Cash Writer
Phil Mealey Writer
Production team
Caroline Aherne Director
John Rushton Producer
Caroline Aherne Executive Producer
Craig Cash Executive Producer
Phil Mealey Executive Producer
Cheryl Taylor Executive Producer
Rebecca Papworth Executive Producer
Saurabh Kakkar Executive Producer
Ian Wilson Editor
Margaret Coombes Production Designer


2008 Christmas Special

A clip from the 2008 Christmas special.

Featuring: Ricky Tomlinson (Jim Royle), Sue Johnston (Barbara Royle) & Caroline Aherne (Denise Royle / Best).

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