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 Friday at 9:30pm.

The Golden Egg Cup

There's a new buzz in the Royle family household as it is a special time for Jim and Barbara and a celebration (including Twiglets and scotch eggs) is planned.

Further details

The Royle Family. Image shows from L to R: Dave Best (Craig Cash), Denise Royle / Best (Caroline Aherne), Jim Royle (Ricky Tomlinson), Barbara Royle (Sue Johnston). Copyright: Granada Productions / Jellylegs.

Jim and Barbara have received the gift of money from their loving children but what to do with it? Barbara wants to go abroad for the first time, having only been away once on their honeymoon to Ormskirk. Will Jim persuade Barbara that a satellite HD box is a more appropriate way of spending their children's generous gift? Tension mounts, a family discussion ensues and the question is: Where will they go? Down to the shops as Jim suggests or on Barbara's dream holiday to the Bermuda Triangle?


A Jellylegs Production in association with Granada.

Broadcast details

Friday 25th December 2009
60 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
Peter Martin Joe Carroll
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
Saurabh Kakkar Executive Producer
Jon Rolph Executive Producer


The Royle Family Sing Lily Allen

The Royle family sing a Lily Allen song in the car.

Sat Nav

Barbara and the rest of the family get a bit confused about Sat Nav.


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