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.

Barbara's Old Ring

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Royles' and Barbara's gone overboard with the presents. "If you can't spoil your family at Christmas, when can you?" she asks, having spent a whole two hours in Poundland.

Further details

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

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Royles' and Barbara's gone overboard with the presents. "If you can't spoil your family at Christmas, when can you?" she asks, having spent a whole two hours in Poundland.

A new neighbour moves onto the street with an impressive cleavage, but will she be welcome on the sofa?

In a flash of seasonal entrepreneurial spirit, Dave reveals the idea he intends to pitch to Dragons' Den. Will it take off and make them rich? Or is Jim's scratch card more likely to bring in the Christmas cheer?

Joe next door is looking for love, and places an advert in the Lonely Hearts column, 'Vacant Lady Wanted'. Who could resist?

Notes

This episode was originally commissioned for Christmas 2011, but Aherne and Cash failed to complete the script in time.

This episode was dedicated to the memory of Geoff Hughes. "A lovely man."

This episode was a Jellylegs production in association with ITV Studios.

Broadcast details

Date
Tuesday 25th December 2012
Time
9:45pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
60 minutes

Repeats

    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Ricky Tomlinson Jim Royle
    Sue Johnston Barbara Royle
    Caroline Aherne Denise Royle / Best
    Craig Cash Dave Best
    Guest cast
    Peter Martin Joe Carroll
    Lorraine Bruce Carol
    Mary Healey Philomena
    Denice Hope Brenda
    Menyee Lai Ling Su
    Marie Mitchell Betty
    Steve Money Petula
    Iris Sharple Elsie
    Sheila Vaughan Doreen
    Writing team
    Caroline Aherne Writer
    Craig Cash Writer
    Phil Mealey Writer
    Production team
    Caroline Aherne Director
    Lucy Ansbro Producer
    Caroline Aherne Executive Producer
    Craig Cash Executive Producer
    Phil Mealey Executive Producer
    Kristian Smith Executive Producer
    Ian Wilson Editor
    Margaret Coombes Production Designer

    Video

    The Royle Family - Christmas 2012 Trailer

    The family talk about good inventions, and Dave makes an interesting suggestion.

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

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