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 3, Christmas Special is repeated on Gold today at 10:45pm.

Series 3

1. Episode 1

First broadcast: Monday 16th October 2000

It's just a normal evening in at the Royles': Jim's piles are playing up, there's not an awful lot on telly, Antony and Darren are off to the Pear Tree after eating, and Baby David needs his nappy changed.


2. Episode 2

First broadcast: Monday 23rd October 2000

Dave and Denise have left baby David with Bar whilst they go out for the first time - since the last time they went out. When next-door neighbour Joe turns up with an injured hand, Jim's amused by his accident, and soon drops Antony in it. Again.


3. Episode 3

First broadcast: Monday 30th October 2000

Jim's stripping the wallpaper in the dining room, and has roped Twiggy in to help. Balking at the £15/day charge for steamer hire, before long the whole family are attacking the walls with all manner of flat, sharp-edged implements.


4. Episode 4

First broadcast: Monday 6th November 2000

Nana's friend Elsie has died. Norma's distraught; enough to need to stay at the Royles' for a couple of nights, but apparently not too upset to plan what of Elsie's belongings she should take from her home.


5. Episode 5

First broadcast: Monday 13th November 2000

Nana's round again, and Antony's planning a trip to London. Jim's none-too complimentary about his dreams, but Denise has had enough of their father's harsh comments.


6. Episode 6

First broadcast: Monday 27th November 2000

Baby David's freshly Christened, and the family are having a proper knees-up in celebration. As the Royle clan and their closest friends gather in the sitting room, Denise and Dave sneak upstairs for a quiet moment with the little one. But Antony's got an announcement...


Christmas Special: The Royle Family At Christmas

First broadcast: Monday 25th December 2000

It's Christmas Day, and Baby David's first birthday. It's also the Royles' first opportunity to meet Emma's parents, who leave Jim with a sour taste in the mouth. However, an unexpected present soon puts a smile back on his hairy face.


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