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 1 is repeated on Gold on Sunday at 10:20pm.

Series 3, Episode 6

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...


This episode is sometimes known by the unofficial title Christening.

Broadcast details

Monday 27th November 2000
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
Liz Smith Norma Speakman
Andrew Whyment Darren Sinclair-Jones
Guest cast
Geoffrey Hughes Twiggy (Friend Of The Family)
Doreen Keogh Mary Carroll (Cheryl's Mum)
Peter Martin Joe Carroll (Cheryl's Dad)
Sheridan Smith Emma Kavanagh (Antony's First Girlfriend)
Sally Lindsay Michelle (Twiggy's Girlfriend)
John Delaney PJ
Writing team
Caroline Aherne Writer
Craig Cash Writer
Ricky Tomlinson Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Caroline Aherne Director
Kenton Allen Producer
Andy Harries Executive Producer

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