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 today at 10:20pm.

Press Clippings

Why the mum is TV's most compelling character

Parental comedy Motherland is back - a reminder that some of pop culture's most watchable matriarchs are anything but perfect.

Nell Frizzell, The Guardian, 10th May 2021

BBC to broadcast The Festival Of Funny

The BBC has announced The Festival Of Funny. Running across its TV, radio and online channels from late February to mid-March, the festival will see fourteen hours of new content broadcast.

British Comedy Guide, 15th February 2021

Royle Family content warning is more offensive than Jim

The BBC's Royle Family 'content warning' is more offensive than anything Jim Royle ever said.

Who is the idiot trawling through the archives looking for imaginary offence in one of our warmest, wisest sitcoms?

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 14th January 2021

Royle Family 2009 Xmas special had disastrous blunder

After days of hard work filming integral scenes, there was horror when the footage came back from the processing lab. Two days worth of filming was for The Golden Egg Cup was ruined - putting the whole episode in jeopardy. And it came at a staggering cost - £100,000.

Kyle O'Sullivan, The Mirror, 24th December 2020

iPlayer adds Vicar Of Dibley, Catherine Tate and Royle Family

BBC iPlayer has added all the episodes of The Vicar Of Dibley, The Catherine Tate Show and The Royle Family. Further box sets are to follow, including Blackadder and Gimme Gimme Gimme.

British Comedy Guide, 24th October 2020

Ricky Tomlinson and Sue Johnston abandon plans for care home sitcom

Ricky Tomlinson and Sue Johnston have abandoned plans to reunite for a Royle Family spin-off set in a care home.

British Comedy Guide, 22nd July 2020

Poll reveals the best sitcom Christmas specials

The finale of The Office has been voted as the best TV Christmas sitcom special by readers of Radio Times.

British Comedy Guide, 11th December 2019

Fawlty Towers tops Radio Times greatest British sitcom list

Fawlty Towers has come out top of a list of the greatest British sitcoms, as compiled by Radio Times magazine.

British Comedy Guide, 9th April 2019

Which is the best Christmas special of all time?

As the festive TV schedules are received with the usual grumbles, Amelia Tait gets scientific about what makes the perfect Christmas sitcom.

Amela Tait, i Newspaper, 22nd December 2018

When sitcom gets serious

I have been thinking about the power of pathos in sitcom.

A Dose Of David Mitchell, 4th October 2018