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The Royle Family (1998– )

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A British sitcom about a family going through everyday life in the Royle family house.

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Series cast summary:
 Jim Royle (25 episodes, 1998-2012)
 Barbara Royle (25 episodes, 1998-2012)
Caroline Aherne ...
 Denise Best / ... (25 episodes, 1998-2012)
Craig Cash ...
 Dave Best (25 episodes, 1998-2012)
 Antony Royle / ... (23 episodes, 1998-2010)
 Cheryl Carroll (13 episodes, 1998-2010)
Liz Smith ...
 Norma Speakman (11 episodes, 1998-2006)
Peter Martin ...
 Joe Carroll (11 episodes, 1998-2012)


A British sitcom about a family going through everyday life in the Royle family house.

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Release Date:

14 September 1998 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Familien Royle  »

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(18 episodes) | (2 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ralph Little (Antony Royal) played Joy Division/New Order bassist, Peter Hook in 24 Hour Party People. Peter Hook was once married to Caroline Aherne (Denise Royal). See more »


Norma Speakman: May God forgive you Jim Royle for talking ill of the dead like that.
Jim Royle: I wasn't speaking ill of the dead, I was speaking about you, the living bloody dead!
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True Lives
11 December 2000 | by (Cork, Ireland) – See all my reviews

The Royle Family is successful because it's true. Political-correctness is non-existent in this household as it is in most. The dwelling is a mess. Who's house isn't? And the dialogue is never intelligent. It's silly, it's crude, but because it touches so close to reality, it's very, very funny.

Performances are perfect. The script is dead-on. The direction is perfect in that it is unobtrusive.

It is a strange ride watching the Royles. Most episodes are set entirely in front of the TV screen. So it often becomes a "Truman Show" experience as the Camera seems to be placed in the TV. Their lives are so real. And it is filmed in documentary style. It is the ultimate voyeuristic experience.

Royle Family is a remarkable TV show. There is none like it. The fact that only six episodes are created a year helps to keep the show fresh. We will never become bored of these characters. Far from it. We would love to see more of this household.

I urge you to watch an episode. From start to finish. There won't be any big scene to catch your attention but the entire episode will keep you entertained. And when the credits roll I guarantee you'll miss them when they're gone.

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