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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When first offered to the BBC, head of comedy Geoffrey Perkins, wanted it made in the style of a traditional TV sitcom ie. in front of a studio audience and recorded on multiple studio video cameras. However Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash insisted it be made in their preferred style: on a closed set and shot on a single 16mm film camera. See more »


Barbara Royle: [in a discussion of homosexuals] Well, I don't care what anybody is - I don't care whether they're gay, straight or Australian. It's what they're like as a person that matters.
Jim Royle: Aye, aye Barb', steady on there, will ya? This ain't Live Aid you know, its just my bloody birthday.
Barbara Royle: Oh, you're a sarcastic bugger you are Jim!
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Referenced in Comedy Connections: Dinnerladies (2006) See more »


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A different kind of comedy
22 July 2003 | by (Manchester England) – See all my reviews

This is about a family and their every day lives. There's Jim the foul-mouthed lazy father who likes to save cash, Barbara- the dippy mother, Denise- the lazy daughter who tries to find her way out of looking after her son (only in the third series!) and Anthony- the teenage lad who gets treated like a skivvy by the rest of the family!! Of course there's Nana, Dave (Denise's husband). their next door neighbours- Joe, Mary and Cheryl (who is constantly trying to lose weight). Each series is full of rude jokes, witty lines and tons of everyday gossip in front of the television!!!

This is incredibly funny. Ricky Tomlinson has some classic lines- he is definetly the star of this show. It has some right witty lines in it without all that canned laughter spoiling the atmosphere.

Don't knock it til you watched it!!!

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