The Royle Family: Season 3, Episode 7

The Royle Family at Christmas (25 Dec. 2000)

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On Christmas day Darren,Nanna and the Bests - who seem to have raided baby David's savings for their own presents - turn up at the Royles but Jim is annoyed as nobody has bought him ... See full summary »


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On Christmas day Darren,Nanna and the Bests - who seem to have raided baby David's savings for their own presents - turn up at the Royles but Jim is annoyed as nobody has bought him anything. Later Antony brings Emma and her parents,Valerie and Roger. They are clearly much better off than the Royles - Valerie has had implants and Roger has a boat,a personalized number plate and a box at Old Trafford - as well,as he confides to Jim,a mistress. After they have gone an embittered Jim rants to baby David about being a loser though there is compensation when he learns that the family has bought him a present after all,subscription to Sky TV. Written by don @ minifie-1

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I love this episode and consider it to be the finest one in the entire series.No other episode comes close to really bringing out the humour and pathos that the writers managed to create in the shows early years. The family are visited by their son Anthony's soon to be in laws and the differences between the two families soon become apparent.The father of Anthony' girlfriend is in his own words " a self made man" and makes sure everybody knows it and goes through a long tirade about his largess to a bemused Jim and son in law Dave. The episode draws out the real spirit of this fantastic comedy and also has a poignant moment at the end as JIm gives his opinion of the arrogant Roger and his life to baby David his grandson. many people have criticised the recent Christmas efforts and it is sometimes difficult to recreate comedy that is of its time. This episode reflects that reason perfectly as we have two superbly drawn characters Jim Royle the work shy and lazy man possible made redundant in the 80s and the wrong age to start again and Roger the self made millionaire a bi product if the Thatcherite era. Maybe the writers should have stopped it here because I cannot think of a better episode than this in the entire series and I never tire of watching it again and again. Superb performances from all the actors with special mentions to John Henshaw as Roger and Sharon Duce as his spoilt wife.

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