The Royle Family

The Queen of Sheba (29 Oct. 2006)

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Frail and poorly Nanna is now permanently in bed in the Royles' sitting room,causing Jim to sulk when she swaps the battery from the remote for her fan. Antony has split from Emma but ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Caroline Aherne ...
Craig Cash ...
Ralf Little ...
Liz Smith ...
Cheryl Carroll (as Jessica Stevenson)
Doreen Keogh ...
Peter Martin ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Cash ...
Harry Cash ...
John Delaney ...
Dave Howarth ...
Steve Huison ...
Derek (Sheryl's Boyfriend)


Frail and poorly Nanna is now permanently in bed in the Royles' sitting room,causing Jim to sulk when she swaps the battery from the remote for her fan. Antony has split from Emma but brings their little boy Lewis to visit whilst little David tries out his judo moves. Cheryl brings a succession of boyfriends to visit,the nervous Derek,whose ginger hair reminds Nanna of 'Annie',paint-balling Slash and a rabbi called Solomon. Denise gives birth to a daughter,named Norma after Nanna,which delights the old lady but,just as Barbara is looking forward to having her floors laminated throughout,the worst happens and Nanna slips away. It is a sad moment and even Jim sheds a tear. However Nanna has told Denise she wants her wake to be a jolly one so the family obliges. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Difficult to watch... almost.
12 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

The Royle family always seemed to be a light show that you watched and enjoyed, without the deep and the meaningful to worry about.

Then this. The comedy is the same - smart, brilliant, without pause - but there is a touching story about Nana thrown in that constantly looms over the episode, and will likely reduce anyone watching to tears.

And they pulled it off. The acting is authentic, believable, and real. The characters are lovable, relatable - you can sympathise and empathise with them. It manages to be an emotional journey unlike where the Royle Family has ventured before, without taking away from the 'on the sofa jokes' we love.

This hour of brilliance is, for me personally, the greatest achievement for the show. It isn't the first episode I'd think of were I looking for some quick comedy, but it is the episode we will all remember.

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