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The Royle Family 

A British sitcom about a family going through everyday life in the Royle family house.
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23 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Ricky Tomlinson ...  Jim Royle 25 episodes, 1998-2012
Sue Johnston ...  Barbara Royle 25 episodes, 1998-2012
Caroline Aherne ...  Denise Best / ... 25 episodes, 1998-2012
Craig Cash ...  Dave Best 25 episodes, 1998-2012
Ralf Little ...  Antony Royle / ... 22 episodes, 1998-2010
Jessica Hynes ...  Cheryl Carroll 13 episodes, 1998-2010
Liz Smith ...  Norma Speakman 11 episodes, 1998-2006
Peter Martin ...  Joe Carroll 11 episodes, 1998-2012
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A British sitcom about a family going through everyday life in the Royle family house.

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Trivia

In the second season, Antony Royle (Ralf Little) began dating Emma Kavanagh (Sheridan Smith), but we don't meet her until his eighteenth birthday. This wasn't the first time the two dated each other, as they played Janet and Jonny in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (2001). See more »

Quotes

Barbara Royle: [talking about Cheryl] Have you asked her to be bridesmaid?
Denise Royle: Aw, yeah, aw, she was thrilled.
Jim Royle: Bridesmaid, my arse, she'll look like a bloody Easter egg on legs.
Antony Royle: Yeah, and the only reason you're having her as a bridesmaid is to make you look better.
Denise Royle: Get lost, Anthony!
Barbara Royle: Is she really on a diet?
Denise Royle: Yeah.
Barbara Royle: D'ya think she'll ever get married?
Antony Royle: Who'd have her?
Jim Royle: Stevie Wonder.
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Connections

References Tattoo (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Half The World Away
Written by Noel Gallagher
Performed by Oasis
Track 3 of the "Whatever" single release
Creation Records CRESCD195
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True Lives
11 December 2000 | by Budd-5See 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Familia Royle See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(18 episodes) | (2 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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