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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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Cast

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 Craig Cash ...  Dave Best 25 episodes, 1998-2012
Ralf Little ...  Antony Royle / ... 23 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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Country:

UK

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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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Trivia

Caroline Aherne allegedly initially quit the show in 2000, due to a row with Craig Cash, citing that she would not appear on television again. This prompted Ricky Tomlinson to also quit, though both returned in 2006, when Aherne and Cash began working together again, and wrote the Queen of Sheba. See more »

Quotes

Dave Best: 'Ey, I'm rough today me me guts are well off, I had a bad pint last night.
Jim Royle: I bet you washed them down with a few more, though, didn't you.
Antony Royle: How d'ya know if its a bad pint?
Dave Best: Cos you can shit through the eye of a needle.
Jim Royle: Where did you go?
Dave Best: Pear tree.
Jim Royle: Bloody hell, you don't wanna drink in there.
Dave Best: Well, I know that now, don't I?
Jim Royle: Bloody hell, He doesn't clean his pumps him.
Antony Royle: No, actually the lagers all right.
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Connections

Referenced in Granada Reports: 27 February 2018: Evening Bulletin (2018) See more »

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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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