The Royle Family (1998–2012)
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The Golden Egg Cup 

Jim and Barbara have received the gift of money from their children - but what to do with it? Barbara wants to finally go abroad, while Jim favours buying an HD satellite box.


Caroline Aherne


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Episode cast overview:
Caroline Aherne ... Denise Best
Craig Cash Craig Cash ... Dave Best
Ricky Tomlinson ... Jim Royle
Sue Johnston ... Barbara Royle
Ralf Little ... Antony Royle
Jessica Hynes ... Cheryl Carroll (as Jessica Stevenson)
Peter Martin ... Joe Carroll


On his and Barbara's wedding anniversary Jim is annoyed that everybody seems to have forgotten it and,even after a surprise party,is cross that their only gift is a golden egg cup. Barbara wants to celebrate the anniversary abroad but has to make do with a caravan park in Prestatyn with the Bests. Unfortunately it is the off season,with no amenities or television in the trailer,so,after a miserable evening playing parlour games,they return home - where Barbara breaks the golden egg cup. Written by don @ minifie-1

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25 December 2009 (UK) See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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Jim Royle: If you want something done around here, do it your bloody self. Barb get up there love!
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24 February 2010 | by manimal99See all my reviews

The Royle Family is a true classic of British comedy. Funny, inventive and with warm, realistic characters its certainly one of the highlights of the last few years.

However, having seen this episode shown at Christmas I have to say it seems to have lost its way. This feels like a reasonable 30 minute episode was stretched too thinly out to a full hour.

** Spoiler Alert ** taking the cast out of the family home and away on holiday was a big mistake in my view - a lazy plot device to try and inject some life into the series, and with even lazier (and unfunny) padding of the script by getting the characters to sing along to a song in the car, or asking each other what they want for dinner. The writers have used this before in the series and whilst funny the first time now it just feels old hat.

If you are a fan of the classic series, then this is probably best avoided.

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