The Royle Family was a British television sitcom produced by ITV Studios for the BBC, which ran for three series from 1998–2000, and specials from 2006–12. It centres on the lives of a scruffy television-fixated Manchester family, the Royles, comprising family patriarch Jim, his wife Barbara, their daughter Denise, their son Antony and Denise’s fiancé (later husband) David.
The series features simple production values and a stereotypical portrayal of working-class family life at the turn of the millennium. It therefore has something in common with kitchen sink drama. Almost all of the episodes take place in the Royles’ home, largely in the telly-centric living room, with the humour derived from the conversations held therein. A sixth special episode was set to be written, but Caroline Aherne died on July 2, 2016, effectively ending the programme.
Notable Cast & Crew
- Ricky Tomlinson, “Jim Royle”
- Sue Johnston, “Barbara Royle”
- Caroline Aherne, “Denise Best”
- Ralf Little, “Antony James Royle”
- Craig Cash, “Dave Best”
- Liz Smith, “Nana”
- Jessica Hynes, “Cheryl Carroll”
- Geoffrey Hughes, “Twiggy”
- Sheridan Smith, “Emma Kavanagh”
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