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I love how this show portrays a normal family so simply. It is such a great watch as they make normal everyday life and conversations so funny to watch.
Based around six family members, always in the living room is just so easy to watch and enjoyable. You have the sterotypical characters of the mum who always does the cleaning etc, the lazy dad who doesnt move. The daughter who gets her mum to do everything and son in law who doesnt say much! You have then got the teenage son who they mainly laugh at and the nan who everyone gets annoyed with but you have to put up with it because she is old!
I especially enjoy watching this on christmas day as tuning into their christmas special has become like a tradition to our family.
I would definately reccommend watching this is you are looking for something new and funny! It is great!
I would suggest this show if you're looking for a light hearted laugh and just need something to relax too. It is definately an easy watch for all the family together.
This is such a great show and each cast member plays their part so well it is just like watching a normal everyday family on tv.
The Royle Family was a very simple idea for a comedy and was first aired on our screens on BBC in 1998 and ran for three series between this year and the year 2000. It was a shame they didn't make more as it was very funny and down to earth and alot of people could relate to it as it was true to life. It is one of most popular British sitcoms made and as well as the series episodes there have been a number of special between 1999 and nearly present day.
The programme itself was almost always set in the living room of the Royle Family in Manchester. They were a portrayal of a family living on benefits and just sat in front of the TV most of the time. Each half hour episode featured conversation between the main characters and was normally very entertaining and funny. Each separate episode moves in real time as they slouch in their living room.
One of the reasons that this comedy is so good is that it features some great characters and their relationship and how they interact with each other is interesting and makes you want to watch more of them. They are all likeable and funny in their own way which is also a great help in making the show successful.
Jim Royle is played by Ricky Tomlinson and he represents the head of the family and the character that has become synonomous with the programme over the years. He is the first character you normally think of when thinking about the programme. He is sarcastic to his family and can be pretty tempremental at times too with a short fuse.
Babara Royle is played by Sue Johnston and is the caring wife of Jime and have a very loving nature but is used by Jim to some degree. THen there is Denise who is the only daughter of Jim and Babara and is played by Caroline Aherne who helped write alot of the episodes. Finally, the last of the main characters that sit around on the sofa is Anthony Royle played by Ralf Little and he is the only son and a slave to some extent to his parents.
The interesting and varied list of characters that appear means the chemistry between them all is fantastic and you feel you can really relate to them all and what they talk about.
If you've never seen this comedy it's well worth watching as is very enjoyable.
The Royle family is a fantastic and clever comedy series. It revolves around the Royle family, which is an ironic surname as they are anything but Royle. The family is headed by Jim Royle (Ricky Tomlinson). He is a lazy, slobby, stingy and crude but the character is so well written, and portrayed that it is hard not to have a soft spot for ole Jim.
Barbara, his long suffering but also lazy wife. is a delicious character. She is downtrodden and hasnt had much in the way of luxury or romance in her marriage to Jim. However her fierce pride and genuine love for her family is heartwarming. This character is played by the wounderful actress Sue Johnston. The way Johnston can just use her body language or facial expressions to convey how Barbara is feeling is just remarkable.
Denise is Jim and Barbara's daughter. She is married to Dave and they have two children. baby david and Norma. Although in the very first series Denise was living at home and courting Dave. We as an audience have been able to follow their relationship and watch the characters develop. Denise is lazy and spoilt. Her lazy persona does sometimes infuriate me particularly since she has had her children. Dave is a great big lanky dope. Whos high pitched voice and soft ways contrast well with Denises no nonsense attitude.
There is also Nana (who has now passed away) but she played a large part in the series. Her love hate relationship with Jim was classic. I believe it portrayed quite a lot of men Jims age and the feelings they have towards the mother in law.
Jim and Barbara's son Anthony is the only one in the family with any get up and go. In the first few series we see how he is constantly nagged whilst living at home. 'Anthony put the kettle on' or'Anthony go to the shops you lazy little git' Now Anthony has grown into a man. He has a child and a really great job with a company car and good money. This makes Barbara and Jim exceptionally proud.
The programme is centred around the sitting room of Jim and Barbaras home. They are all telly addicts and are constantly glued to the google box. It is not a high drama or action comedy as the only explosive moments within the programme are when Jim lifts his leg to trump!!
But I love the show for its brilliant writing. The amazing one liners that make me roar with laughter and even raise a smile when thought about days later. The expert timing of the cast is also second to none. The use of long pauses to create a comedy moment or the eye contact between Jim and Barbara whe he is in a mood is so skillfull.
Although the Royle family are lazy, they all love each other dearly and have a deep rooted desire to look out for one another. On paper if you look at their characteristics such as chain smoking and scraping dogs poo off a trainer over the dishes then you would think you would hate them. But suprisingly its these flawes that make them more loveable and comedic.
Each show lasts half an hour and it is genius in that it always leaves you wanting more. It also has what I call the 'only fools and horses' factor. By this I mean it has the ability to make you roar laughing one moment but have you sobbing with emotion the next. I feel this adds so much depth to the show as you are able to feel compassion and warmth towards the characters.
The shows writers Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash (Who play Denise and Dave) are so talented. To be able to write a script of such high calibre that only ususally invoves the goings on in the front room and kitchen of this house is amazing. To keep the viewers amused and not bored when most of the time all the Royles do is watch tv is so skillfull. But the witty one liners and toilet humour make it a fantastically funny and also dramatically draining show.
The supporting actors which consist of the next door neighbours are worth a mention. The fantastically portrayed Cheryl who is lives next door but is also Denise's best friend is a hillarious character. She is constantly dieting but is always cheating and piling on the pounds. One classic moment was when she was explaining that she was on a nut diet. She then goes on to tell the Royles that she forgot to take her nuts to work so ate three topics and a snickers.
This show is worth a watch if only to see the huge talent of the actors who portray the characters. If you are looking for high drama, colourful scenery and a huge number of characters this show is not for you. But if you are looking for very witty, gritty and heartwarming moments then this is your bag.
Ok own up who has friends or family just like the royle family gang, I think secretely we all have in fact I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THEM!
Sue Johnsson is the glue that hold the whole family together works in a bakery, what Jim does is beyond me but hes so loveable his sayings a known all over Britain my arse! and going for a tom tit ! can be dropped into conversation over lunch in their house, then theres Caroline Aherne who is too lazy to get out of her own way but once again is so fabolously written you love her too, with other characters like Cheryl next door always on a diet and Lurkio their son not his real name obviously but their pet name for him is definetely the gofer in the family a true northern soap that is such a laugh for all ages from grandparents to toddlers its a must have in our house on sky plus no matter how many times we have seen them from the sentimental heart to heart with father and daughter as she goes into labour in the bathroom, to the wallpaper stripping to music with potato mashers a classic getting ready for the christening of their first grandchild fabolous..
Oh, is this not the MOST innocuous of situations - a sitcom set almost exclusively in a working class family's sitting room, with an overflowing ashtray and the TV permanently on? On the face of it, one may think - boring, boring. But, that would be to dismiss a show that is not far from being a national treasure.
Written primarily by the ever excellent Craig Cash and Caroline Aherne (Mrs. Merton, Early Doors) with support from other comedy writers Henry Normal and Carmel Morgan, The Royle Family (TRF) has that happy knack of making the most everday phrase or social situation happy and funny at the same time.
There aren't enough external situations to expand to Only Fools and Horses levels, but the degrees of pathos and irony are wrung out until the last drops are expended. Some of the gags are dragged out to tedium sometimes (Cheryl's weight; the never seen Beverley Macca; Jim's arse and gonad juggling, etc) but the show's ability to maintain the comedic content never fails to amaze and delight.
Much of it rests with the strength of the actors, and the range of talents that they bring to bear. (Noting: Sue Johnson's amazing transformation from browbeaten, defeated, breadwinning Barbara to erudite forensic psychologist Dr Grace Foley in Waking the Dead.)
This cast have that priceless ability to fruitfully mine a rich seam of everyday life to great comical effect; together with the likes of Jeffrey Hughes, Aherne and Cash themselves, Ralf Little and the priceless Liz Smith as 'Nana', this is a British situation comedy at its finest; brash, vulgar, crudely lavatorial, but never boring. It's that good, I bought the DVD ...
The idea for the sitcom the royle family seems like such a boring and pointless idea, a sitcom based around a family who basically just sit in there living room watching tv, drinking tea and talking about every day things. This couldn't be further from the truth though as the royle family is in my opinion probally one of the best and funnyest british sitcoms that has been on tv in the last ten years ( apart from the office ).
Watching the royle family is almost like you've got a camera watching the next door neighbours live out there daily lives, it just seems so mundane and realistic. I guess this is the winning formula behind this amazing true to life sitcom.
The characters are all played brilliantlly, Ricky Tomlinson as jim royle is so good in this role he plays it to perfection, although that can be said about all the cast no one really lets the side down in any way.
There have been three series and two or three special episodes of the royle family to date and i think there is talk of more to come ( let's hope so anyway ).
This sitcom has abit of everything in it, it's hysterically funny never dull and quite sad in places very much like real life. I have watched all the episodes so many time that i know them almost word for word, a sign of a really great comedy. If you've never seen an episode of the royle family i would suggest tracking it down immediately, all series and episodes are avalible to buy on dvd or if you have sky they are always being shown on tv channel uk gold.
5 out of 5 stars
The Royle Family! I think if we were all honest we would all admit that there are tiny bits of each of us in this family.
This show, shown on BBC, is literally set in the front room of the Royle household. There's Jim (Rickly Tomlinson), the father, who doesn't lift his finger or move out of his chair, Barbara, the mum (Sue Johnston) and their two children (Caroline Aherne) and of course Nana.
Each show focuses on an evening with the Royles, either watching a certain TV show, or talking about the next door neighbours latest operation. It's a very funny show, I think because we all recognise aspects of the characters, or at least we know people like them. Their's no ground breaking plot, or twists and turns in the story line, it's purely observational, but I think that's why I like it so much. You feel as if you are part of the family, with a fly on the wall view of life behind the windows of any one of the 1,000's of terraced houses in England.
I love The Royle Family for my this is where my Sky pays for itself as I am always watching repeats of the show in UK Gold (sorry cant remember what they have changed its name to)
The show is a comedy based on a family, the main characters are
Jim Royle - dad of the family played by Ricky Tomlinson
Jim is overweight, lazy, unemployed, opinionated and grumpy. The is very preoccupied with the amount of money the family spends, particularly how much his daughter wedding is going to cost him. But even after saying all this he is so loveable and his favourite say is "my arse" and I think like many people this saying is one I now use.
Barbara Royle - mum of family played by Sue Johnston
Barbara is the mother of the family and the only wage earner, one episode show her practising for her new job in the bakers. Like most wife's she is the most diplomatic member of the family and is always try's to settle arguments.
Anthony Royle - son of the family played by Ralf Little
Is the dogs body of the family always the one to pop to the shops for every ones fags or to put the kettle on. Tho later in the shows he comes in to his own a bit as he meets a girl from a well to do family and they become a couple.
Norma Speakman - is Barbara mum and is played by Liz Smith
Norma is known by most of the cast as nana. Jim and Norma share a dislike for each other and are always bickering with Barbara trying to keep the peace between them. Norma is always talking about her death and is very fond of a drink, but thinks she has hid this from her family which she hasn't.
Denise Best / Royle - is the daughter of the family and is played by Caroline Aherne
Is the daughter of the family and is very lazy and spends most of her time sitting on her bum. She has a reason why she cant do any thing and this changes all the time, she gets marries and has a baby during the series. Even once she moves out of home she is often there to visit or just to get he baby looked after and her food cooked.
David Best - Denise's husband played by Craig Cash
David is husband to Denise and is very hen pecked by her and always does as he is told. The is a furniture remover and also works part time with his mobile disco. David has fitted in very well in to the Royle family and is seen as part of the family.
The show does not leave the Royles house. Most episode are centred in the living room where the family are sitting in front of the TV, with lots of banter between them and they sit and smoke, drink and eat.
During the series there is a wedding , christening and a baby being born and even tho you never seen out side the house you feel like you where there with them. This show makes me laugh and laugh and I think I like my people watching I can see a little bit of my family in the Royles.
The show has had two one of special the first one was call The Queen of Sheba. In this episode you see a different side to all the family, nana is ill and has moved in the Royles house. And you see the bond all the family have with her even Jim who says he cant stand her. In the end of this show nana dies and I sat there in tears as not only did I feel sorry for the family but it sort of relived a little of my nana passing over.
The second one of episode call New Sofa was based on Christmas dinner at David and Denise host Christmas dinner at their house. This was the first episode that did not take place in the royle house. Also in this show we got to meet davids mum and dad who have often been talked about (Jim not a fan of David's dad as he on disability as Jim is mad that he gets money) but we have never seen.
This show is one of the best around and if you have never seen it please go and watch it
The Royle Family is without doubt one of the finest comedies ever to grace our TV screens. I defy anyone to watch an episode and not see something in the Royle's that they don't see in a friend or relative.
I saw clips of this when it was first released on BBC1 and to me it looked rubbish. A comedy set completely inside a front room, with the family mostly watching TV, with no audience laughter.... What a load of rubbish I thought!
How wrong I was!
Finally I caught an episode of the third series, I think it may have been when Jim (Ricky Tomlinson) and Twiggy (Geoffrey Hughes) attempt to decorate the dining room (I say attempt, as you find out later that they never did finish it) and was instantly hooked.
Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash who wrote the Royle Family produced pure gold here with their unique comedy (At the time), no live audience and no laughter was a brave decision, but this allows the viewer to almost feel like part of the family when watching.
Sat watching the family watching TV, eating dinner or just chatting about nothing really does remind you of certain friends and family members. The humour is down to earth and honest, the sort of humour and laughter you find in every day life, rather than jokes and silly situations just for the sake of getting a laugh, which almost all comedies rely on.
Not that there's anything wrong with that at all, but Aherne and Cash made a very brave decision in my opinion by opting for this route of comedy genius. As it had hardly been done at the time.
For those who have never seen The Royle Family, the show is based on a typical Northern family, albeit exaggerated, who spend most of their days and nights sat in front of the TV talking, arguing and basically doing what so many families do in life when they are at home.
Obviously not every family spends their day's sat in front of the TV, but I'm guessing a lot do lol.
The main characters include the family (The Royle's), who consist of.....
Jim (Ricky Tomlinson) - Dad
Barbara (Sue Johnston) - Mum
Denise (Caroline Aherne) - Eldest Daughter
Dave (Craig Cash) - Denise's husband
Anthony (Ralph Little) - Youngest son
Nana (Liz Smith) - Erm... Nana
Along the way other characters are introduced, including neighbours Mary (Doreen Keogh), Joe (Peter Martin) and daughter Cheryl (Jessica Stephenson).
Twiggy (Geoffrey Hughes)
Darren (Andrew Whyment)
Emma (Sheridan Smith)
As well as characters who are mentioned but never seen....
Julie from Argos
Black Roy and his white wife
and many more
When you consider that all of the 3 series are set inside the Royle Home and never ventures outside the four walls, a bit like Jim who spends most of his time sat in his armchair, then it just goes to highlight what great writing was produced to make this comedy a huge success.
It has to be great if a comedy is going to succeed in such a small environment, as with great shows like Porridge, Fawlty Towers, etc.
Although the Royle Family is very funny and there are some jokes and funny moments thrown in, what provides most of the comedy is simply every day situations and dialogue between the characters.
Most comedy shows rely on the background, jokes, one liners and funny situations, etc to grab the laughs, but with the Royle Family the majority of the humour comes simply from the family sat in front of the TV talking. Nothing spectacular is happening for the most part and when you sit and watch the family together you really can see similarities between the Royle's and their friends and your own family and friends.
I mean, who doesn't know a character roughly like Jim? Who spends a lot of time sitting and moaning in his favourite armchair, moaning about the World and the price of everything.
A Mum like Barbara who works hard, does everything at home and is always trying to keep the family together.
There are also some moments throughout the three series' which remind the viewer of the familiarity of family life...
In series 1 Dave turns up at the house usually after dinner and is always asked 'What d'you have for dinner Dave?'
Continued with both Dave and Denise in series 2 and 3.
The show moves on very nicely from start to finish. In series one Dave and Denise are preparing for their Wedding day. This is the ongoing storyline of the entire first series.
In series two Dave and Denise discover they are having their first baby and most of the 2nd series centres around their build up to the big day.
The final series shows the married couple after their baby (Baby David) is born and how the family cope with having a baby around.
Throughout these ongoing story lines we see how a typical family cope with everyday life. Of course it's slightly exaggerated in parts but generally the humour and laughs that come out of such trivial chat and situations is so true to life that I think it's why this show is so popular with most.
I find that most people who say they don't like the show have actually never sat and watched it, so don't know just how good it is.
I felt exactly the same before I'd actually seen the show, and thought... and expected it to be boring and unfunny, but it is the complete opposite to that.
And like most good shows, once you get to know the characters you want to keep watching to see what happens in their lives, even though in this case they spend most of their time in front of the TV.
Since the original three series' there have also been Christmas specials, which have remained funny, and for the first time ever (In the last special) the Royle's finally ventured outside of their house and half of the episode was set inside Dave and Denise's flat, which previously had never been seen.
The Royle Family is certainly one of those unique shows that I think will last the test of time. Throughout the three series' there are references to what period of time the show is set, like when the family discuss what they are doing for the Millennium, but for the most part you could watch this and you wouldn't have a clue what time frame this was set in.
If you have never watched the show and expect it to be unfunny because it is set 100% inside the house, and mostly in front of the TV then don't let this put you off. The writing, the cast list and the humour is not what you will expect before you've seen it. This really is one fantastic comedy that will have you thinking 'That is just like Uncle .......' or 'That is just like Mum' :o)
And above all it will make you laugh.
The Royal Family is a british institution, and no I am not talking about the real Royal Family, but the brillaint BBC TV show. When it first started it was on BBC 2, as it was thought it was not going to be popular, but they were wrong, and has become one of this countries most favourite comedy ever produced. The main series has now unfortunately finished, but there is the odd special shown on BBC 1, such as christmas or New Year, they always say it will be the last one, but every year, there it is on our screens, we cant get enough. One of the greatest show I have seen, this is so funny, you will be rolling the floor in laughter.
There are so many different actors in this show, portraying brilliant characters. My favourite character has to be Jim, who is an over weight, loud, and lazy man, who likes to sit in his chair and watch TV all of the time. His family is just plain werid, which makes it so funny, and extremely watchable. His daughter has to be one of the most gullible people on TV, and Denise always has mad ideas about how to bring up her child, baby David (so funny).
I cant wait until next christmas, when I hope there will be a new episode, as last christmas's special was one of the best ever, apart from the one when Nana dies, which was just so emotional.
This is one of the few classic British sitcoms of recent years. Wonderfully written by Caroline Aherne (who was fantastic as chat show host Mrs Merton - a UK version of Dame Edna) and Craig Cash, both of whom star in the show as married couple Denise and Dave.
The show centres around the Royle family living room and kitchen and rarely wanders outside of this domain (the 2008 Christmas special, set mostly in Denise and Dave's place, being a noteable exception).
Jim Royle is the central character (perfectly played by wise cracking scouser Ricky Tomlinson) and is mainly found rooted to his armchair, TV remote control welded into his right hand. He is opinionated, lewd, rude and incrediably witty. His long-suffering wife Barbara is played by Sue Johnson (who also appeared alongside Ricky in Brookside many years ago) who is the glue that sticks this dysfunctional family together. Ralf Little played Denise's brother, Antony, who was constantly pestered by the other, sofa bound, family members to do chores such as "fetch us a cup of tea"
Barbara's mum, Nana as she was known, was played by actress Liz Smith.
A special episode covered her death and this was a real tearjerker, with a mix of poignancy, black humour and great family tenderness.
The scripts are first rate, the acting excellent and it a national TV treasure.
The Royle Family is a great comedy which was written by and also starred Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash, alongside them were Ricky Tomlinson as Jim Royle and Sue Johnston as his wife and mother to Denise (Aherne) Barbara. Craig Cash played Denise fiancee Dave and subsequently her husband in the series.
This was a wonderfully simple comedy which involved the family sitting in the living room watching TV and talking however it is one of the funniest shows on TV, this years xmas special was excellent and also marked a number of firsts, the main one being that for the first time ever Jim and Barbara actually got off the couch and there was a whole new set when they had xmas with Denise and Dave, the other first was that Denise actually cooked something other than dairy lee on toast but needless to say the food was a disaster.
The quality in this comedy comes from the attention to detail, the little mannerisms and looks fom one character to the next, the sharp dialogue and double edged compliments that fly around the room. Thi is a complicated comedy made to look wonderfuly simple.
The royle family has captured the hearts of all British people, of whatever social standing from it's debut on the BBC all those years ago.
Whether we laugh at the characters or simply want to be part of their fun filled days, there is something particularly captivating about watching their every move. Although the principal characters give the viewers enough to enjoy, there is always a small visit from dave, twiggy or cheryl to brighten up an episode. Now of course, that the main episodes have finished, there is nothing we can look forward to more than the christmas specials. It's marvellous to see how the characters have developed over the years, and it's fascinating that our hearts can still be warmed by their meaningless conversation.
My main criticism of the programme is the insanely dull musical sessions that everyone seems to adore. Watching Jim Royle with a banjo chanting horrendous lyrics, doesn't really quite cut it for me. You might find yourself fast forwarding through this
I cannot wait for next year, even though I've just had my yearly dose of fresh royle family episodes. We can only hope that there will be a full series to entertain us sometime in the next few years, because it really was a BBC loss when this series finished.
The Royle Family is a huge comedy hit series, which ran for 3 series before retiring, and now produces a special episode every so often.
It starred Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston, Craig Cash, Caroline Ahern and Ralf Little, as a typical 'lazy english family' who basically spend all their time sitting in their living room and talking.
The show was, and still is, such a big hit as it showed a typical family, that viewers could relate to, and the jokes in it are funny in the way that viewers have been there themselves, so it is totally believeable.
Ricky Tomlinson is the main character, the 'dad of the family', who sits in his armchair all day and complains about everything. Sue Johnston is his ever-trying wife, who is very patient with the family, and seems to always be trying to make the best of things.
The series is written by Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash, who also star in the show as the daughter and her partner. They play their parts brilliantly as the lazy daughter, full of big plans but too lazy to actually do anything about it, and the slow, slightly dull boyfriend, who just does what he's told!
A fabulously written show, a well loved family comedy, where the jokes will carry on being funny well into the future. Here's hoping for a 4th series!
The Royle Family has a star-packed cast in the form of Sue Johnston, Ricky Tomlinson and is co-written by Craig Cash and Caroline Aherne who also star in the show that ran for 3 series before being retired to specials (though a come-back series is not out of the question).
It is a very simple kind of humour, mainly being that which can be related to by its viewers who either are like the characters or know people like them. The lazy family spend 99% of the time in the living room discussing how they don't have time to do things, with Ricky Tomlinson (Jim Royle) complaining about everything exclaiming "My Arse" to various things.
The show is filmed at-their-level most of the time meaning you feel that you are really there. It had and continues to have a large following of loyal viewers who eagerly await news on christmas specials (the latest of which being this christmas) or a new series.
Classic Comedy Moment:-
Barbera: no mam, she's a vegetarian
Nana: not even some wafer thin ham barbera?
Nana: oh it is a shame for you love
Summary: very dry comedy with great characters that you can relate to
Writers Craig Cash and Caroline Aherne's knack of capturing every nuance of character and dialogue made the sitting room of the titular Royles a must-see for an ever-growing audience. Viewers simply dropped in to this Northern family's conversations and watched them channel-hop and discuss various everyday subjects.