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Encyclopedia > The Royle Family
The Royle Family
Genre Sitcom
Created by Caroline Aherne
Craig Cash
Starring Ricky Tomlinson
Sue Johnston
Caroline Aherne
Ralf Little
Craig Cash
Liz Smith
Opening theme Oasis - Half the World Away
Country of origin Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of episodes 21
Production
Executive
producer(s)
Andy Harries
Producer(s) Glen Wilhide
Running time 28 min. (18 episodes)
45 min. (2 episodes)
60 min. (2006 special)
Broadcast
Original channel BBC
Picture format PAL (576i)
Audio format Stereo
Original run 14 September 199829 October 2006
External links
Official website
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

The Royle Family is a popular, BAFTA award-winning[1] television sitcom produced by Granada Television for the BBC, which ran for three series between 1998 and 2000, with a special episode in late 2006.[2] It concerns the lives of a working class Manchester family, the Royles. This article is about a genre of comedy. ... Caroline Aherne (born 24 December 1963 in Ealing, London) is an English actress and comedian. ... Craig Cash is a popular British comedy writer and performer made famous for playing slightly dull and dopey working-class northern men, particularly Dave Best in the hugely successful BBC sitcom The Royle Family, which he co-wrote along with Caroline Aherne. ... Ricky Tomlinson (born September 26, 1939) is an English actor. ... Sue Johnston (born 7 December 1943) is an English actress. ... Caroline Aherne (born 24 December 1963 in Ealing, London) is an English actress and comedian. ... Ralf Little (born 8 February 1981 in Bury, Greater Manchester) is an English actor, working mainly on television. ... Craig Cash is a popular British comedy writer and performer made famous for playing slightly dull and dopey working-class northern men, particularly Dave Best in the hugely successful BBC sitcom The Royle Family, which he co-wrote along with Caroline Aherne. ... Elizabeth Liz Smith (born 11 December 1921) is a BAFTA-Award winning English actress best known for her roles in the sitcoms The Vicar of Dibley and The Royle Family, and who also appeared in the 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. ... Oasis are an English rock band that formed in Manchester in 1991. ... Half The World Away is a song by British Rock band Oasis. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see PAL (disambiguation). ... 576i is the shorthand name for a video mode. ... Label for 2. ... is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1998 in television involved some significant events. ... is the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 2006 in television involved some significant events. ... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... This article is about a genre of comedy. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ...


The series is remarkable for its simple production and realistic portrayal of working-class family life at the turn of the millennium. It, therefore, has something in common with kitchen sink drama. The scripts contain often banal conversations and episodes commonly revolve around a family occasion, such as the marriage of the family's daughter Denise, the birth of her first child, and the child's christening. All the episodes take place in the Royle's home, which appears to be a typical British council house or similar; most centres on the telly-centric living room. The first series of the show was written by Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash, who also acted in it, along with poet and comedian Henry Normal. In the second series Aherne and Cash were joined by Carmel Morgan, and finally the third series was written by Aherne and Cash alone. Kitchen sink drama was a recognisable British cultural movement in the late 1950s and early 1960s. ... Caroline Aherne (born 24 December 1963 in Ealing, London) is an English actress and comedian. ... Craig Cash is a popular British comedy writer and performer made famous for playing slightly dull and dopey working-class northern men, particularly Dave Best in the hugely successful BBC sitcom The Royle Family, which he co-wrote along with Caroline Aherne. ... Henry Normal is a British comedian, television producer, presenter and writer. ...


In a list of the 100 greatest British television programmes drawn up by the British Film Institute in 2000 and voted on by industry professionals, The Royle Family was placed 31st. In a 2004 poll to find Britain's best sitcom, The Royle Family was placed 19th out of 100 nominations. 100 Greatest British Television Programmes was a list compiled in 2000 by the British Film Institute (BFI) chosen by a poll of industry professionals, to determine what were the greatest British television programmes of any genre ever to have been screened. ... The British Film Institute (BFI) is a charitable organisation established by Royal Charter to encourage the development of the arts of film, television and the moving image throughout the United Kingdom, to promote their use as a record of contemporary life and manners, to promote education about film, television and... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Britains Best Sitcom was a poll conducted in 2003 and 2004 by the BBC to identify the United Kingdoms best situation comedy. ...


The show was made by rival company and 3sixtymedia partner Granada Television. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Contents

Description

The show is a comic and poignant satire of family life. It is most commonly supposed that the series is set in the Manchester suburb of Wythenshawe, where creator Caroline Aherne was raised. In one episode, Dave Best (Craig Cash) asks Jim Royle (Ricky Tomlinson) "did you see County the other day?". This is in reference to Stockport County. It is often assumed that the programme may be set in the Heaton Norris area of Stockport eight miles south of Manchester, birthplace of co-creator Craig Cash. 1867 edition of Punch, a ground-breaking British magazine of popular humour, including a good deal of satire of the contemporary social and political scene. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... “Suburbia” redirects here. ... , Wythenshawe is a district in the south of the City of Manchester, in North West England. ... Caroline Aherne (born 24 December 1963 in Ealing, London) is an English actress and comedian. ... Craig Cash is a popular British comedy writer and performer made famous for playing slightly dull and dopey working-class northern men, particularly Dave Best in the hugely successful BBC sitcom The Royle Family, which he co-wrote along with Caroline Aherne. ... Ricky Tomlinson (born September 26, 1939) is an English actor. ... Stockport County Football Club are an English football club playing in the Football League One. ... Stockport is a large town in the north west of England. ... Craig Cash is a popular British comedy writer and performer made famous for playing slightly dull and dopey working-class northern men, particularly Dave Best in the hugely successful BBC sitcom The Royle Family, which he co-wrote along with Caroline Aherne. ...


A modern comedy of manners, the family rarely do anything other than watch television, banter and occasionally eat, smoke and drink. Every episode takes place in the family home, in the living room and/or kitchen, and only in the final episode does the show move outside the family home (with some scenes taking place in a hospital). Most episodes lack a plot but most have a theme or at least a topic of discussion to hold it together. The show lacks conventional, set-piece jokes. Many of the humorous situations involve awkwardness, badly told jokes, crassness (usually on Jim's part), irony and the fact that the Royle family on the television often reflect the lives of the families watching it. In this it has similarities to the docu-comedy format. The comedy of manners satirizes the manners and affectations of a social class, often represented by stock characters, such as the miles gloriosus in ancient times, the fop and the rake during the Restoration, or an old person pretending to be young. ... Mockumentary (portmanteau of mock documentary. ...


It is shot in single-camera style, with no audience or canned laughter. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Series

The first series ran on BBC Two in 1998, quickly gaining a cult following and was moved to BBC One for the second series in 1999, when it became even more popular. A Christmas special appeared in 1999, followed by a third series and another Christmas special in 2000. This episode was the last when Caroline Aherne decided to move to Australia to escape the press, after a bout of depression and a suicide attempt. After Aherne announced that she would not write or star in any more episodes, Ricky Tomlinson also pulled out to ensure the show's end. However, on April 7, 2006, the BBC announced that Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash were to write a script for a one-off special which was broadcast in the U.K on 29 October 2006.[3] A Christmas television special is typically a one_time, 30 minute animated program aired during the Christmas season. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in western Europe, and a member of the European Union. ... is the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


According to The Sun a Christmas special is currently being written[1]


Characters

The Royles

  • James "Jim" Royle, played by Ricky Tomlinson, is the father and patriarch of the Royle family. Jim was born in the early 1940s and is overweight, unemployed and lazy. Ignorant and boorish, he is prone to being quick-tempered and scathing to those around him. Since he was made redundant during the Thatcher administration of 1979-1990 Jim has been unemployed and is preoccupied with family expenditure and frequently loses his temper over money matters, particularly the burden of daughter Denise's wedding. He is loud-mouthed, opinionated, and very public about his bodily functions (for example, by announcing his visits to the toilet). However, he can also be very affectionate and sentimental. A competent banjo player, he has a raucous belly-laugh (usually in response to his own jokes) and is something of a party animal. He spends an overwhelming amount of time sitting in an armchair watching television.
  • Barbara Royle (née Speakman), played by Sue Johnston, mother and domestic drudge to the Royle family is married to Jim. Barbara is the family's only wage-earner, working part-time at a local bakery. Barbara is a typical motherly figure and is a lot more hard-working than her husband. She often scolds Jim for bad language or improper conversation. Barbara is the most diplomatic family member, often using her soft voice and motherly charm to settle arguments.
  • Antony Royle, played by Ralf Little, born in 1983, is the dogsbody of the family. Son of Jim and Barbara, he is constantly ordered around by the family, performing nearly every errand that needs doing, and seems incapable of standing up to them. In an ironic twist in the later series, Antony becomes street-smart and in the second and third series, becomes the character with a possible 'better' future, in the form of wealthy girlfriend Emma. In series three, it is announced that Antony and Emma are to wed and Emma is also pregnant. By the 2006 special he has become a businessman and dropped into the Royles household on the way to a conference in Milton Keynes, however he and Emma have split up, and it is implied that he has a new girlfriend.
  • Lewis Royle, played by Connor Marsh, Antony and Emma's son.

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The Bests

  • David "Dave" Best, played by Craig Cash, is Denise's husband and father to Baby David. He works as a furniture remover and part-time, mobile disco proprietor. Dave is hen-pecked by Denise, unable to stand up to her unless he is slightly drunk. He settles in with the Royle family well, taking pride of place on their sofa. He likes gammon, and he likes pineapple, but doesn't agree with them together, citing it as mixing "sweet and sour" - eventually prompting Jim to shout "alright Dave we get the picture about the bloody gammo!".
  • Denise Best (née Royle), played by Caroline Aherne, is the neurotic daughter of Jim and Barbara, wife to Dave and mother to Baby David. Denise is portrayed as fussy, greedy and lazy. She and Dave began dating in 1993 and married in 1998. She is unemployed and does very little besides occasionally going to "The Feathers" pub, with a habit of getting drunk, and sitting in the family living room watching the television. Her excuses for not doing chores are adapted to fit the situation. In the second series, she complained about having to carry the baby (explaining her habit of eating and drinking for two) and in the third she was always 'too busy with the baby', despite having people like Cheryl and Emma care for him when she wanted to smoke. She also thought that the fact that Cheryl was his godmother meant that he was Cheryl's responsibility. Throughout the show, Denise frequently mentions an unseen character named Beverly Macca, whom she seems jealous of. In series two and three, Denise and Dave are living in their own house but still come round to the Royle home frequently, this being common in extended families.
  • David Keanu Ronan Best, played by twins Matthew and James Hughes and in 2006 by Craig Cash's son Harry Cash, is Denise and Dave's son, born on December 25, 1999. In one episode, Dave mentions that four previous generations of his family were all called 'David', making the baby David Best V. Baby David is arguably more loved by Dave than Denise, as he spends many hours worrying over the baby and has even constructed a farmyard for him. Denise meanwhile, uses any excuse to avoid spending time with her son. His school suggested he had ADHD but it was revealed instead that he simply could not be bothered to pay attention properly.
  • Norma Orchard Tallulah Porscha Best, Dave and Denise's daughter, born in 2006, named after Nana.
  • Mr David & Mrs Best are Dave's parents, and are never seen throughout the entire series. Dave's father is apparently disabled, although Jim has implied on occasion that he believes he is faking it to avoid work, the irony being that Jim avoids work at every opportunity and even claims benefits. Dave's mum is a less well known character, although she did buy a suit from Marks and Spencer for Dave and Denise's wedding which prompted Barbara to buy a more expensive suit so as to “not let the side down”.

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The Speakmans

  • Norma Jean Speakman, played by Liz Smith, is Barbara's mother and is known to the family (and several of their friends) as Nana, with only Jim calling her by her first name. Norma appears in most episodes; in the few in which she is absent, she is a major topic of conversation. Norma and Jim share a mutual dislike and are not afraid to show it. She has an irritating habit of constantly discussing death and recounting trivial anecdotes from her past and is fond of a drink, a fact which she unconvincingly tries to hide. She lived in a flat on the other side of town next door to her best friend the late Elsie (never seen) who died in late 2000, but by the 2006 episode she has moved into the Royle household where she is bedridden and cared for by the family. Towards the end of the episode, she is found unconscious by Barbara and is taken into hospital. After the regular cast of the show say their goodbyes to her, she dies in hospital. According to Barbara, her final words were "Trevor McDonald". Her ashes now sit on top of the television in the living room.

Elizabeth Liz Smith (born 11 December 1921) is a BAFTA-Award winning English actress best known for her roles in the sitcoms The Vicar of Dibley and The Royle Family, and who also appeared in the 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. ... Sir Trevor McDonald presenting News at Ten, on 5 March 1999. ...

The Carrolls

  • Mary and Joe Carroll, played by Doreen Keogh and Peter Martin, are the Royles' next-door neighbours. Mary, of Irish descent, is constantly cheery and provides a stark contrast to her husband Joe, who is extraordinarily quiet and boring, except when he is drunk. Joe's monotone personality always saps Jim's usually cheery nature.
  • Cheryl Carroll, played by Jessica Hynes, is Denise's best friend, and daughter to Mary and Joe. Plump Cheryl is constantly on diets but always fails to stick to them, ensuring that she is in a perpetual state of despondency about her figure. Cheryl is frequently the butt of Jim's (and occasionally even her father Joe's) jibes. It is implied at the end of The Queen of Sheba that she and Twiggy are to become an item.

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The Kavanaghs

  • Emma Kavanagh, played by Sheridan Smith, is Anthony's wealthy girlfriend and mother of his son Lewis. She comes from Altrincham, a wealthy suburb of Greater Manchester, which according to the Royles, is 'posh'. She is vegetarian, which poses problems for Barbara, and later becomes engaged to Anthony, however by the 2006 episode they have apparently split up.
  • Roger Kavanagh, played by John Henshaw, is Emma's father and appeared in the Christmas episode of Series 3. Roger comes from a working class background but has gained wealth, which he boasts about constantly, for example boasting to Jim about his Aston Martin, his box at Old Trafford, frequent social encounters with Joe Longthorne, and about the fact that he had paid for sex.
  • Valerie Kavanagh, played by Sharon Duce, is Emma's mother and appeared in the Christmas episode of Series 3. Valerie has had implants for Christmas, which were bought by Roger, as well as a 'Dyson' vacuum cleaner. The implants are talked about and noticed by the Royles, mainly by Barbara. Valerie also has had liposuction for her birthday from Roger. Valerie is unsure of and somewhat supercilious towards the Royles; when Barbara announces that they should visit the Kavanagh residence, Valerie grimaces.

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Other characters

  • Darren Sinclair-Jones, played by Andrew Whyment, is Antony's dim but well-meaning best friend. He often visits the Royles, usually to visit Anthony, however he often pulls up a chair and watches television with the family. Darren is known for often bending the law, and getting himself into trouble. All of his brothers are in prison. Darren's mum is usually ill or in hospital and Darren's dad is usually in the pub and drinking.
  • Twiggy, played by Geoffrey Hughes is Jim's best friend who always has something knock-off (stolen) to sell to Jim. His character has a son, Lee, from his failed marriage. Has dated Michelle (Sally Lindsay) and it is implied that he will start dating Cheryl at the end of the 2006 special. Twiggy has a 'heart of gold' and usually sells jeans, Arabic shampoo, knock off sports gear etc - a bit of a scouse Del Boy. He was dating a woman who worked at the petrol station and after buying her a gold ankle bracelet, putting up a load of shelves and grouting her bathroom, his mate Duckers, told him that he was "knocking her off" as well.
  • Beverly Macca is never seen, but is mentioned on numerous occasions. Her older brother Tony, who is a friend of Dave's is also mentioned. All that is known of her is that she had two children before the age of 18, is attractive, and was a one-time girlfriend of Dave. Denise is extremely jealous of Beverly and she and Dave frequently argue about her when drunk.
  • Duckers, who are also never seen, are the local, notorious family of "hard-men", with a male figure head of the family simply being known as Duckers. Duckers also was once "knocking off" the woman who Twiggy was dating, but confessed because they were mates. He also was the first person outside of the Royle/Best family to learn of Denise's pregnancy, after being told by Anthony at the off license.
  • Sandra Beswick, is the local hairdresser. Denise mentions how she has gone mobile and called herself "Sandy Scissors." She is never seen but mentioned frequently in Series 1.
  • 'Leggins' Lorraine, is the single-mother of four, who is never seen (but never appeared in any episodes) without being in her leggings, across the road from the Royles. Barbara mentions that she has been 'sterilised' in the second series.

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Miscellany

  • Unlike most sitcoms the show is filmed in 16mm film using a single camera. Multi-camera videotape is standard for UK sitcoms. Along with the absence of an audience and a laugh track, this gives the show a noticeably different look and feel to usual sitcoms.
  • Each episode appears to take place in real time. However, the passage of time as indicated by the changing programmes on the Royles' TV sometimes suggests that the action has been compressed. "The Queen Of Sheba", however, jumps forward in time in a more conventional manner.
  • All of the action takes place in the Royles' house; the camera never leaves the house. If the Royles look out of the window the camera looks at them and not what they are looking at. The only images from outside are glimpses of programmes on the Royles' TV. This changed on the special episode "The Queen Of Sheba" of which part was filmed in a hospital as Norma Speakman fell ill and passed away.
  • The show's theme tune is "Half the World Away" by Oasis. The song can be found as the B-Side to "Whatever" and on the album The Masterplan.
  • Each series appeared to lead up to an event. The first led to Denise and Dave's wedding; the second saw Denise now pregnant with their child and led up to the birth (Denise went into labour in the Christmas special) and the third saw the addition of Baby David and the run-up to his christening and his first birthday on Christmas Day. Jim also received Sky Digital as a present.
  • The name The Royle Family is a pun on the British Royal Family. The rude manners of the Royles are in contrast with the supposed refined manners of the Queen and her family. The joke was taken to its conclusion by impressionist Alistair McGowan on his television show, with a series of sketches featuring the Royal Family as the Royle Family. The Duke of Edinburgh character played Jim, with Queen Elizabeth II as Barbara, The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker-Bowles as Dave and Denise and The Duke of York as Anthony, wearing the top half of a Royal Navy uniform along with a pair of tracksuit trousers.
  • Also notable is the pairing of Sue Johnston and Ricky Tomlinson as husband and wife, as the two were well known for playing another married couple, Bobby and Sheila Grant, on Channel 4's long-running soap opera Brookside. Similarly, Ralf Little and Sheridan Smith also went on to reprise their roles as an onscreen couple, Johnny and Janet, in the later sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.
  • The sitcom Spaced parodied the show's intro sequence on the final episode (Leaves) of its second series. This sequence featured Spaced actors Simon Pegg, Nick Frost et al playing out the actions of the Royles. Jessica Hynes (née Stevenson) co-wrote and starred in Spaced after her success in The Royle Family.
  • Jessica Hynes is padded out with a fat suit to play Cheryl, being much slimmer than the character in real life.
  • Peter Martin received time off from playing Len in Emmerdale to take part in the Queen of Sheba episode.
  • TV shows that were featured on the Royles' television included, Antiques Roadshow, Family Fortunes, Boot Sale Challenge, Coronation Street, Wish You Were Here...?, Emmerdale, Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, Changing Rooms, Full Circle with Michael Palin, EastEnders, Strike It Lucky, Tomorrow's World, Noel's House Party and Deal Or No Deal.

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DVD releases

DVD Name Episodes Release dates
Complete Series One 6 6 November 2000 / 15 May 2006
Complete Series Two 7 6 November 2000 / 15 May 2006
Complete Series Three 7 19 November 2001 / 15 May 2006
The Queen of Sheba - The Finale 1 30 October 2006
The Very Best Of... 6 25 November 2002
The Collection 20 15 May 2006
The Royle Family Album (with Finale) 21 30 October or 13 November 2006

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References

  1. ^ BAFTA Winners. Retrieved on 2007-05-20.
  2. ^ The Royle Family - Queen of Sheba. BBC Press Office. Retrieved on 2006-11-05.
  3. ^ Did you see? The Royle Family (BBC One) - Film and tv - Entertainment - Manchester Evening News (link finds wrong article as of March 28, 2008

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BBC - Comedy - The Royle Family (512 words)
On the surface, The Royle Family appeared to be humdrum and low on incident - but such ordinary appearances belie the fact that it was a groundbreaking work of exceptional comedy invention.
Family patriarch Jim Royle is master of his space - unafraid to rearrange his nether regions, pick his nose or fart, regardless of the company.
The Royle Family mined comedy from the mundanity of life, and brimmed with affection for its characters.
The Royle Family - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2362 words)
The Royle Family is a popular BBC television situation comedy (sitcom) that ran for three series between 1998 and 2000.
Barbara (Sue Johnston), mother and domestic drudge to the Royle family, married to Jim.
The rude manners of the Royles are in contrast with the supposed refined manners of the Queen and her family.
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