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The Royle Family is a popular, BAFTA award-winning television sitcom produced by Granada Television for the BBC, which ran for three series between 1998 and 2000, with special episodes between 2006 and 2012. Two sketches for Children in Need (2008) and Comic Relief (2009) have also been aired.

A total of 25 episodes of The Royle Family have been broadcast.

Series overviewEdit

Series
SeriesEpisodesOriginally airedAve. UK viewers
(millions)
First airedLast aired
1614 September 1998 (1998-09-14)19 October 1998 (1998-10-19)4.09
2623 September 1999 (1999-09-23)28 October 1999 (1999-10-28)7.22
3616 October 2000 (2000-10-16)27 November 2000 (2000-11-27)9.25
Specials
SpecialEpisodesOriginally airedAve. UK viewers
(millions)
First airedLast aired
1125 December 1999 (1999-12-25)10.44
2125 December 2000 (2000-12-25)9.78
3129 October 2006 (2006-10-29)8.28
4125 December 2008 (2008-12-25)10.60
5125 December 2009 (2009-12-25)11.74
6125 December 2010 (2010-12-25)11.29
7125 December 2012 (2012-12-25)9.90

EpisodesEdit

Series 1 (1998)Edit

No. # Title Written by Directed by Original air date UK viewers
(million)[1]
11"Episode 1"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Henry NormalMark Mylod14 September 1998 (1998-09-14)3.83
When the latest phone bill arrives, Jim is annoyed to discover that someone has been calling Aberdeen. Cheryl brings over a catalogue and she and Denise decide to buy leather jackets. Meanwhile, Barbara is nervous about starting her new job at the bakers'.
22"Episode 2"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Henry NormalMark Mylod21 September 1998 (1998-09-21)3.69
During the family's after-dinner television time, they're forced to listen to Jim moan about the cost of Denise's upcoming wedding.
33"Episode 3"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Henry NormalMark Mylod28 September 1998 (1998-09-28)3.86
Nana spends Sunday afternoon and Jim helps Antony do the dishes to avoid listening to her; Mary and Cheryl drop in to help Denise try on her wedding dress; Dave recovers from a hangover.
44"Episode 4"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Henry NormalMark Mylod5 October 1998 (1998-10-05)4.20
The Royles celebrate Jim's birthday in their own style: cake, pomagne, and photos. Meanwhile, Denise has a hangover although she claims it's a stress headache, and Antony has a black eye from fighting with the Beswick brothers.
55"Episode 5"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Henry NormalMark Mylod12 October 1998 (1998-10-12)4.07
Denise and Dave come home from one of Dave's DJ gigs arguing about Beverly Macca. Barbara consoles a drunk Denise, who tells her Dave was flirting with Beverly; while in the kitchen Dave tells Jim and Antony that it was nothing. She forgives Dave after a talk with her parents, and the family has a sing-a-long with Jim's banjo.
66"Episode 6"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Henry NormalMark Mylod19 October 1998 (1998-10-19)4.86
The morning of Dave and Denise's wedding arrives. Everything is going wrong for the bride, who can't stop crying. Dave, Jim, and Twiggy have drinks in the kitchen and Jim practises his father-of-the-bride speech. Cheryl thinks Twiggy's trying to "cop" with her, Nana is getting on everyone's nerves, and Antony's had a haircut.

Series 2 (1999)Edit

No. # Title Written by Directed by Original air date UK viewers
(million)[1]
71"Episode 1"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Carmel MorganSteve Bendelack23 September 1999 (1999-09-23)7.64
Barbara and Jim are overwhelmed when Denise announces that she is pregnant. Meanwhile, Antony makes Dave and Denise a bacon sandwich because of their less-exciting tea, Dairylea on toast.
82"Episode 2"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Carmel MorganSteve Bendelack30 September 1999 (1999-09-30)7.40
Nana and Twiggy come round for Sunday lunch. When Barbara loses her temper during lunch, Denise suspects that her mother is going through the menopause, which Nana calls "the change."
93"Episode 3"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Carmel MorganSteve Bendelack7 October 1999 (1999-10-07)6.54
Jim is annoyed that Barbara has invited Nana to stay with them after her cataract operation. Antony announces that he's become the manager of a band called 'Exit', which the family find hysterical (especially Jim).
104"Episode 4"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Carmel MorganSteve Bendelack14 October 1999 (1999-10-14)6.69
Nana is recuperating at the Royles' after her operation, and Jim can't hide his annoyance. Antony's band has split up.
115"Episode 5"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Carmel MorganSteve Bendelack21 October 1999 (1999-10-21)6.70
Barbara cries to Denise that she is sick of Jim's laziness and lack of compassion while Jim complains to Dave that the menopause is making her act like this. When Barbara storms out of the house, all Jim does is watch Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? with Dave and Denise. Barbara returns and Jim consoles her.
126"Episode 6"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Carmel MorganSteve Bendelack28 October 1999 (1999-10-28)8.36
The Royles and all their friends gather at the house to celebrate Antony's 18th birthday. They are all nervous when they finally get to meet his girlfriend Emma.

Christmas Special (1999)Edit

No. # Title Written by Directed by Original air date UK viewers
(million)[1]
137"Christmas Special"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Carmel MorganSteve Bendelack25 December 1999 (1999-12-25)10.44
The family has just finished their big Christmas Day dinner and Barbara learns that her turkey wasn't up to scratch. Dave has bought Denise a mobile phone for when the baby is born. Soon after Antony leaves for Emma's and Dave leaves to take Nana home, Denise goes into labour upstairs in the bathroom and Jim tries to comfort her.

Series 3 (2000)Edit

No. # Title Written by Directed by Original air date UK viewers
(million)[1]
141"Episode 1"Caroline Aherne & Craig CashCaroline Aherne16 October 2000 (2000-10-16)9.93
Denise and Dave bring their newborn, Baby David, to visit his grandparents, and Barbara is shocked that Denise is leaving all the work to Dave; Antony brings over Darren, who was caught attempting to steal a fridge/freezer from his workplace.
152"Episode 2"Caroline Aherne & Craig CashCaroline Aherne23 October 2000 (2000-10-23)9.27
Baby David has spent the night with Barbara and Jim so Denise and Dave could go to the pub for their anniversary. They arrive with hangovers. Meanwhile, Joe has cut his hand while grating cheese for Cheryl.
163"Episode 3"Caroline Aherne & Craig CashCaroline Aherne30 October 2000 (2000-10-30)9.48
Jim and Twiggy decorate the dining area for Baby David's christening by scraping off the wallpaper and blackmail Dave into helping. Meanwhile, Barbara chats to Denise and Cheryl while cooking bacon sandwiches for everyone.
174"Episode 4"Caroline Aherne & Craig CashCaroline Aherne6 November 2000 (2000-11-06)8.35
When Nana and Barbara return from the funeral of Nana's old neighbour Elsie, Jim becomes annoyed at Nana's fluctuations between mourning and planning to pilfer in Elsie's flat.
185"Episode 5"Caroline Aherne & Craig CashCaroline Aherne13 November 2000 (2000-11-13)8.95
Antony announces that he and Darren are going to London to find a record deal for their band. While Jim continues to pour scorn on their plans, Nana contributes £3 to their trip.
196"Episode 6"Caroline Aherne & Craig CashCaroline Aherne27 November 2000 (2000-11-27)9.56
On the day of Baby David's christening, everyone gathers at the Royles' for Barbara's celebratory buffet; Twiggy brings his new girlfriend Michelle. Denise worries that she has nothing to talk about with Baby David, and Antony announces that he and Emma are getting married, which makes Barbara and Jim think they might be expecting.

Christmas Special (2000)Edit

No. # Title Written by Directed by Original air date UK viewers
(million)[1]
207"Christmas Special"Caroline Aherne & Craig CashCaroline Aherne25 December 2000 (2000-12-25)9.78
Baby David's first birthday comes around and the Royles sit down for Christmas dinner, joined by Darren and Emma--who is pregnant--and her parents. Emma's father Roger constantly boasts about his wealth, which annoys Jim. After they leave, Jim's mood brightens when he receives a Christmas gift of Sky TV.

Special (2006)Edit

No. # Title Written by Directed by Original air date UK viewers
(million)[1]
211"The Queen of Sheba"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Phil MealeyMark Mylod29 October 2006 (2006-10-29)8.28
Denise and Dave are expecting their second baby; Antony has a son named Lewis but is separated from Emma; and Cheryl is actively on the lookout for a boyfriend. Nana is bedridden and has moved in with the Royles. Denise delivers a daughter and names her after Nana; soon after, Nana's condition worsens and she passes away.

Christmas Special (2008)Edit

No. # Title Written by Directed by Original air date UK viewers
(million)[1]
222"The New Sofa"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Phil MealeyCaroline Aherne25 December 2008 (2008-12-25)10.60
Denise, inspired by Nigella Lawson, decides to cook Christmas dinner for the family. She and Dave invite Jim and Barbara over for the day, and--much to Jim's dismay--Dave's parents, Jocelyn and Dave Sr.

Christmas Special (2009)Edit

No. # Title Written by Directed by Original air date UK viewers
(million)[1]
233"The Golden Egg Cup"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Phil MealeyCaroline Aherne25 December 2009 (2009-12-25)11.74
To celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, Jim and Barbara go to Prestatyn, Denbighshire, Wales to stay in a holiday caravan, along with Dave and Denise. With no television or chip pan, the holiday is a disaster and they decide to return home early.

Christmas Special (2010)Edit

No. # Title Written by Directed by Original air date UK viewers
(million)[1]
244"Joe's Crackers"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Phil MealeyCaroline Aherne25 December 2010 (2010-12-25)11.29
With Jim out of action from an unfortunate incident in The Precinct, Barbara is up to her eyes in arranging Christmas Day at the Royles'. Dave and Denise, feeling the recession the most, worry that Antony's lavish gifts will eclipse their gift of a fridge magnet. Antony and his heavily-pregnant girlfriend Saskia get a surprise delivery. Joe reminisces about a tipsy evening of naked wrestling with Bobby Carter in front of the fire, while Cheryl recounts her romantic encounter in the local supermarket's car-park.

Christmas Special (2012)Edit

No. # Title Written by Directed by Original air date UK viewers
(million)[1]
255"Barbara's Old Ring"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Phil MealeyCaroline Aherne25 December 2012 (2012-12-25)9.90
Barbara has lost her wedding ring; Jim is trying to earn a fortune via scratch cards; Dave has an idea of an invention he hopes to pitch on Dragons' Den; Joe is looking for love; and a new neighbor causes havoc in the Royle household.

Charity SpecialsEdit

No. # Title Written by Directed by Original air date UK viewers
(million)[1]
- 21-"Children in Need Sketch"Caroline Aherne Craig Cash & Phil MealeyCaroline Aherne31 October 2008 (2008-10-31)9.83
It's Children in Need night and Barbara tells Denise and Dave that Jim is generously donating some money, as Jim searched for it in his armchair.
-23-"Comic Relief Sketch"Caroline Aherne Craig Cash & Phil MealeyCaroline Aherne18 March 2009 (2009-03-18)9.84
On Comic Relief Night 2009, Jim has the flu and Antony comes to the house after raising £400 for Comic Relief by skydiving from a plane.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB. Archived from the original on 2005-11-22.

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