12 certificateThe Royle Family is a Sitcom programme that first aired in 1998 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

The Royle Family is a 4 star programme

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The Royle Family (1998)

The Royle Family, aka Jim, Barbara, Denise and Anthony as well as Nana (Barbara's mother), were BBC Two's runaway success of 1998, so much so that the sitcom quickly switched to BBC One.

The sitcom has very little in the way of storyline, but more than makes up for this by way of an excellent script, penned by two of its cast members, Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash. Dysfunctional with a capital "F", the Royle's spend much of their time in front of the television in their ramshackle living room, smoking, talking and bickering, with the occasional intervention by Denise's boyfriend Dave, or her best friend Cheryl.

As the series has progressed, there have been some huge upheavals in the family. At the end of series one, Denise and Dave married, the second series built up to the birth of their son "baby David" and the third built towards their son's christening.

The 2006 Christmas special - The Queen of Sheba - saw the emotional departure of Nana. At the time the programme was billed as the Royle's final outing, but 2008 saw another Christmas special. Anthony was conspicuous by his absence. Viewers were told that he was babysitting for Denise and Dave. As Denise remarked: "Well, it's not a day for kids, is it - Christmas?"

Genre: Sitcom

Production Year: 1998

4/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: UK

Main Cast

Image for Ricky TomlinsonRicky Tomlinson...Jim Royle
Image for Sue JohnstonSue Johnston...Barbara Royle
Image for Ralf LittleRalf Little...Antony Royle
Image for Jessica HynesJessica Hynes...Cheryl Carroll
Kenton Allen
Image for Liz SmithLiz Smith...Norma Speakman
Doreen Keogh...Mary Carroll
Peter Martin...Joe Carroll
Image for Geoffrey HughesGeoffrey Hughes...Twiggy
Andrew Whyment...Darren Sinclair-Jones
Geoff Hughes
Matthew/James Hughes
Image for Sheridan SmithSheridan Smith...Emma Kavanagh
Ralph Little
Owen Aaronovitch...Jon Lindsay
Image for Anne KirkbrideAnne Kirkbride...Deirdre Rachid
John Savident...Fred Elliot
Image for Sally LindsaySally Lindsay...Michelle
John Delaney...PJ
James Hughes...Baby David