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The Royle Family

Specials 1999 - 2012
TV-PG

  • 1999-12-25T17:00:00-06:00 on BBC One
  • 30 mins
  • 6 hours, 0 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Comedy

Sitcom about a working-class family from Manchester, focusing on Mam and Dad - Barbara and Jim - as parents of children Denise and late-teen Antony.

12 episodes

Special 1 Christmas Special 1999

  • 1999-12-25T17:00:00-06:00 — 30 mins

It's Christmas Day. The family have just finished a big Christmas dinner. Barbara learns her turkey wasn't up to scratch, and Dave buys Denise a mobile phone for when the baby is born, even though she uses it to call Barbara on the house phone from upstairs! Antony goes to Emma's shortly afterwards, and Dave takes Nana home. Soon after Dave and Nana have left, Denise goes into labour upstairs in the bathroom, and Jim is left to comfort her. Denise reveals the baby isn't due until 3 weeks. Will the baby and Denise be alright

Special 2 Christmas Special 2000

  • 2000-12-25T17:00:00-06:00 — 30 mins

Baby David's first birthday comes around and the Royle's sit down as they did last Christmas. This time they are joined by Darren and Emma, including her parents. Emma's father, Roger can't seem to stop boasting which annoys Jim. When they leave, an unhappy and mad Jim gets the best present of them all

Special 3 The Queen of Sheba

  • 2006-10-29T17:00:00-06:00 — 30 mins

Whilst times have moved on, not much has changed in the Royle household except for one major thing - finally after years of hints Nana has got her way and has moved in with the Royles. Nana, now bedridden, has Barbara waiting on her hand and foot, and has even come between Jim and his beloved TV, but just how long will her reign as 'The Queen of Sheba' continue?

Special 4 We Love The Royle Family

  • 2006-11-01T17:00:00-06:00 — 30 mins

In 2006, the BBC commissioned a talking heads programme, Why we Love the Royle Family, which included celebrity fans such as Noel Gallagher, Paul Heaton and J.K. Rowling.

Special 5 Children in Need Sketch

  • 2008-11-14T17:00:00-06:00 — 30 mins

It's Children in Need night and Barbara announces to Denise and Dave that Jim is being generous and giving some of his spare change to Children In Need, but Jim is looking for some in his armchair!

Special 6 The New Sofa

  • 2008-12-25T17:00:00-06:00 — 30 mins

Inspired by Nigella Lawson, Denise decides to cook Christmas dinner for the whole family. Jim provides the yuletide log and, much to his dismay, Dave's Mum and Dad are invited to join in with the festivities. What could possibly go wrong?

Special 7 Jim's Balls - Comic Relief Sketch

  • 2009-03-13T18:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Jim is "dying" of flu, and it's Comic Relief Night 2009. Antony comes to the house after raising £4,000 for Comic Relief by skydiving from a plane and everybody complaining about the smell coming from Jim's sweaty "balls"!

Special 8 The Golden Egg Cup

  • 2009-12-25T17:00:00-06:00 — 30 mins

There's a new buzz in the Royle Family household, as it's a special time for Jim and Barbara and a celebration is planned. Poor Mary from next door can't be present though as, sadly, she has lost all bladder control and has leaked in a number of shops in the precinct. Jim and Barbara have received the gift of money from their loving children, but what to do with it? Barbara wants to go abroad for the first time having only been away once on their honeymoon to Ormskirk. Will Jim persuade Barbara that an HD satellite box is a more appropriate way to spend their children's generous gift? Tension mounts, a family discussion ensues - the question is where will they go? Down to the television superstore as Jim suggests or Barbara's dream holiday to the Bermuda triangle?

Special 9 Joe's Crackers

  • 2010-12-25T17:00:00-06:00 — 30 mins

Barbara is up to her eyes in it on Christmas Day, with Jim incapacitated due to an unfortunate incident. Meanwhile, neighbour Joe is unusually garrulous.

Special 10 Royle Family Portraits

  • 2010-10-17T17:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Brand spanking new and made by GOLD. Cast, crew and famous fans of The Royle Family revisit the very best bits of the landmark sitcom. Plus the writers' personal top ten moments. After GOLD's sneak behind the Royle's sofa, uncovering unseen material and revelations about how the sitcom and characters were conceived, it's time to hand over to the cast and the legion of celebrity fans to pick the bits they hold with highest esteem. Not only will the cast and celebrity fans - like Catherine Tate, Paul Whitehouse, Jimmy McGovern and John Prescott - pick their favourite Royle moments, but creators, writers and stars of the show Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash will also pick their all time, top ten personal highlights and talk us through what each moment meant to them. And what a canon of work to choose from! The Royle Family is chock full of great moments - from Jim's iconic catchphrase "My Arse!", to Joe's spontaneous singing and Denise's waters breaking - there are enough classic moments here to prove that The Royle Family is one of Britain's very best. Jim: "Right, get your coat on Barb." Barbara: "Are you taking me out then?" Jim: "No, I'm gonna turn the fire off... of course I'm taking you! I wouldn't leave you here on me birthday, would I? ... Better bring your purse."

Special 11 Behind the Sofa

  • 2010-10-10T17:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

A definitive look at square-eyed sitcom The Royle Family, featuring hilarious outtakes and exclusive interviews with cast, crew and famous fans

Special 12 Barbara's Old Ring

  • 2012-12-25T17:00:00-06:00 — 30 mins

A new neighbour's cleavage is one of the many topics of conversation as the couch-potato clan gathers for another fun-filled Christmas Day. This year Barbara has gone overboard with the presents after spending an entire two hours in the pound shop, Joe next door has turned to the lonely hearts column, although his advert leaves a lot to be desired, and Dave has had a flash of entrepreneurial inspiration that he intends to pitch to Dragons' Den - are the family on the brink of becoming millionaires?

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