List of The Royle Family episodes

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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 in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. Two sketches for Children in Need (2008) and Comic Relief (2009) have also been aired.

A Christmas Special was originally commissioned for 2011 but Aherne & Cash failed to complete the script in time.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper in 2013, Tomlinson announced that there might be a series 4 in the future.

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


Series 1 (1998)[edit]

No.#TitleWritten byDirected byOriginal air dateUK viewers
11"Episode 1"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Henry NormalMark Mylod14 September 1998 (1998-09-14)3.83
Jim is annoyed when the latest phone bill arrives and finds out 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
The family watch television after having dinner, and are 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
It's Sunday afternoon and Nana is visiting. Jim helps Antony do the dishes to avoid listening to her. Meanwhile, Mary and Cheryl come over to help Denise try on her wedding dress and Dave's recovering from a hangover.
44"Episode 4"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Henry NormalMark Mylod5 October 1998 (1998-10-05)4.20
It's Jim's birthday. The family celebrate in their own style with cake, pomagne and photos. Meanwhile, Denise has a hangover although she claims it's a headache due to stress, and Antony has a black eye after 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. Meanwhile, in the kitchen, Dave tells Jim and Antony there was nothing in it. After a talk with Barbara and Jim she forgives Dave and the family engage in 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 some drinks in the kitchen, and Jim practises his "fatherly" speech. Cheryl thinks Twiggy is trying to "cop" with her, Nana is getting on everyone's nerves and Antony got a haircut.

Series 2 (1999)[edit]

No.#TitleWritten byDirected byOriginal air dateUK viewers
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. Barbara loses her temper during lunch. Denise suspects her mother is going through the menopause, or "the change" as Nana puts it.
93"Episode 3"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Carmel MorganSteve Bendelack7 October 1999 (1999-10-07)6.54
Jim is annoyed when he learns that Barbara has invited Nana to come and stay 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 has had her cataract operation and is staying with the Royles. Jim is unwilling to 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 it's the menopause that's making Barbara act this way. After a while, Barbara storms out the house, but Jim does nothing and watches 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.#TitleWritten byDirected byOriginal air dateUK viewers
137"Christmas Special"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Carmel MorganSteve Bendelack25 December 1999 (1999-12-25)10.44
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. 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.

Series 3 (2000)[edit]

No.#TitleWritten byDirected byOriginal air dateUK viewers
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. Barbara is shocked that Denise is leaving all the work to Dave. Meanwhile, Antony brings Darren over, who was caught attempting to steal a fridge/freezer from his place of work.
152"Episode 2"Caroline Aherne & Craig CashCaroline Aherne23 October 2000 (2000-10-23)9.27
Baby David has stayed the night with Barbara and Jim so Denise and Dave could go to the pub for their anniversary. They arrive with hangovers. Meanwhile, Joe 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. Dave is blackmailed into helping when he arrives. Meanwhile in the kitchen, Barbara is cooking bacon sandwiches for everyone whilst talking to Denise and Cheryl.
174"Episode 4"Caroline Aherne & Craig CashCaroline Aherne6 November 2000 (2000-11-06)8.35
Nana's old neighbour, Elsie has died and Nana and Barbara have just returned from the funeral. Jim becomes annoyed with Nana as she fluctuates 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, the managers of their band are going to London to find a record deal. Jim continues to pour scorn on their plans, while Nana contributes £3 to their trip.
196"Episode 6"Caroline Aherne & Craig CashCaroline Aherne27 November 2000 (2000-11-27)9.56
The day of Baby David's christening has arrived. Everyone has gathered at the Royle house for the buffet Barbara has prepared, including Twiggy's new girlfriend, Michelle. Denise worries she has nothing to talk about with baby david while Antony announces that he and Emma are getting married.

Christmas Special (2000)[edit]

No.#TitleWritten byDirected byOriginal air dateUK viewers
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. They are joined by Darren and Emma - who is having a baby - and her parents. Emma's father, Roger constantly boasts about his wealth, which annoys Jim. After they leave, Jim's mood is turned around when he receives a Christmas present of Sky TV.

Specials (2006-2012)[edit]

No.#TitleWritten byDirected byOriginal air dateUK viewers
211"The Queen of Sheba"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Phil MealeyMark Mylod29 October 2006 (2006-10-29)8.28
Denise and Dave are expecting baby number two while Antony - who has now separated from Emma - has a boy called Lewis. Nana has moved in with the Royles as she is now bedridden. Cheryl is on the look-out for a boyfriend. Nana's condition worsens and she dies. Denise has a baby girl and calls her Norma after Nana (who first name was Norma).
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 this year. Denise and Dave invite Jim and Barbara over to their house for the day and Dave's parents Jocelyn and Dave Sr. are asked to join them, much to Jim's Dismay.
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.
244"Joe's Crackers"Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash & Phil MealeyCaroline Aherne25 December 2010 (2010-12-25)11.29
It's Christmas day at the Royles and Barbara is up to her eyes in it as Jim is out of action due to an unfortunate incident in the precinct. Dave and Denise are obviously feeling the recession the most and worry that Anthony'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 in front of the fire with Bobby Carter while Cheryl recounts her romantic encounter in the local supermarket car park.
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, whilst Jim is trying to earn a fortune through scratch cards. Elsewhere, Dave has an idea of an invention that he is hoping of pitching on Dragon's Den, Joe is looking for love, and there's a new neighbour causing havoc in the Royle household.

Charity Specials[edit]

No.#TitleWritten byDirected byOriginal air dateUK viewers
- 21-"Children in Need Sketch"--14 November 2008 (2008-11-14)9.83
It's Children in Need night and Barbara announces to Denise and Dave that Jim is being generous and donating some money, as Jim looks for some in his armchair.
-23-"Comic Relief Sketch"--13 March 2009 (2009-03-13)9.84
Jim has the flu, and it's Comic Relief Night 2009. Antony comes to the house after raising £400 for Comic Relief by skydiving from a plane.


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