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Excellent

“Opinion my a***!”

published 11/08/2003

ProUtterly genius first three series

ConsOne series too many

The Royle Family is the finest comedy ever to have graced British television. There. I’ve got my prejudices out of the way to start – that’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it. And, yes, I’m (originally) Northern. I don’t tend to go much for new comedies so when the first episode of this series...

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Excellent

ProLaugh a second, great characters, superb script

Consonly half an hour and 6 episodes a series

The greatest show in British Television history. FACT. If you don’t agree go write an opinion. In all seriousness though you have to marvel at Caroline Aherne’s Genius in getting The Royle Family made. You can just imagine the pitch: “Well, it’s about a family and...

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Excellent

“Jims arse!”

published 17/07/2000

Profunny

Consnone

The royale family is one of the funniest shows around at the moment, most probably because it is so true to life! Ricky Thomlinson, however scruffy he is, is a brilliant actor and suits the roll of Jim so much! I think the funniest part is when Cheryl from next door comes in boasting about her...

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Excellent

“Off for an Eartha Kitt”

published 21/10/2000

ProEarthy, working class, true to life, scripts, cast

ConsNone

Gutsy Northern drama - well, no actually, more like Beer Gutted Living Room Sadness, as Craig Cash and Caroline Aherne (nee Hook) create a comedy series which is as true to REAL LIFE as you can probably get in this day and age. Aherne and Cash are brilliant comic actors (rather than comedians)...

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Satisfactory

“Royally boring.....”

published 05/06/2001

ProMakes my life seem exciting!

ConsBores me to death!

Phew! Just what is the appeal of this show?! I can’t see it myself – I find it immensely boring despite having a very respectable cast, few though they may be. The Royle Family – Ricky Tomlinson (Dad), Sue Johnston (Mum), Caroline Aherne (daughter) and Ralf Little (son). All...

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Not for me

“Right royaly...awful”

published 27/03/2001

ProIt's not on TV at the moment

ConsIt's on TV ever

I know I'm flying in the face of convention, I know I'll probably be denounced as a humourless idiot, and I know that the critics (and public) adore this programme with all their little hearts but so what? I HATE this show. But why Neil, you're a level headed, easy going type, who helps old...

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Excellent

ProA terrific spirit lifter. Makes you wonder why we...

ConsNext series seems a long time coming

Is there going to be another series of the Royle Family? I sincerely hope so. For half an hour we become a 'fly on the wall' in the home of Jim and Barbara Royle. What characters! Jim hasn't worked for years (I think it's his back or is it his leg?) He is so laid back he's practically horizontal...

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Excellent

“More than just funny”

published 02/01/2001

Procleverly funny

Consare they talking about me

Funny yes, very funny indeed, but also a sad commentary on life in the Twenty First century, I would argue. Okay, I know it sounds more than a little pretentious but there really is no reason why Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash should not follow in the footsteps of other authors in using comedy to...

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Not for me

ProThe cast deserve credit for breathing life into su...

Cons30 minutes of hell incarnate

So, here's the choice, either you can spend 30 minutes watching something interesting and enjoyable, or, you can wander down to the local cheap supermarket, keeping your eyes and ears open for some halfwitted family clad in tracksuits and name brands, and follow them home. Once installed in their...

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Super

“Working class heroes”

published 07/05/2001

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Since the Royle Family, hit the TV screen a while back ago, it has become a huge hit. Why?, cause for the first time you have a simple family, with working class background, lounging about moaning about the weather. It’s realistic and therefore not only appeals to most people, but its also...

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Excellent

“The Royal Funnily”

published 15/12/2000

ProHilarious

ConsNone

The Royle Family, written by Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash (who play Denise and Dave), is the best new sitcom for years, and the BBC have got it totally right by deciding to move this programme from BBC2 to BBC1. The format sounds extremely boring, but the humour comes in the fact that The Royle...

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Excellent

“Looking for Luxembourg”

published 12/02/2001

ProExcellent scripts, great characterisations and you...

ConsA little uncofortable at times

Remember that line by Jim Royle? The Royle family is a both savage and funny commentary on the late twetieth century telly generation. The people who don't find it funny are those that see nothing out of the ordinary in the episodes of The Royle family. There are millions of such families in...

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Excellent

“A right Royle show”

published 11/03/2001

Proexcellent original comedy

Cons.........

I have watched the Royle family since the first episode about 3 years ago and have rated it as one of my favourite shows ever since. THere have now been 3 series plus 2 Christmas specials. The basic pricinple of the show is that its a sitcom staring 4 generations (3 before the arrival of baby...

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Excellent

“The real Royal Family”

published 01/02/2001

ProSo simple yet so funny

ConsSome people may find this sort of comedy boring

This comedy is basically about a family from up North and what happens in their normal day-to-day life. The reason why this comedy is so funny is because it is sooo realistic. No offence meant, but they depict the typical family from that kind of background perfectly. They even get the characters...

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Excellent

“A right Royle Treat!”

published 20/09/2000

This is one fantastic show. It is so close to real life it’s believable. Revolving around one family who just spend their evenings watching television, sitting on the sofa, drinking tea and smoking ciggies. It’s funny as f**k. Jim (the father) played by Ricky Tomlinson is superb as the work...

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