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Community Level 3Drooboy

Drooboy

Opinion my a***!

AdvantagesUtterly genius first three series

DisadvantagesOne series too many

"The Royle Family is the finest comedy ever to have graced British television. There. Iíve got my prejudices out of the way to start Ė thatís my opinion and Iím sticking to it. And, yes, Iím (originally) Northern. I donít tend to go much for new comedies so when the first episode of this series was aired I didnít bother. But then I heard howls of laughter coming from downstairs, not just giggles but utter belly laughs, like Santa Claus on speed. ..." Read review
11.08.2003

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Community Level 3mmuk

mmuk

All arise for The Royle Family

AdvantagesLaugh a second, great characters, superb script

Disadvantagesonly 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 occasionally their friends, who sit and watch TV.” “Is that it?” “um…no they smoke and insult each other” “OK, we’ll ..." Read review
15.03.2001

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Community Level 8blurbubble

blurbubble

Royally boring.....

AdvantagesMakes my life seem exciting!

DisadvantagesBores 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 very well known and impressive actors/performers which is probably just as well as any unknowns would probably make this show even more of a crashing bore. The ..." Read review
05.06.2001

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Community Level 7dave27

dave27

Off for an Eartha Kitt

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

DisadvantagesNone

"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) from Manchester who were the brains behind Mrs Merton, but whose later creation is by far and away the biggest thing that either of them have ever done. Just ..." Read review
21.10.2000

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Community Level 6TheNeil

TheNeil

Right royaly...awful

AdvantagesIt's not on TV at the moment

DisadvantagesIt's on TV ever

"...I was in fact on BBC1 and this was indeed the 'promised land' that I'd heard so much praise for. The truth is, it just ISN'T funny (as I found in the several weeks following my induction). The situation is not overly repellant (I like Bottom so don't you talk to me about squallor matey boy) and the cast has some recognisable names and faces in it. Throw in the supposed Scouse style humour and it should work ('Should' is the important word there word ..." Read review
27.03.2001

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Community Level 2maggs1939

maggs1939

The Royle Family - I dare you not to laugh

AdvantagesA terrific spirit lifter. Makes you wonder why we strive so hard when they have so little but are so happy

DisadvantagesNext 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! Barbara has never had any higher aspirations and is happy to be the family dogsbody. She has a part time job at the local cake shop which is great because ..." Read review
01.06.2001

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Community Level 2aspo

aspo

Jims arse!

Advantagesfunny

Disadvantagesnone

"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 weight loss! It is brilliantly written by Craig Cash and Caroline Oherne. I missed the first series but have been able to watch the repeats on BBC1. I can't ..." Read review
17.07.2000

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Community Level 2boydgray

boydgray

More than just funny

Advantagescleverly funny

Disadvantagesare 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 say something about the society in which they live. And it is very funny. We all have our favourite moments, our favourite characters, our favourite catchphrases. ..." Read review
02.01.2001

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Community Level 6WAD1-2-3

WAD1-2-3

Working class heroes

Advantages-

Disadvantages-

"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 humorous. I, am not suggesting that every family, crowds in front of the TV, as we don’t, well not like that. But it happens. Jim, the father, who’s ..." Read review
07.05.2001

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Community Level 6dadmancat

dadmancat

Where did I leave my sense of humour

AdvantagesThe cast deserve credit for breathing life into such dislikable characters

Disadvantages30 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 house, you can listen to their opinions (formed through the pages of the Sun) on all sorts of topical matters. Add to the witty repartee some farting, ..." Read review
16.04.2001

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Community Level 2michelle17

michelle17

The real Royal Family

AdvantagesSo simple yet so funny

DisadvantagesSome 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 to sound like and have the mannerisms of the people that they are playing really well. I mean, the gran or should I say "nana" sounds similar to my gran, ..." Read review
01.02.2001

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Community Level 2Carrow_Roa...

Carrow_Road_Canary

The Royal Funnily

AdvantagesHilarious

DisadvantagesNone

"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 Family are exactly the same as most British families - whether we like it or not. It is set at the house of, yes you've guessed it, the Royle family, ..." Read review
15.12.2000

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Community Level 5begum

begum

Better than the Royal Family

Advantagescomedy at his true best

Disadvantagesnone

" I love watching the Royle family, based on a close knit family who sit in the living room talking about life and behaving in ways you would not expect. With some familiar names who play the cast, the family is not the average family, the television is the main entertainment. With extended family, they seem to now what ever is going on, and always have some advice for someone. Jim who is played by Ricky Tomlinson, is the fat dad who site in the ..." Read review
29.01.2001

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Community Level 4HellyBelly

HellyBelly

It makes me laugh and cry

AdvantagesIt really is a good laugh

DisadvantagesNone

"If you watch The Royal Family I am sure that in every character you will be able to associate them with somebody that you know. The whole story line is based around a family that sit around all the time watching T.V smoking and slagging off the neighbours. Sue Johnson who plays Mam, is my mother. You are asked all the time 'what have you had for tea, do you wan't a sandwich, or do you want a drink'. Nana could be anybody's Grandma, she doesn't ..." Read review
01.01.2001

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Community Level 5piffles

piffles

A right Royle show

Advantagesexcellent original comedy

Disadvantages.........

"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 David) set in the not so royal setting of a Manchester council flat. However the twist that makes the show what it is, is that the show only ever shows the royles ..." Read review
11.03.2001

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