The BEST Episodes of The Royle Family

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 28, 2020

Network: BBC One

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.

Nana's Coming to Stay

#1 - Nana's Coming to Stay

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 7, 1999

Jim isn't best pleased when he learns that Barbara has invited Nana to come and stay with the Royles after her cataract operation. Antony announces that he's become the manager of a band called 'Exit'.

star 8.40
94 votes
The Wedding Day

#2 - The Wedding Day

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 19, 1998

The morning of Dave and Denise's wedding arrives. Will everything go as planned?

star 8.20
127 votes
Bills, Bills, Bills

#3 - Bills, Bills, Bills

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 14, 1998

Jim Royle is annoyed when the latest telephone bill arrives just before Dave and Denise's wedding.

star 8.14
228 votes

#4 - Decorating

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 30, 2000

Twiggy and Jim are redecorating the dining room for the Christening, but because Jim is so tight they don't have a steamer. The pair, and later Dave, use kitchen utensils to remove the wallpaper, whilst Dancing to Mambo No. 5! They don't get very far ...

star 8.11
108 votes
Sunday Lunch

#5 - Sunday Lunch

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 30, 1999

Nana and Twiggy come round for Sunday dinner. Barbara loses her temper during lunch. She's feeling the onset of "the change".

star 8.04
133 votes
Antony's Birthday

#6 - Antony's Birthday

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 28, 1999

It's Antony's 18th birthday and the Royles are planning a family party. They finally get to meet Antony's girlfriend Emma.

star 8.02
116 votes
Nana Comes to Stay

#7 - Nana Comes to Stay

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 14, 1999

Nana has had her cataract operation, so she comes to stay with the Royles. Jim is even less pleased now that she's arrived. Antony's band has split up.

star 7.92
126 votes
Hello Baby Dave

#8 - Hello Baby Dave

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 16, 2000

Baby David finally arrives at the Royle's House, dressed from head to toe in the 'latest Gear', that is obviously Manchester slang for complete tack, but it seems that Denise is taking a back seat and letting Dave do all the work, will it continue?

star 7.88
141 votes
Barbara's Finally Had Enough

#9 - Barbara's Finally Had Enough

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 21, 1999

Barbara loses patience with Jim and storms out of the house. Jim tries to show that he's concerned about Barbara by offering to make her a cup of tea!

star 7.84
101 votes
The Christening

#10 - The Christening

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 27, 2000

The day of the christening is finally here, but the decorating is still not finished in the background. Everyone is there for a buffet, including Twiggy's 'Bird'.

star 7.80
114 votes
Jim's Birthday

#11 - Jim's Birthday

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 5, 1998

Jim Royle is trying to ignore the fact that it's his birthday. His family refuse to let him go on ignoring it.

star 7.75
198 votes
Sunday Afternoon

#12 - Sunday Afternoon

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 28, 1998

It's Sunday afternoon and Nana is visiting. Everyone is more interested in the television.

star 7.75
283 votes
Elsie's Funeral

#13 - Elsie's Funeral

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 6, 2000

Nanna's dear old neighbour Elsie dies, and today is the funeral. It's full of the usual admiration of the persons house, and Nanna has also been taking stuff from Elsie's since she has passed on, so Jim gets one back for Elise! Nanna is also hinting that she wants to move in: "I would never ever think of asking you to let me stay here, but well that back bedroom is free now!"

star 7.65
135 votes
Another Woman?

#14 - Another Woman?

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 12, 1998

Denise is upset after Dave is accused of chatting up another woman.

star 7.61
166 votes

#15 - Pregnancy

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 23, 1999

Denise announces that she's pregnant. Jim thinks that Antony may be a "gay boy".

star 7.57
145 votes
Antony's Going to London

#16 - Antony's Going to London

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 13, 2000

Antony declares that he and Darren, the managers of their band 'Exit' are going to London to find a record deal, of course they get the usual barrage of insults from Jim and Dave, and Nanna contributes to the fund, 50p!

star 7.55
135 votes
Babysitting Again

#17 - Babysitting Again

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 23, 2000

The Royle's decide that it's time for a pint but who will be left babbysiting, 'Big Cheryl' from next door or maybe Mary and Joe, but when Antony goes for 'a Tommy Tit' he's left holding the baby

star 7.48
168 votes
Making Ends Meet!

#18 - Making Ends Meet!

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 21, 1998

Jim Royle is getting more and more worried about finding the money to pay for his daughter's wedding.

star 7.35
268 votes