The BEST Episodes of The Royle Family

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2019

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.

The Wedding Day

#1 - The Wedding Day

Season 1 - Episode 6

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

star 8.55
42 votes

#2 - Decorating

Season 3 - Episode 3

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 8.43
23 votes
Elsie's Funeral

#3 - Elsie's Funeral

Season 3 - Episode 4

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 8.32
22 votes
Nana Comes to Stay

#4 - Nana Comes to Stay

Season 2 - Episode 4

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 8.32
41 votes
Barbara's Finally Had Enough

#5 - Barbara's Finally Had Enough

Season 2 - Episode 5

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 8.28
43 votes
Sunday Afternoon

#6 - Sunday Afternoon

Season 1 - Episode 3

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

star 8.27
56 votes
Another Woman?

#7 - Another Woman?

Season 1 - Episode 5

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

star 8.23
52 votes
Nana's Coming to Stay

#8 - Nana's Coming to Stay

Season 2 - Episode 3

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 8.22
37 votes
Hello Baby Dave

#9 - Hello Baby Dave

Season 3 - Episode 1

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 8.14
28 votes
Sunday Lunch

#10 - Sunday Lunch

Season 2 - Episode 2

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

star 8.10
49 votes
Jim's Birthday

#11 - Jim's Birthday

Season 1 - Episode 4

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

star 8.07
56 votes
Antony's Birthday

#12 - Antony's Birthday

Season 2 - Episode 6

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

star 8.00
31 votes
The Christening

#13 - The Christening

Season 3 - Episode 6

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 8.00
28 votes
Bills, Bills, Bills

#14 - Bills, Bills, Bills

Season 1 - Episode 1

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

star 7.99
86 votes
Making Ends Meet!

#15 - Making Ends Meet!

Season 1 - Episode 2

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

star 7.97
69 votes
Babysitting Again

#16 - Babysitting Again

Season 3 - Episode 2

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 7.78
27 votes

#17 - Pregnancy

Season 2 - Episode 1

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

star 7.75
32 votes
Antony's Going to London

#18 - Antony's Going to London

Season 3 - Episode 5

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 7.70
20 votes