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.
#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'.
#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?
#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.
#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 ...
#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".
#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.
#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.
#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?
#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!
#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'.
#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.
#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.
#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!"
#14 - Another Woman?
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 12, 1998
Denise is upset after Dave is accused of chatting up another woman.
#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".
#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!
#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
#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.