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The Royle Family - Christmas Special - The New Sofa [DVD]

Caroline Aherne , Ricky Tomlinson    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Caroline Aherne, Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston, Craig Cash, Geoffrey Hughes
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jan 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MK9ZL2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,010 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Jim (Ricky Tomlinson), Barbara (Sue Johnston), Denise (Caroline Aherne) and Dave (Craig Cash) return for another Christmas special of the popular sitcom about a working class family in northern England. During the episode, the Royles receive visits from Dave's parents and Twiggy (Geoffrey Hughes), as well as buying a brand new sofa for their living room.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best christmas DVD ever 11 Nov 2013
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This DVD has me roaring every time I watch it. The royle family haven't done a better christmas episode. A must watch over the festive period .....or any time to raise a smile. Love it
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious As Always!! 2 Oct 2012
By edel
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In this episode Denise is cooking the Christmas dinner at her house for the family with the help of her husband Dave. The kids have been shipped of elsewhere..after all Christmas is not a time for children ;0)Of course this couple are only sharing the minimum of brain cells between them so chaos and disaster quickly follow. It was really fun seeing Dave's family here and the dynamic between all the family members. The turkey in the bath had me in stitches!!!! Another gem by Caroline Aherne. I wish they would bring out another special!!!! I will be watching it again this Christmas!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near as good as I thought 23 Jun 2014
By Adamed
The royle family is by far one of my favourite programs ever, I have all the series on DVD and can watch them repeatedly and not stop laughing. However, this Christmas special they did in 2008 'New Sofa' was a big disappointment. Admittedly I did smile a few times at some things they said now and then, but I watched this for the 2nd time properly a few days ago all the way through and this is by far the worst one they've done. The film started off good with Jim's good old classic humor as a grouchy impatient old man, but as it got to about 20 minutes in, I was rather bored and just wanted to put another one on.

Basically, Dave started off in the series and a little bit dopey and not so bright, which made us fans laugh as all the characters played the part perfectly! But for some reason in the more recent ones, particularly this one, he has gone from not so bright to completely retarded and unfunny. Additionally, Dave's dad made this movie even worse as well, we all heard Jim complaining about him in vintage episodes and now we can see why!

The rest of the characters are still okay, they've still managed to play their characters well considering that most of them are getting on a bit now, but this movie overall is the worst royle family they have done so far. It just wasn't quite a royle family classic at all. I was happy to see that they went on to make better ones after this, which I was actually surprised to see. Such as "The Golden Egg Cup', 'Joe's Crackers', 'Barbara's old ring'... I think there's another but I'm not certain.

I have rated this film this low because there were very few laughs While watching this. But I dunno, maybe some others will like it. But I would recommend ordering the entire royle family collection (especially if you hardly have any on DVD) so you get the full value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars David senior does a star turn 5 Jan 2014
It's surprising how polarised the reviews are of this episode - people either love it or hate it. Personally I think it shows all the creativity and wit of the other episodes so far - the turkey in the bath scene is a gem. The star of this episode though is Tom Courtenay as David senior - a totally likeable bufoon.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slapstick with a Turkey 22 Nov 2009
The problem with this episode is that it moved away from the fantastic observational, character comedy that the show was know for and instead we get slapstick and cheap gags. The originals happened mostly in real time, in one setting and with no music soundtrack other than what the characters were watching on tv. Here we have a new, unfamiliar setting, new characters added and an episode which takes place over a longer time period; including comedy montages and music to show the passage of the day. The original show broke ground by leaving behind all the traditions of sitcom, and instead just having realistic characters sitting in one room, with no studio audience, doing nothing and chatting. It was brave, and it worked amazingly well. So much so that other sitcoms of the time (Victoria Woods Dinnerladies for example) looked old fashioned and stagey next to this. But, in this special episode they have lost a lot of what made the show great, and now we have ridiculous slap stick comedy routines involving frozen turkeys and reclining chairs that makes it feel more like an episode of Last of the Summer Wine.

Having said that, it is still worth a watch. The cast are great, and there are some very funny moments. It's just quite different from the original 3 series.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 25 July 2009
Was really looking forward to this but was bitterly disappointed. Not the same without all the original cast members. The storyline was too ridiculous in parts. Nowhere near as funny as previous episodes.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite up to the original series 12 Sep 2009
It happens time and time again - you muck about with a classic recipe and the result is mediocre. The biggest fault with this new special was moving the action to Dave and Denise's place and the introduction of new characters.
The beauty of the original was that we never moved from the same dingy old lounge-room and kitchen and that so much of the dialogue concerned characters whom we never met - Dave's parents, Sandra Beswick (Sandy Scissors), Beverly Macca, Elsie, Elsie's daughter Marion (very high up in North-West Water), Flat-nosed Alan, Gary from the butcher's, Lorraine in her leggings, etc.
Everybody was noticeably older, which always spoils the illusion, and the exclusion of Nanna (who died in the previous special), Cheryl from next door and Anthony, along with Cheryl's parents Mary and Joe was a crying shame.
There was the odd funny line but the experiments with farce and action-based comedy - the business with the turkey and the antics on the sofa - didn't gel with the premise of the original - namely that nothing ever happened.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars have not recieved so cant rate
will review if it ever turns up was supposedly guaranteed to arrive 2 days ago not here yet am disappointed
Published 16 months ago by Neil Gaston
4.0 out of 5 stars a good comedy
This was funny, although not as funny as the 3 series they made. Definitely a must for royle family fans!
Published on 23 May 2012 by sukimon
1.0 out of 5 stars What happened?
I was very disappointed with this programme. As a long-term Royle fan, I simply don't understand why the writers have taken the show so far from its roots in observational humour... Read more
Published on 24 Dec 2011 by Swanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Role Family Christmas Special
Side splitting hilarious entertainment!!!Fantastic deadpan acting from Caroline Aherne and the crew. The 'turkey' scene in the bathroom is genius. A must see for all fans
Published on 9 July 2011 by Moll
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I used to love the royle family series and was sad to see it end. I don't know what people are complaining about in some of the revies so clam down people and just take it for what... Read more
Published on 10 May 2010 by Buyer from UK
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
I bought this after watching the Box set of the other series.

This is so hilarious. The usual boring and uneventful kind of Royle family shows we are used to but this... Read more
Published on 9 May 2010 by Mr. M. Genet
5.0 out of 5 stars The Royle`s "The New Sofa" is A hit With Me
I havent seen this 2008 Christmas Special before ,But I Will tell you this ,I cant think of anything better than spending 50 min or so watching The Royles` and getting a real... Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2010 by John
5.0 out of 5 stars HILARIOUS!
I know everyone is entitled to their own opinions but I can't agree with the critics on this one.

For me this was my favourite Royle Family episode ever! Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2009 by Jean
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