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.