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


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  • 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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MK9ZL2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,989 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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3.1 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JS on 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 By edel on 2 Oct 2012
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jean on 12 Nov 2009
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! And it wasn't just me, all my family and friends thought so too. We are still quoting lines about the turkey legs and 'parallel parking the Mondeo'.

Hilarious. Inspired.
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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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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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Hart on 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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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joanne W. Crooks on 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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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Swanson on 24 Dec 2011
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 and true-to-life dialogue, and placed it in a context of unbelievable slapstick.
Character continuity: Dave and Denise began as street-smart, working-class people. Denise was always lazy, but never thick. Dave used to banter with Jim, but is now hard-pressed to understand the very basics of life. Why on earth has his character been dumbed down into total farce?
Dave's dad was repeatedly spoken of in series one as Peg-leg Pete, Limp-along Leslie, who, after some years of working at Duggan's was "on the disability". The Dave senior we were introduced to here was nothing like that, and was portrayed as middle-class, and a pernickety, annoying man.
Baby David was born on Christmas Day, but we're led to believe here that his parents care so little for him and baby Norma that they have farmed them out to Anthony to look after. And how believable is it when Denise says to Barbara, "Well, Christmas Day isn't a day for kids, is it?" Where on earth would that come from in a character from a closely-knit family? Frankly, the jokes about Dave and Denise being poor parents lack humour and are disturbing rather than funny. Also not believable that Barbara would just accept Denise's treatment of the children.

As to the farcical scenes with the turkey and, indeed, the rest of the Christmas meal, they were just irritating and embarrassing. Dave and Denise would have to be mentally subnormal for those scenes to ring true.
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