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  • Actors: Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash, Sue Johnston, Ricky Tomlinson, Ralf Little
  • Directors: Steve Bendelack
  • Producers: Kenton Allen
  • 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: 15 May 2006
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EMGHE2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,418 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All six episodes from the second series of Caroline Aherne's popular comedy. Denise (Aherne) has now wed boyfriend Dave (Craig Cash), but the Royle family sofa is no less crowded for that; they and Denise's mum Barbara (Sue Johnston), dad Jim (Ricky Tomlinson) and brother Anthony (Ralf Little) still bicker and banter while gathered round the television set.

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On paper, The Royle Family doesn't sound that promising: a working-class family from Manchester sit in their cluttered living room, watch the telly and argue over domestic details (the arrival of a telephone bill, for instance, provides the big dramatic event of the first episode, which aired in September 1998). But from such small everyday incidents, Royle Family creators Caroline Aherne and Dave Best (who play young couple Denise and Dave) have crafted one of the most successful shows on British television: a comedy about the joys and frustrations of family life that's warm, honest and very, very funny--Britain's answer to The Simpsons, whose success the show rivalled when it started broadcasting on BBC2 (the programme jumped channels to BBC1 for its second series).

The Royle Family marked an on-screen reunion for Brookside-actors Ricky Tomlinson (who plays bearded, big-hearted, banjo-playing Jim Royle) and Sue Johnston as his wife Barbara, the driving force behind the Royle household. It is smart casting because The Royle Family is as much a soap opera as a situation comedy. Now in its third series, The Royle Family has seen its characters develop like real folk. Denise and Dave got married and now have a little sprog; Barbara starts menopause (how many sitcoms are brave enough to use that for laughs?) and Denise's kid brother Anthony shakes off his surly adolescence when he turned 18 in series two. Unlike Oasis, who provide the shows theme song "Halfway Round the World", this programme just keeps getting better.

But no soap--not even Brookside in its dafter moments--has one-liners as brilliantly crafted as The Royle Family. (The scripts from the series are available to buy.) Slouched in his armchair, Jim's dour running commentary on the TV shows that are on at the time are particularly priceless: Changing Rooms, for instance, boils down to "a Cockney knocking nails into plywood... Is this what its come to?" Not quite: because as long as the Royle Family are around, there is something worthwhile to watch. --Edward Lawrenson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sal on 10 Mar. 2009
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The gentle humour of the script and great characterisation coupled with superb acting make this DVD a frequent viewing choice in our house.
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As per TV series - observant, almost mundane situations reveal humour in this out of the ordinary situation comedy - fun identifying members of the family nearest to the characters.
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By Satisfied Customer on 29 Jan. 2012
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Got to be one of the greatest sitcoms of all time,
up there with porridge, only fools and horses, Sargent Bilko and black adder.

They don't make them like this anymore!
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