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The Royle Family - Joe's Crackers [DVD]

Ricky Tomlinson , Sue Johnston    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston, Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Jan 2011
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CCRJW4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,605 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

It’s Christmas day at the Royles and Barbara is up to her eyes in it as Jim is out of action due to an unfortunate incident in the precinct. Dave and Denise are obviously feeling the coalition the most and worry that Anthony’s lavish gifts will eclipse their gift of a fridge magnet. Joe reminisces about a tipsy evening of naked wrestling in front of the fire with Bobby Carter while Cheryl recounts her romantic encounter in the local supermarket car park.

Product Description

It's Christmas day at the Royles and Barbara is up to her eyes in it as Jim is out of action due to an unfortunate incident in the precinct. Dave and Denise are obviously feeling the coalition the most and worry that Anthony's lavish gifts will eclipse their gift of a fridge magnet. Joe reminisces about a tipsy evening of naked wrestling in front of the fire with Bobby Carter while Cheryl recounts her romantic encounter in the local supermarket car park.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Royle family - time to finish? 10 July 2011
Format:DVD
Having previously enjoyed all the Royle family episodes in the past; I was a little disappointed in this Xmas special. More about nostalgia than laughs. Not one I will watch again and again...
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No longer rings true. 24 Dec 2011
By Swanson
Format:DVD
Although this episode had its moments, it is still far from the Royle Family at its best. Firstly, it's sad that another great character has been killed off, but what really didn't ring true was that the Royle's themselves seemed hardly bothered that Mary was no longer around, and this was strange given the way every character, including those peripheral to Nana's life, became so involved in Nana's final days. Mary and Barbara were good friends, and Barbara would have felt the loss of her neighbour and confidante much more than was shown. Cheryl's character also didn't show much of the pain she would have undoubtedly been feeling. Her lines when she was telling Anthony about "the machine being switched off" and referring, in fact, to the hospital vending machine, was just a tired joke centred around her weight and obsession with food, and just not authentic when spoken by an only child who had recently lost her mother.

Aside from that, something I have a lot of difficulty with is the fact that character continuity has gone badly awry. In the case of Dave, who started off as a typical street-wise working-class bloke, always joking with Jim and making fun of Barbara's less than acute intelligence, it's bizarre that he has descended into being an absolute imbecile. The Dave of old would never have announced his visits to the toilet, nor would he have been so dense that he never understands what anyone is talking about, and has become a complete simpleton. I just don't understand how that was allowed to happen, and it's not as if it makes for an improved character, it doesn't. It's also never explained how Anthony went from being jobless and seemingly without prospects to a job which appears to have placed him in an elevated social position. Having said that, I'm glad that they brought Anthony back for this episode as he is definitely one of the better characters and Ralf Little acts the part very well.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By gerg123
Format:DVD
After 2 disapointing christmas specials (2008's new sofa and last years Golden egg cup) I felt the royle family had already reached its peak. Mainly because characters had changed or had their characteristics and mannerisms exaggerated to the point where it was no longer believeable, Dave had become too dumb, Denise too lazy and Jim too spiteful.

This is true again somewhat in Joes Crackers, most notably with Joe himself, in the original series he never said a word but now he gets more lines than any other character! However, it was nice to see Jim showing his softer side again if only for a few seconds!

The episode itself was littered with funny scenes (a favourite being Barbara hoovering up her dead friends ashes with the dyson) The cast
seemed to be more comfortable and confident in their roles again compared to the previous 2 specials. They have also addressed some of the concerns i (and many other fans) had with the previous two specials. Firstly, the episode is set entirely in the royle household this time around and works much better because of it in my opinion. Secondly, Anthony returns and gives the episode some much needed plot direction, which none of the other characters seem to bring anymore. Dave and denise's characters imparticular seem to be stuck in a rut, something that could be rectified if they brought their kids into the show again (we havent seen them since 2006!)

All in all, it is a move in the right direction with Aherne and Cash going back to their routes somewhat in this new special. I would love the show to return to its 'real time' format it had in the original runs though.

Bring on the Royle Wedding!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny, But not what it used to be 30 Jan 2011
Format:DVD
Firstly this Christmas special is much better than either "New Sofa" or "Golden Egg Cup", but it is still nowhere near the quality that the series.
For me the series really should of ended with "Queen of Sheba" episode as that is truely the high point of the series for both hitting the funny bone and the heart strings.

OK having said that its past its peak, I have to say don't write this DVD off if you are a fan of the snow as there are still moments here that will make you laugh out loud, and overall the cast look stronger here than they have done for a long time.

Joe(Peter Martin) puts on a fine performance and shines here more than he has done in the past, The introduction of Saskia(Joanne Froggatt) also works very well, and Antony(Ralf Little) is back which is a good thing.

Overall I recommend you enjoy this DVD for what it is and watch the series at some point to remember its hey day.
I hope they do not make a series though, unless it can hit its old peaks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab Fun. 8 Jun 2014
By Pete.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is one of my favourite sitcom specials. Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash have written a cracking script, with both verbal and visual comedy.

Without wanting to give to much away the story has next door neighbour Joe in a much larger central role than in other episodes. The comedy evolves and has really funny moments.

Well worth buying.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. 26 Feb 2014
By Polly
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Not as good as I expected. Too much about the character of Joe and not enough about the actual Royle Family.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 16 days ago by Miss L. Bright
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
We thought we had the full collection until we saw this one, just fab. Thank you once again Amazon for giving us such choice for shopping.
Published 8 months ago by Mad4Moshi's
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
The last few specials haven't been what they used to be - The New Sofa was terrible. But this one is fantastic. Read more
Published 10 months ago by sharn87
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
A must watch episode! Bought as a grift for my partner as he had all the others in a collection.
Parcel came well wrapped and all received and working fine
Published 10 months ago by Leah1706
5.0 out of 5 stars gill
I loved this episode really funny ive watched it over & over a must watch if you are a fan.
Published 11 months ago by taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Reunion
Watching this episode was like watching a family reunion. It was great to see how each member of the family had changed in so many years. The episode, as usual, was hilarious! Read more
Published 14 months ago by twiggyonslo
4.0 out of 5 stars THE ROYLE FAMILY - JOE'S CRACKERS
EXCELLENT BRITISH COMEDY . I MUST SAY, HOWEVER, THAT THE CHRISTMAS SPECIALS, APART FROM THE SUPERB "NEW SOFA", ARE NOT QUITE AS GOOD AS THE ORIGINAL THREE SERIES. Read more
Published 18 months ago by john
3.0 out of 5 stars A Waste of Talent
I love the Royle Family, but this, sadly, is an exercise in forced effort and falls short of the obvious potential of the talented cast. Skip it.
Published 18 months ago by Malumastrum
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
I know people have mixed thoughts on Nana no longer being in the show, but this christmas special has a humour all of its own. Priceless!
Published 18 months ago by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this Christmas of the Royle Family.
I enjoy seeing how the family is doing and watching the Grandchildren grow up. An anglophile who love Britcoms more than the American show here.
Published 19 months ago by Esther D. Schilling
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