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on 19 March 2009
when the bbc announced in nov 08 that the Royle family was returning once more for a xmas special i like many others cheered as most people thought "queen of sheeba" was the final ep. Where as the queen of sheba was funny,touching and brilliantly written,the new sofa comes off as a quickkly thrown together at the last minute episode!! The first half of the ep set in the traditional surroundings of the royle house is the best part and most of the funny stuff is in this bit..but when the family reconvine on xmas day at the never seen before house of denise and david things start to go badly wrong!.. firstly i dont like the recent move out of the the royle house..we saw a scene of the family at the hospital in the queen of sheba and now we see dave and denise's house!..the royle family should be set in our favourite house and nowhere else!..not even the feathers !.. the introduction of dave's parents david senior and jocelyn,heard about for yrs but now only just seen for the first time is a massive failure. Although tom courteney is a great actor david sr comes off as just totally irritating !! and not irritating in a good way like nana was...terrible character..the lack of anthony is a mystery also..was ralf little too busy ?..er prob not!..so i dunno why he was excluded in favour of twiggy? think caroline aherne and craig cash dropped the ball a bit on this one. Its rumoured that caroline aherne has agreed to write and make 2 more xmas specials so i just hope that comes true as i'd still like to seemore royles.
If your new to the royle family check out the original 3 series and xmas specials as they are all classic but leave this one alone.