Royle Family....worst yet?

(83 Posts)
Clawdy Wed 26-Dec-12 09:57:27

The last Christmas specials have been dire. The remaining four main characters are caricatures of themselves,and the complete absence of Denise and Dave's two children (even at their Christmas dinner!!) is ridiculous. It's become crude and embarassing,and Caroline Aherne should have stopped after The Queen Of Sheba,and just left us with fond memories.....

YouOldSlag Fri 04-Jan-13 17:40:17

I agree. They should have ended it with Queen of Sheba, not eked out lazily written "specials" with half the cast missing.

The characters have become unlikeable. Dave and Denise just neglect their kids, which loses all sympathy and doesn't make me feel like laughing. Jim is only just short of abusive to Barb, in that he treats her like a slave and is never grateful. The plot and characterisation doesn't even try to be remotely realistic and it's realism was its USP.

I'd be happy for them to show repeats of Queen of Sheba rather than hash out these watered down half arsed must-write-it-cos-I've-signed-the-contract efforts.

Don't even talk to me about the episode a few years back where they hadn't defrosted the turkey. I mean that's never been done before has it? Not since Terry and June have I seen such groundbreaking originality.

Once you dislike a character, it's hard to enjoy them. Unless they're played by Alan Rickman (but that's a whole other thread...)

CalamityKate Wed 02-Jan-13 18:54:06

Oh god yes the cheeseboard "A bit of Dairylea and a smell of jigs socks" really??

If Barbara had said it as a joke then maybe but she didn't. It's just got absolutely stupid. Also a few years ago Denise cooking Xmas dinner. Defrosting the turkey in the bath... Ridiculously watery cup a soup... Just pathetically stupid.

Wingedharpy Wed 02-Jan-13 17:49:21

It was hated in the Wingedharpy household too.
The humour was always in the script writing as they never did anything anyway other than watch TV but this script was v. poor and mostly unfunny.
Regarding the borderline child abuse (kids making chips etc) that was always part of the script.
I remember Denise saying that someone had bought baby David 200 Benson's for his Christening present and how kind that was! (sorry MN but I think that's hillarious.

101handbags Wed 02-Jan-13 15:50:36

I am coming to this late as I've been away but was interested to see what the mumsnet jury thought of this as my DP and I both absolutely hated it. Such a shame... poor writing, characters have become parodies of themselves, their stupidity is utterly ridiculous and I felt uncomfortable watching - it had a 'let's laugh at poor, uneducated people' vibe about it. The cheese board witht the cheese strings, dairylea etc. - how many times can they try to get a laugh out of dairylea? I also agree that the characters (especially Jim) have become nasty rather than showing any endearing characteristics whatsoever. The utterly filthy house, the poverty played for laughs... I just didn't like it. The next door neighbour Cadging Carol was utterly ridiculous and over the top. The strong point about the Royle Family was that it was subtle and believable. This has been lost.

mrsjay Mon 31-Dec-12 09:29:27

I think the coroline aherne and craig cash have lost sight what the programme was about tbh, they should have a rethink if they are going to do anymore christmas epsiodes , one of my friends was so annoyed at this years she emailed the beeb shock

FiftyShedsOfGrey Mon 31-Dec-12 09:19:46

I agree that the characters have just become unbearable. I used to love the RF but the last few episodes have made me say "where are Jim's redeeming features FFS?", he's become really hateful.

I saw the ring replacement coming a mile away, hated the dating stuff, just found it embarrassing and I didn't laugh once all the way through.

V poor.

mrsjay Mon 31-Dec-12 09:10:05

I still enjoy watching my boxset of The Royle Family, and it's sad to see how much the writing has deteriorated.

It has just gone downhill , denise has gone from lazy mare to neglectful parent, she is just awful.

zukiecat Sun 30-Dec-12 21:19:56

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My DSD and DSS did this once while my DH was away in Iraq with the army. (when he was still married to his ex)

She proudly sent him a photo of them, balanced on stools, using the deep fat fryer.

At 5 and 6 years old. sad

alemci Sun 30-Dec-12 20:38:26

also it was horrible when Denise said that her daughter Norma had cooked the chips and made her tea. didn't find that funny.

some bits were okay.

FeckOffCup Sat 29-Dec-12 18:03:36

I agree it was pretty awful this year, I used to love the Royle family but it's got stupid and OTT now, it was good years ago when they were a believable family. The characters are just dislikeable now. My favourite used to be the one where Denise went into labour with baby David on christmas day and was in the bathroom being comforted by her dad, used to make me well up but a poster on here (can't remember who now) pointed out that everything Denise was worried about (every expectant first time mum's worries of not being a good mum, not knowing how to relate to the baby etc) all came true and she is the worst mum ever. That's taken the shine off that one for me because it's so true.

zukiecat Fri 28-Dec-12 12:59:24

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mrsjay Fri 28-Dec-12 11:54:33

The queen of sheba is a fantastic piece of television it was brilliant and i sobbed and sobbed

SinisterBuggyMonth Fri 28-Dec-12 11:20:23

I find those jokes where someone is never shown, or when chacters go on holiday and just stay in a hotel room with photo of a view backdrop, cheap and lazy looking. I get the impression Caroline Ahern cannot be arsed to write or cast a character under 17yo.

However I do love the Margaret character from Little Britain

Margaret? Margaret?





Yes?

jalopy Fri 28-Dec-12 10:43:26

It was brilliant. Cant fault it.

Cant believe that viewers were expecting to see the kids. The kids aren't supposed to be in it. That's the joke.

SinisterBuggyMonth Fri 28-Dec-12 02:19:11

Just watched the Nana ep too, I think I got something in my eye at the end.

Agree that the lack of Anthony and Cheryl is annoying. Would like Cheryl to turn up annoyingly thin! What happened with Anthony and his first girlfriend?

I think its stupid how they never have the kids in it, what a waste.

LadyBeagleBaublesandBells Fri 28-Dec-12 00:40:20

I'm watching the repeat of the Queen of Sheba, and already laughing and prepared to cry at the end.
It's utterly perfect.
How could she do such a genius bit of writing like this, and then write this year's crap. sad?

out2lunch Thu 27-Dec-12 20:06:29

i know mrsjay let's hope next year is better

GeorginaWorsley Thu 27-Dec-12 19:48:53

Used to enjoy it ,being a Manchester girl myself,but didn't really like this episode.
Seemed even cruder than usual,house filthy,the kids being never seen now ridiculous.
Did smile at the last bit though.

mrsjay Thu 27-Dec-12 19:44:44

out2lunch i think people love the Rotale familiy and look frwd to the Christmas special

mrsjay Thu 27-Dec-12 19:44:17

Barbara blowing her nose on the tea towel and somebody else mentioned the filth. Gave me the boak.

their house was never as minging as that scruffy yes filthy no it was as if barb had just given up I cant remember the kitchen being that dirty ,

out2lunch Thu 27-Dec-12 19:42:11

4th highest rating over xmas though

JingleBel Thu 27-Dec-12 18:07:54

Barbara blowing her nose on the tea towel and somebody else mentioned the filth. Gave me the boak.

Nancy66 Thu 27-Dec-12 18:00:22

Norma - Dave and Denise's youngest would be about six by now and 'baby david' would be about 12

Blondeshavemorefun Thu 27-Dec-12 17:56:08

was crap and so boring that they all repeat what each other says

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