It has to be said that The Royle Family is one of the best sitcoms to come out of the UK and they’re set to celebrate 25 years with a one-off special.
Set in Manchester, the BBC sitcom revolved around a family as they spent their evenings watching tele on the sofa. And it’s set to mark its anniversary with an updated version of the 2010 documentary the Royle Family: Down the Back of the Sofa.
Set to air on Gold next month, the show will give fans another chance to hear interviews with the programme’s cast and co-creators, including Ralf Little, 42, Ricky Tomlinson, 83, Sue Johnston, 79, Craig Cash, 62 and the late Caroline Aherne, who died in 2016 aged 52
Jason Dawson, the commissioning editor at Gold, said: “A quarter of a century! The Royle Family has without doubt left a permanent mark in television history and we’re delighted to have commissioned this documentary for the 25th anniversary.
“Working alongside Craig and the brilliant team at Phil McIntyre is such a pleasure, and we hope viewers will enjoy reliving this celebration of one of the nation’s most beloved shows.
The also said that the show will be a “nostalgic trip down memory lane”.
The channel’s director Gerald Casey added: “We absolutely love an anniversary on Gold, and we know our viewers love these nostalgic trips down memory lane just as much as us. It is an honour to have this retrospective documentary airing on Gold this September.”
The Royle Family ran for three series on the BBC from 1998 to 2000 and included specials which ran from 2006-2012.
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