The Royle Family 2010 Christmas Special

O joy to the world for over Christmas, there’s a brand new The Royle Family episode entitled ‘Joe’s Crackers’ on BBC1.

The time of the broadcast hasn’t yet been confirmed, but traditionally, it’s shown on Christmas Day.

Here’s the synopsis for the episode…

“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 effects of the coalition the most, and worry that Anthony’s lavish gifts will eclipse their present 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.”

And The Sun reports…

“THE Royle Family look set for a bump-er Christmas – as they await the birth of their newest addition.

“Anthony (Ralf Little) and girlfriend Saskia (Joanne Froggatt) are expecting their first child.

“And just as with the arrival of Baby David, the BBC comedy family gathered for a photo to mark the occasion.”

Ricky Tomlinson is Jim Royle, Sue Johnston is Barbara Royle, Caroline Aherne is Denise Best, Craig Cash is Dave Best and Ralf Little is Anthony Royle.

This Christmas special also includes appearances from Joanne Froggratt as Saskia, Peter Martin as Joe Carroll and Jessica Hynes as Cheryl Carroll.

The Royle Family – Joe’s Crackers will be simulcast in HD on BBC One HD on Freesat channel 108, Freeview channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108.

And it’s already available on some sites to pre-buy ready for its release in January!


  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • BBC Three
  • ITV1
  • ITV2
  • 4
  • E4
  • Film4
  • More4
  • Five
  • Fiver
  • Sky1