The Royle Family

9:45pm Tuesday 25 December on BBC ONE

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Royle’s and Barbara’s gone overboard with the presents. “If you can’t spoil your family at Christmas, when can you?” she asks, having spent a whole two hours in Poundland.

A new neighbour moves onto the street with an impressive cleavage, but will she be welcome on the sofa?

In a flash of seasonal entrepreneurial spirit, Dave reveals the idea he intends to pitch to Dragons’ Den. Will it take off and make them rich? Or is Jim’s scratch card more likely to bring in the Christmas cheer?

Joe next door is looking for love, and places an advert in the Lonely Hearts column, ‘Vacant Lady Wanted’. Who could resist?

Jim is played by Ricky Tomlinson, Barbara is played by Sue Johnston, Dave is played by Craig Cash, Denise is played by Caroline Aherne and Joe is played by Peter Martin.

Sky1 have announced that Royle Family stars Ralf Little and Craig Cash have reunited to star in a new sitcom entitled, ‘The Café’…

Which is some of the best news I’ve heard all day!! I can’t wait to see this new show!

Here’s the press release from Sky…

We’re proud to announce The Café, a new series written by and starring Ralf Little and Michelle Terry, and directed by BAFTA award-winning Craig Cash.

The Café is set in and around a café in Weston-Super-Mare run by generational trilogy Mary (June Watson), Carol (Ellie Haddington) and Sarah (Michelle Terry).

Acting as the social hub of the seafront town, the café sees all walks of life pass through and gives Sky1 HD viewers an honest portrayal of life in a typical British seaside resort.

Sarah is in her late twenties and has recently returned home from London as she attempts to pursue a writing career. Many of her old school adversaries still live in the area and are frequent visitors to the café. Richard (Ralf Little),

Sarah’s former childhood sweetheart is a care home assistant by day and a musician by night whose feathers are ruffled when fellow class-mate and former love rival, John (Daniel Ings), now a successful events manager in London, returns to Weston to visit his elderly mother.

Chloe (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) is Sarah’s oldest friend who works in the local hairdresser and always looks on the bright side of life.

Her father, Stan (David Troughton) is a frequent visitor to the café due in the most part to his fondness for Carol. Carol, however, has more pressing matters on her mind as Brenda Keily (Seeta Indrani), a local successful entrepreneur threatens to take her family business away.

Also resident in Weston-Super-Mare are Ava (Carolin Stoltz), the polish receptionist at the hairdresser and The Dobsons, regular customers at the cafe played by Brian Murphy and Marcia Warren.

Other regulars who drop by include ‘Big Issue Frank’ (Jack Roth) and Weston-Super-Mare’s very own living statue, Keiran (Kevin Trainor).

Little and Cash know each other well, with both proving their comedic chemistry in the award-winning The Royle Family, and we couldn’t be more excited to pair them back together.

Lucy Lumsden, Head of Comedy, Sky commented: “It’s been a delight to give new writers like Ralf and Michelle the chance to shine on Sky 1HD. We look forward to welcoming you in to The Café with its amazing cast and stunning direction from the multi-talented Craig Cash.”

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