To commemorate the show’s 25th anniversary, The Royle Family will return for a one-time special.
The Royle Family, written, developed, and starring Caroline Aherne, who died in 2016 at the age of 52, and Craig Cash, 62, became one of the defining sitcoms of the 1990s, following a Manchester-based family reclining on their sofa watching television.
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the BBC sitcom, Gold will screen a new version of the 2010 documentary, The Royle Family: Down The Back Of The Sofa, in September, starring cast members Ralf Little, 42, Ricky Tomlinson, 83, Sue Johnston, 79, and Cash.
‘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,’ enthused Gold commissioning editor Jason Dawson.
‘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 Royle Family aired for three seasons from 1998 to 2000, and then returned for various specials from 2006 through 2012.
Along with the main cast members, Sheridan Smith, Joanne Froggatt, and Jessica Hynes rose to prominence as recurrent roles.
Tomlinson and Johnson recently reunited on Celebrity Gogglebox to binge watch television, much like lovers Jim and Barbara.
‘When it first aired ‘Gogglebox’ was called ‘the real Royle Family’ so this is a full circle moment,’ said Tomlinson.
‘Sue and I together again, in front of the box!’
The Royle Family: Down The Back of The Sofa airs in September on Gold.
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