Christmas, my arse! The Royle Family Christmas special – first pictures

See the telly-mad Royle clan decked out in their festive finery in these first shots from the 2012 special

Hi Jim, hi Barbara! Have you had your teas? What did you have…?


Ahem. Sorry, forgot myself there for a moment.

Anyway, huzzah! The Royle Family are returning to BBC1 this Christmas for a brand-new seasonal special, which should hopefully make up for the lack of Royle action on our screens this time last year.

This time around, Dave’s spending Christmas working on an invention to take to Dragons’ Den, while Jim’s pinning his get-rich-quick dreams on a festive scratch-card. Meanwhile, a mysterious (and comely) new neighbour’s moved in round the corner from the Royles, and Joe from next door’s on the lookout for romance…


While these new shots of the Christmas special don’t reveal too much of the plot, they do depict the Royles in an array of amusing hats and give viewers the chance to see just how much whiter Ricky Tomlinson’s beard is this year than it was in 2010. Enjoy!