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This year’s The Royle Family Christmas special has been shelved by the BBC. The reason for this is that the writers, Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash, have not finished writing the script before its deadline.

Bosses at BBC One are said to be ‘really disappointed’ at the delay. Last year’s Christmas special drew 9.9 million viewers.

A BBC spokesman said: “We will all miss The Royle Family this Christmas but look forward all the more to their next outing on BBC One.”


The actors, including Sue Johnson and Ricky Tomlinson, have reportedly been told they will not now be needed for recording because the writers did not deliver the script to schedule. Aherne and Cash will now concentrate on writing for a show next Christmas in 2012.

It appears to be a busy time for the channel with comedy over the festive period. It will see the return of Absolutely Fabulous and a new show for comedian Michael McIntyre.


The BBC Comedy page for The Royle Family is here

Last updated: 20/04/2018 00:57:44

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