THE ROYLE FAM­ILY: THE GOLDEN EGGCUP OUT­NUM­BERED, CHRIST­MAS SPE­CIAL

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UKTV, 6pm

★★★★ It’s a blast from the past but The Royle Fam­ily has lost none of its al­lure. This work­ing-class Bri­tish sit­com re­volves around the layabout Royles, led by Ricky Tom­lin­son — renowned for that gut hang­ing over trackie pants look. Tonight’s episode sees Ricky take the mis­sus to res­tau­rant Wok Around the Clock to cel­e­brate their wed­ding an­niver­sary. Funny stuff.

ABC2, 6.55pm

★★★ Hugh Den­nis and Claire Skin­ner star in this amus­ing com­edy about a deeply dys­func­tional fam­ily. She be­gins Boxing Day with a stiff drink — no doubt to numb her senses to im­pend­ing dra­mas. The kids tell her to stop with New Year’s res­o­lu­tions such as eat­ing fewer bis­cuits and learn­ing Ital­ian. But her true con­cern is guilt over shunt­ing dad to a nurs­ing home.

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