THE ROYLE FAMILY: THE GOLDEN EGGCUP OUTNUMBERED, CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
★★★★ 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.
★★★ 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.