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Cultural mirrors – Television drama
in the EFL classroom
by Dr Richard Kiely
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The Royle Family – Excerpt from Series 2, Episode 5


Jim Royle
Barbara Royle – his wife
Denise – his daughter
Dave - his son-in-law



B: Don’t worry about it Jim I’ll get it.

Da: Hi Barbara

De: Hi Mam

Living room

Da: Alright Jim

J im: Hiya Dave

Da: What’s up with Barbara Jim? She looks a bit upset. Denise’s gone in kitchen with her

J: Oh there’s nothing wrong with her. It’s the menopause the bloody change do you know what I’m up to there with it


B: I’m just his bloody skivvy it was worse when your Nana was staying I’d come home from work and that sink would be full of pots they’d be fighting and I just wanted to get my coat on and go somewhere

De: Ah Mam, he’s just so lazy

B: Well, he hasn’t got any hobbies I try and think of things for him to do he does the crossword in the paper right so I bought him a puzzler the other day and he just went mad he said I’d wasted £1.70 and he wouldn’t speak to me for the rest of the night it’s not a life this it’s just a bloody existence

De: And he’s always got bits of food stuck in his beard

B: Well he never has a wash

Living room

J: How long does it last this change mullarkey?

Da: Don’t know a few years innit?

J: Bloody hell!


B: The only time he has a wash is when he goes to the doctor’s he just sits there mouthing off in that chair another time I came in your Nana’s face was like thunder he wouldn’t put drops her in

De: He’s just so selfish

B: Poor Anthony He’s got no confidence Jim’s knocked it all out of him, calling him a lanky streak of piss all the time

De: Well he has got a point there

Living room

J: Has your Mam had her change yet?

Da: Don’t know she’s not said nowt.


B: So most of the time, most of the time, I put up with it while you two were growing up

De: Oh

B: Now I don’t know why I’m here Denise

De: Oh Mam you could come and live with us no you could,

B: Oh Denise,

De: When that baby’s born I’m going to be rushed off my feet

Living room

J: Tell you what, Dave, you should have seen her before she’s gone too far this time

D: Why?

J: Bang! she just switched the telly off

D: No need for that.

J: That’s what I mean


De: (Comforting Barbara who is crying) Oh Oh Do you like my new top?

Living room

J: I’m not one of those husbands that goes out every night admittedly I would if I could afford it. I have two nights and one afternoon a week and it’s still not bloody good enough

Da: I don’t want to get involved Jim she does work hard though

J: Hard my arse a couple of hours in the bloody bakery

Da: Erm I don’t want to get involved it’s nowt to do with me


De: Oh

Living room

J: The trouble with me lad is I’m too bloody easy-going she walks all over me I mean the days she does work in the bakery it can be half seven, a quarter to eight before my tea’s ready I don’t say nothing I just get on with it.


B: He’s got no conversation about him at all do you know he absolutely hated work hated it I always thought that when he gave it up I ‘d see a lovely side of Jim that I’d never seen before. There isn’t one.

De: No.

B: You know the doctor said about this HRT thing. He said have a little think and go discuss it with your husband all Jim could say was: That HRT’s horse’s piss and them doctors are raking it in

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