Royle Family fans' tears and laughter at Nana episode as they remember Caroline Aherne

It’s one of the nation’s best-loved comedies, but tonight’s repeat of The Royle Family sparked as much sadness as it did joy.

BBC One aired a repeat of the one-off episode The Queen Of Sheba, which caught up with the TV-loving family seven years on from Baby David’s christening, which was just as funny as we all remembered.

However, viewers couldn’t help but be reminded of the sad passing of Caroline Aherne earlier this year, who stars as Denise and co-wrote the series.

Caroline, who also narrated Gogglebox, died in July from cancer aged 52.

The episode is a sad one for fans anyway as Nana, who had moved in with the Royles, died during it.

Although it was bittersweet watching, it reminded us of the incredible contribution Caroline made to comedy.

There’s nothing quite like The Royle Family at Christmas, and this was a perfect episode to honour Caroline.

More in this Section

Strictly’s Mike Bushell ‘couldn’t see’ when he got stuck under Katya’s dressStrictly’s Mike Bushell ‘couldn’t see’ when he got stuck under Katya’s dress

The Script edge ahead in race to top UK album chartsThe Script edge ahead in race to top UK album charts

Kristin Scott Thomas to receive award for outstanding contribution to filmKristin Scott Thomas to receive award for outstanding contribution to film

Netflix shares first look at second series of Sex EducationNetflix shares first look at second series of Sex Education


Lifestyle

Helen O’Callaghan on the dangers of products high in caffeine.The dangers of energy drinks full of sugar

When bride-to-be Alma Clohessy enlisted her mother Rita’s help in planning her wedding, they made the most of every precious moment together.Wedding of the Week: 'It was the best, yet most emotional day of my life'

As you may be aware, new rules around motor insurance documentation have been introduced. The rules are aimed at improving transparency for consumers but a broker is warning they may have unintended consequences and could cause some confusion among policy holders.Drive a hard bargain for better car insurance

When Peter Ryan lost 90% of his vision in his early 20s, his readjustment was emotionally painful, but maturing, says Helen O’CallaghanA new way of seeing the world: Peter Ryan talks about losing 90% of his sight in his early 20s

More From The Irish Examiner