‘The Royle Family’ is celebrating 25 years with a one-off special.

The Royle Family: Down the Back of the Sofa is coming to Gold

The Royle Family: Down the Back of the Sofa is coming to Gold

The beloved 90s BBC sitcom - which chronicled the lives of a sofa-surfing family in Manchester as they spent their evenings watching television - is marking the anniversary with an updated version of the 2010 documentary ‘The Royle Family: Down the Back of the Sofa’ airing on Gold next month giving another chance to hear interviews with the programme’s co-creators and its cast like Ralf Little, 42, Ricky Tomlinson, 83, Sue Johnston, 79, Craig Cash, 62, and the late Caroline Aherne, who passed away aged 52 in 2016.

Jason Dawson, the commissioning editor at Gold, said: "A quarter of a century! The Royle Family has without doubt left a permanent mark in television history and we’re delighted to have commissioned this documentary for the 25th anniversary.

"Working alongside Craig and the brilliant team at Phil McIntyre is such a pleasure, and we hope viewers will enjoy reliving this celebration of one of the nation’s most beloved shows.”

Gold’s bosses also welcomed the “nostalgic trip down memory lane” the refreshed telly special will bring about the comedy series.

The channel’s director Gerald Casey added: “We absolutely love an anniversary on Gold, and we know our viewers love these nostalgic trips down memory lane just as much as us. It is an honour to have this retrospective documentary airing on Gold this September.”

Recently, Ricky and Sue appeared on screens when they were cast alongside other famous faces on the Channel 4 show ‘Celebrity Gogglebox’, which was originally narrated by Caroline, a role taken over by Craig, who both played married couple Denise and Dave Best alongside Ralf’s Anthony Royle.

At the time of the announcement, the actor- who starred as Jim Royle, opposite Sue as matriarch Barbara Royle - said: “When it first aired ‘Gogglebox’ was called ‘the real Royle Family’ so this is a full circle moment, Sue and I together again, in front of the box!”