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'Royle Family' won't return for Christmas special in 2013

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The Royle Family will not return for a Christmas special in 2013, it has been confirmed.

Broadcast journalist Robin Parker announced the news on Twitter following a Broadcasting Press Guild lunch with BBC comedy boss Shane Allen.

The Royle Family 2012 Christmas Special: Barbara Royle (SUE JOHNSTON), Jim Royle (RICKY TOMLINSON)

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The last Royle Family special 'Barbara's Old Ring' aired on Christmas Day 2012 and attracted an audience of 9.9 million.

Allen confirmed that BBC One's Citizen Khan and Not Going Out would have Christmas specials later this year.

The new comedy boss, who previously worked at Channel 4, also teased that he is in talks with Catherine Tate about new comedy shows with the BBC and that the door is open for more Absolutely Fabulous specials.

The BBC comedy team announced today that Count Arthur Strong has been given a second series.

Meanwhile, Ben Elton's The Wright Way and Sue Perkins's Heading Out have been axed.

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