She is often shown to be more friendly, polite, compassionate and level-headed than her husband.
Barbara worked part-time at a bakery, and for a time was the only member of the family to have a job.
Jim also used to mock her for only serving her husband rudimentary dinners such as Dairylea cheese spread on toast and spaghetti hoops.
Denise is known for pulling right back on a cigarette.
All of 20's Christmas special takes place at the Royles' house.
The Royle Family have broadcast three series between 19, each consisting of 6 episodes.
A Christmas special followed the second series in 1999, while another Christmas special followed the third series in 2000.
(The passage of time as indicated by the changing programmes on the Royles' TV sometimes suggests that the action has been compressed.) Unlike most UK sitcoms of the time, the show was filmed in 16 mm film using the single camera production style, instead of the multiple-camera production style, and was not filmed in front of an audience.
The producer Glenn Wilhide is on record as saying, "It was a big fight to make sure it had no laughter track".