BBC fight to keep Royles on the box.
The troubled comedienne has told bosses she couldn't face writing another series of the hit sitcom.
She said tales of the slobby family, who slump in front of the telly all day, had gone as far as they could.
But Beeb bosses hope to tempt the star into staying on, continuing the show's phenomenal success.
An insider said: "This is not the first time this has happened. Caroline had to be persuaded to write the Christmas special as well.
"It is incredibly daunting for her as she feels she has run out of ideas.
"All we said was to not make a decision but to think about it. It would be a real shame if the programme were to end now."
The programme regularly pulls in 10million viewers and has won a clutch of awards for Caroline, 36, and co-writer Craig Cash, who also star.
A BBC spokesman said: "We are very much planning to do more series and are optimistic about our continuing relationship with Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash."
The troubled comedienne has found it hard to cope with her successful career.
She turned to drink to give her the courage to continue her Mrs Merton show.
But after a suicide attempt in 1998 she checked into The Priory clinic, coming out to pen the The Royle Family.
Last year, she quit London for Stockport to be near her mum and friends.
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Feb 5, 2001|
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