Friday Night Dinner - In The Press

Tracy-Ann Oberman has said that there has been a discovery of a British Jewish comedy voice in TV and movies in recent years.

Written by Mayer Nissim. Digital Spy, 5th October 2012

Some rare insight into Friday Night Dinner's sitcom siblings...

Written by Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal. Esquire, 4th October 2012

Actor tells Gerard Gilbert about his new sitcoms and reveals his mother's real ambition for him.

Written by Gerard Gilbert. The Independent, 4th October 2012

Tom Rosenthal talks to Metro about his love for Spaced and The Thick Of It, and why The Office's David Brent is his favourite TV character.

Written by Sharon Lougher. Metro, 4th October 2012

Simon Bird feared for his life while shooting comedy Friday Night Dinner - because it was so violent.

Written by Laura Caroe. The Sun, 4th October 2012

Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal, who plays the siblings in Friday Night Dinner, chat to TV Choice about the six-part sitcom that's back for a second series...

TV Choice Magazine, 2nd October 2012

Behind the scenes on Channel 4's Friday Night Dinner we run into on-screen brothers Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal, discuss making the show and get a sneak preview of the upcoming series. (As well as laughing at Simon Bird's inability to park a car, and dad Paul Ritter's amazing food spitting talents).

The Guardian, 2nd October 2012

Friday Night Dinner creator Robert Popper has claimed that a US version of the comedy is still in the works.

Written by Morgan Jeffery. Digital Spy, 24th August 2012

Principal photography begins today on the second series of Friday Night Dinner, with six episodes due to be broadcast this autumn and a Christmas Special for December 2012.

Channel 4 Press, 12th March 2012

Emmy winners Allison Janney and Tony Shalhoub are finalising deals to star in Greg Daniels' NBC comedy pilot Friday Night Dinner, a remake of the original British sitcom.

Written by Nellie Andreeva. Deadline Hollywood, 7th February 2012

Friday Night Dinner could be heading to the states after NBC gave the green light to a pilot of the Channel 4 show.

Such Small Portions, 24th January 2012

David Koechner has landed a role in the forthcoming US remake of Friday Night Dinner.

Written by Morgan Jeffrey. Digital Spy, 18th January 2012

After successfully adapting British workplace comedy The Office for NBC, Greg Daniels is taking on another half-hour British format for the network, this time a family comedy. I hear that NBC has put in development a U.S. version of the UK series Friday Night Dinner with Daniels at the helm.

Written by Nellie Andreeva. Deadline Hollywood, 6th September 2011

Robert Popper's vaguely autobiographical sitcom isn't black-hearted, cruel, vituperative or blushingly filthy, yet on C4 earlier this year it still secured a devoted following of viewers who liked its inherent good-heartedness and lack of guile. Certainly this E4 rerun is very welcome and might help to keep fans going until the arrival of series two. Popper has adapted his own early family life to bring us the Goodmans: Mum, Dad and two grown-up kids, who gather round the dinner table every Friday. Mum (splendid Tamsin Greig) is daffy and obsessed by MasterChef, while Dad (Paul Ritter) is a bit bonkers, and has a bizarre obsession with his yellowing collection of ancient New Scientist magazines. It's all a bit Mike Leigh, only funnier.

Alison Graham, Radio Times, 26th May 2011

I reviewed Channel 4's new comedy Friday Night Dinner when it debuted, and quite liked it. It was nothing special, but it was likable, although I had concerns about the inflexibility of the concept (two young adult brothers have weekly dinner with their Jewish parents), and the lack of belly laughs. As a fan of the sublime '70s docuspoof Look Around You (co-created by FND's writer Robert Popper), I was prepared to stick around to see it grow. Sitcoms often take a few weeks to settle down and find their voice, particularly a character-based comedy like FND.

Written by Dan Owen. Dan's Media Digest, 11th April 2011

Adam arrives for dinner at mum and dad's, but things seem a little off-kilter. Dad Martin (Paul Ritter, who should be crowned a comedy king in a special ceremony) is dressed in a suit, the table is laid with flowers and "mum's posh bowls" - and there's an extra place set for dinner. Of course, it's a trap, one that Adam (Simon Bird) walks straight into when mum (super Tamsin Greig) announces that Tanya Green will be joining the Goodman family for their end-of-the-week get-together. Poor unsuspecting Adam has been set up on a date by his infuriatingly well-meaning mother and what follows is excruciating: an acutely painful succession of burps and nosebleeds from dad and inappropriateness from mum ("Give her a kiss hello, Adam"). But even these levels of raw embarrassment count for nothing when weird neighbour Jim (Mark Heap) arrives with Winston, his lugubrious dog. Winston has swallowed Jim's keys, which is the cue for a toe-curling sequence with man, beast, a newspaper and a twig. It's the last episode of Robert Popper's cheerfully silly comedy. Oh, how I will miss it. There'd better be a second series, Channel 4.

Alison Graham, Radio Times, 8th April 2011

More toe-curling in suburbia as Robert Popper's delightfully daft sitcom comes to an end.

Tonight, Jackie has organised a surprise for son Adam: inviting her friend's daughter Tanya to the Goodman's Friday night meal and a spot of match-making.

The appearance of good china and odd ­background music should be a hint that something sinister is about to take place.

"Is that somebody playing the lute?" demands Adam, confused.

Adam and Tanya haven't seen each other since they used to take baths together as babies, so have a lot of catching up to do.

Needless to say, Adam would prefer to do this without his mother and deaf, parsley-eating father shouting ­encouragement.

This episode ends the series on a pinnacle of ­embarrassment.

But am I the only one who can't quite get their head around Tamsin Greig being cast as Simon Bird's mother?

If playing their real ages, she'd have been pregnant at 16. What would the neighbours say?

Jane Simon, The Daily Mirror, 8th April 2011

A pregnant woman laughed so hard watching Channel 4's Friday Night Dinner that her waters broke and she went into labour.

Written by Nicola Methven. The Daily Mirror, 8th April 2011

Final episode in Robert Popper's superb sitcom. Mum invites Tanya Green round so she can pair her off with Adam. Johnny couldn't be happier to witness his death by a thousand humiliations. Meanwhile Jim is poised by his dog's backside, waiting for him poo out his front door key. He chats to Adam while he waits: "I knew this woman once. We met in a cave." For this line and many others FND takes its place alongside Peep Show and The IT Crowd as a sitcom C4 would do well to hang on to.

Julia Raeside, The Guardian, 8th April 2011

Last in the run of the sitcom about a Jewish suburban family. It's been low-key but likeable, each episode squirming with minor social embarrassments. Tonight, Mum (Tamsin Greig) invites a girl called Tanya over, in the hope she'll take a shine to Adam (Simon Bird), the elder of her sons. As always, the best lines come at the expense of Dad (Paul Ritter). Mum: "Jonny, don't leave your dad on his own with Tanya. He'll only start talking about Isaac Newton or somebody." Cut to Dad: "He also invented the first practical reflecting telescope..."

Michael Deacon, The Daily Telegraph, 7th April 2011

Tonight's Friday Night Dinner, chez the Goodmans, is cooked by hopeless dad (Paul Ritter) as mum (Tamsin Greig) is immobile after spraining an ankle. Of course, it's a disaster as the meat is rigid with overcooking and makes terrible noises when dad tries to carve. "Should meat squeak?" the family wonders aloud. Poor Adam - this is supposed to be his birthday treat, along with a coffee table book on "heroes of the SS", a thoughtful gift for a young Jewish boy from his dad. It's another gloriously silly episode of Robert Popper's utterly endearing sitcom, which strays into Curb Your Enthusiasm comedy of embarrassment territory when dad bumps into an old girlfriend, the brassy Sheila Bloom (Frances Barber). Or Bitchface, as she is ungallantly known. Sheila is obsessed with her Mercedes to the delight of her tormentors, who find new and inventive ways of sniggering at her - not behind her back, but right in front of her face. It's packed with minor pleasures, including mad neighbour Jim and his supernaturally calm dog, and a piece of farce involving grandma in unsuitable clothing.

Alison Graham, Radio Times, 1st April 2011

The glorious Frances Barber guest stars in this episode: she's an old flame of dad Martin (so bumping into her again seriously ruffles Jackie's feathers) and has such an obsession with her Mercedes that it routinely sends Adam and Jonny into fits of giggles. It's also Adam's birthday, which Martin ruins by cooking an hilariously awful dinner and giving his son the worst present you could possibly give a young Jewish boy.

Sharon Lougher, Metro, 1st April 2011

Friday Night Dinner throws us a curve ball this week. Mum's on crutches. Dad must cook.

The horror! Even before he's walked through the door, Adam has a near-death encounter with family acquaintance Sheila "Bitchface" Bloom (Frances Barber), her husband and their precious Mercedes.

Poor Adam. And it's his birthday dinner, too.

It's all topped off with a present from Dad - a history in praise of the SS.

Wonderful present for a Jewish son, gasps Mum.

Dad gets himself in more hot water when he lets slip that his youthful relations with Bitchface may have gone beyond the one date he's previously admitted.

But the Goodmans close ranks when they encounter Bitchface later in the evening when her snobbery sets off a sort of comedic Tourettes.

They just can't help ­themselves. And we wouldn't want them to, either.

Jane Simon, The Daily Mirror, 1st April 2011

Robert Popper's soft-centred but sharply observed sitcom about a suburban Jewish family continues. Tonight it's hapless elder son Adam's (Simon Bird) birthday. Barmy Martin (Paul Ritter), his father, makes a disastrous attempt at a celebration roast. "Is it clay?" asks Grandma. The family decamp to the local Chinese where they run into blousy, Mercedes-obsessed neighbour Shelia Bloom (a sparkling Frances Barber). Popper's deft plotting and a top-notch cast make this a small-scale gem.

Toby Dantzic, The Daily Telegraph, 31st March 2011

Friday Night Dinner rose to nearly 1.5m last night, outperforming Channel 4's 10pm slot average, early viewing figures indicate.

Written by Paul Millar. Digital Spy, 26th March 2011

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