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Friday Night Dinner. Image shows from L to R: Jonny (Tom Rosenthal), Adam (Simon Bird), Jackie (Tamsin Greig), Jonny (Tom Rosenthal). Copyright: Popper Pictures / Big Talk Productions.

Friday Night Dinner

Channel 4 sitcom about a dysfunctional family. 25 episodes (4 series), 2011 - 2016. Stars Paul Ritter, Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal and others.

Series 4, Episode 1 is repeated on Sunday 25th December at 1:30am

Friday Night Dinner. Image shows from L to R: Martin (Paul Ritter), Jonny (Tom Rosenthal), Adam (Simon Bird), Jackie (Tamsin Greig). Copyright: Popper Pictures / Big Talk Productions.

Friday Night Dinner

Channel 4 sitcom observing as twenty-something brothers Adam and Jonny go round to their parents' house for Friday night dinner

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2011 - 2016
Channel
Channel 4
Episodes
25   (4 series)
Starring
Paul Ritter, Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal, Mark Heap, Frances Cuka and Tracy-Ann Oberman
Writer
Robert Popper
Directors
Steve Bendelack and Martin Dennis
Producer
Robert Popper

Every Friday night, twenty-something brothers Adam and Jonny Goodman return to their parents' home for dinner.

Adam and Jonny think of the weekly event as a necessary annoyance - necessary because they get fed, and annoying because, well, they have to spend the evening with Mum and Dad. It's not that Mum and Dad aren't wonderful. They really are. But Dad slugs ketchup straight from the bottle, Mum is obsessed with Masterchef and even Grandma likes to wear her new bikini around the house.

As for the next generation, there is much consternation that Jonny's girlfriend, Alison, is nothing less than 'made-up' and not even the Internet can sort out a "female" for Adam. Maybe this is because Adam writes jingles for toilet roll adverts, and Jonny's favourite party trick is to jump out of bin-liners onto unsuspecting victims. Of course every family has its foibles, its rituals and its eccentricities. It's just that the Goodmans have made something of an art form of theirs...

Series 2: Adam goes on a date with a girl who smells like mum; Jonny starts going out with a much older woman; mum is forced out the house by a mouse; dad starts drying fish in the downstairs cupboard; neighbour Jim makes a birthday cake for his dog, Wilson; Grandma gets a new boyfriend who no one likes; and we meet dad's mother - 'Horrible Grandma'.

Series 3: Adam gains a new female admirer - an 11-year old girl; Jonny gets the world's worst tattoo; Dad gives the boys a graphic lecture on sex education; Mum practises being a counsellor on her horrified family; Grandma goes back out with the terrifying Mr Morris; Jim accidentally swallows his dog's sleeping pills; and... there's a wedding.

Series 4: Jonny comes back from Las Vegas with a wife; Adam is left stranded outside in only his pyjama top - and no pyjama bottoms; Dad invites a friend over who speaks with his eyes closed; Mum is forced to pretend her mother has just died; neighbour Jim - who's terrified of his own dog - gets a cat; and 'Horrible Grandma' returns for more horribleness.

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