Friday Night Dinner. Image shows from L to R: Jackie (Tamsin Greig), Adam (Simon Bird), Martin (Paul Ritter), Jonny (Tom Rosenthal).

Friday Night Dinner

Channel 4 sitcom about a dysfunctional family. 37 episodes (6 series), 2011 - 2020. Stars Paul Ritter, Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal and others.

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Series 2 - Christmas

Grandma Goodman - or 'Horrible Grandma' as the family like to secretly call her - joins the family for Christmas.

Further details

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

It's Christmas Day. Mum has made a fantastic Christmas dinner, although Adam is, as usual a bit confused: "Don't you think it's a bit weird we do all this Christmassy stuff?" "Why?" Says Mum. "Um, maybe because we're Jewish," says Adam.

The boys are delighted that Grandma is coming round, but horrified that dad's (Martin's) mother - 'Horrible Grandma' - is coming too. "When will she die?" says Jonny. "That's a terrible thing to say". Says Mum. "Is it?" says Adam. "No, not really," says mum. "Martin, when will your mother die?". "In about an hour, hopefully" says dad.

Horrible Grandma turns up with her equally horrible dog, Boudacea, which has to wear an oxygen mask ("Her lungs have rotted away" says Horrible Grandma). Horrible Grandma hates Mum's "horrible dry turkey", and Mum is distraught when Horrible Grandma brings turkey with her to eat.

Dad and the boys are jealous, as they too secretly hate Mum's dry turkey. Later, Jonny gives Adam a present. Adam tears it open, and a mass of spaghetti bolognaise falls straight onto his lap. "I must give you the recipe," laughs Jonny.

After dinner, tensions mount, as the two grandmas have an argument that develops into a proper grandma fight. And then Jim turns up, dressed as Father Christmas...

Broadcast details

Monday 24th December 2012
Channel 4
35 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Paul Ritter Martin
Tamsin Greig Jackie
Simon Bird Adam
Tom Rosenthal Jonny
Mark Heap Jim
Guest cast
Frances Cuka Nellie (Grandma)
Rosalind Knight Cynthia ('Horrible' Grandma Goodman)
Writing team
Robert Popper Writer
Production team
Martin Dennis Director
Robert Popper Producer
Kenton Allen Executive Producer
Nira Park Executive Producer
Caroline Leddy Executive Producer
Lucien Clayton Editor
Jeff Sherriff Production Designer

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