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

Friday Night Dinner

Channel 4 sitcom about a dysfunctional family. 31 episodes (5 series), 2011 - 2018. Stars Paul Ritter, Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal and others.

Another series is in development.

Series 3, Episode 1 - The Girlfriend

It's finally happened: Adam is bringing a girl home for dinner.

Further details

Friday Night Dinner. Image shows from L to R: Adam (Simon Bird), Emma (Sophia Di Martino). Copyright: Popper Pictures / Big Talk Productions.

It's finally happened: Adam is bringing a girl (or as dad would say, 'female') home for dinner. Mum is so excited, and immediately takes a shine to 20-something Emma, who is definitely marriage material.

The evening doesn't begin well, though, as Emma witnesses dad washing his foot in the toilet bowl, after he's trod in some dog muck.

Adam and Emma get on brilliantly, but just as things start going smoothly, the Goodmans have an unexpected guest: Katie is an adorable-looking, 8 year-old girl, for whom Adam used to babysit. Katie's mum has had to go to hospital, so now the family have to look after little Katie for the evening.

To Jonny's delight, Katie has a massive crush on Adam, whilst taking an instant dislike to his girlfriend, Emma. But things get worse when Adam suddenly gets sent sexy photos, on his phone, from Emma's sister. Adam doesn't know what to do, but Emma must never find out.

Unfortunately, little Katie finds the photos on his phone, and threatens Adam she'll tell his girlfriend if Adam doesn't spend the whole evening playing with her, doing everything she wants. Adam is distraught: he's being blackmailed by an 8 year-old girl.

When Emma sees Adam, covered in make-up, crawling around with little Katie on his back, while barking like a dog, she starts to get suspicious that something's up. But when Katie makes Adam hold her hand, saying, "If you let go, I'll tell Emma all about the photos", what will Adam do? Absolutely agony for Adam. Absolute pleasure for Jonny.

Broadcast details

Friday 20th June 2014
Channel 4
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Paul Ritter Martin
    Tamsin Greig Jackie
    Simon Bird Adam
    Tom Rosenthal Jonny
    Mark Heap Jim
    Guest cast
    Sophia Di Martino Emma
    Honor Kneafsey Katie
    Writing team
    Robert Popper Writer
    Production team
    Martin Dennis Director
    Robert Popper Producer
    Kenton Allen Executive Producer
    Caroline Leddy Executive Producer
    Matthew Justice Executive Producer
    Paul Machliss Editor
    Kyz Kistell Production Designer


    Series 3 Trailer

    In Series 3, Dad paints a picture of mum that looks like Margaret Thatcher, mum tries to practice her counselling on the boys, Adam brings a 'female' home for dinner, Jonny gets a revolting tattoo, Jim swallows his dog's sleeping pills, and grandma reveals she is getting married to the horrible Mr Morris.

    Featuring: Paul Ritter (Martin), Tamsin Greig (Jackie), Simon Bird (Adam), Tom Rosenthal (Jonny), Mark Heap (Jim).

    Murder In The Family

    Introducing your girlfriend to your parents is always a worrying time.

    Featuring: Paul Ritter (Martin), Tamsin Greig (Jackie), Simon Bird (Adam), Tom Rosenthal (Jonny), Sophia Di Martino (Emma).

    Tomato Blood

    Preparations for meeting Adam's new girlfriend aren't going so well.

    Featuring: Paul Ritter (Martin), Tamsin Greig (Jackie), Tom Rosenthal (Jonny).


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