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.

Next new episode is on Friday at 10pm. Series 6, Episode 3
Catch-up on Episode 2 on All 4   Series 6, Episode 2 is repeated tomorrow at 12:10am.

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

Series 5, Episode 3 - The Surprise

It's Mum's birthday and she's having a surprise party for 44 guests. Only snag is - she's secretly organised it herself!

Further details

It's Mum's birthday and she's having a surprise party for 44 guests. Only snag is - she's secretly organised it herself! The boys waste no time in teasing her. Mum's friends are not allowed to find out, so Dad has to pretend he arranged it. Adam and Jonny take Mum out for a pre-party drink, before she's set to return for the 'big surprise', but Dad realises he's made a terrible mistake and told all the guests the party is for the following week. He's now desperate to stall Mum's return, and get as many guests as he can to the party in 30 minutes.

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 18th May 2018
Time
10pm
Channel
Channel 4
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Paul Ritter Martin
Tamsin Greig Jackie
Simon Bird Adam
Tom Rosenthal Jonny
Mark Heap Jim
Tracy-Ann Oberman Val
Guest cast
Rosalind Knight Cynthia ('Horrible' Grandma Goodman)
Benjamin Lok Waiter
Chris Hayward Barman
Eileen Dunwoodie Quiet Sue
Julie Jupp Hilary
Pooja Ghai Sarah
Jack Chissick Ralf
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
Lucien Clayton Editor
Kyz Kistell Production Designer

Videos

Surprise party preperations

Mum is planning her own surprise party... but Adam and Jonny are late, and Dad doesn't know where to put the flowers.

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

Party guest list

Mum is planning her own surprise party... and asks Dad to run through the guest list.

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

Paywall

Supporters and subscribers get more

Additional content and tools are available across the site for Supporters and BCG Pro subscribers. On this page you can:

  • Broadcast details of 8 further repeats of this episode
  • This episode's inital overnight ratings
  • BCG Pro business users can see additional crew credits  
    If you join BCG Pro business, you can see casting director, costume designer, 1st assistant director, make-up designer, director of photography & line producer credits for this episode.

Donate (for fans) BCG Pro

Already a donor or Pro user?