British Comedy Guide

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.

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Press Clippings

With the exception of the Siddiquis from Gogglebox, the Goodmans are arguably the funniest family on British telly right now. Each episode of Robert Popper's sitcom highlights the chemistry between Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal, Tamsin Greig and Paul Ritter. This week, Uncle Saul's funeral means Martin's mum - AKA Horrible Grandma - is back in town, making Adam and Jonny's squabbling seem good-natured by comparison.

Hannah J Davies, The Guardian, 19th August 2016

Robert Popper's family sitcom has become something of a fixture. It probably writes itself by now, but for all its occasional predictability it remains effortlessly amusing, mainly thanks to the cast's enviable chemistry. Tonight, Adam feebly regresses back to childhood after tonsillitis. But how long can Johnny bear his brother's coddled antics? A trip to Grandma's house is the trigger for the familiar fraternal jousting.

Phil Harrison, The Guardian, 12th August 2016

A comedy about a Jewish family who gather for a Shabbat meal each week could become repetitive. Thankfully, creator Robert Popper and co continue to find new ways for the Goodmans to humiliate one another and themselves. This week, Adam has won an award for composing advert music, but his celebrations are overshadowed when Jonny returns from America a married man.

Hannah J Davies, The Guardian, 5th August 2016

It's an auspicious night at the Goodmans': Martin's annual oiling of the hinges is here, marking a decade of squeak-free doors. Unfortunately, his zeal results in disaster when the slimy stuff finds its way on to Mum's pristine carpet, prompting a guest appearance from John Sessions as a rug restorer, and a hit to Martin's wallet. If that wasn't enough action for one Friday, meddlesome neighbour Jim decides to get a cat.

Mark Gibbings-Jones, The Guardian, 29th July 2016

It was mainly business as usual on Friday Night Dinner with more calamity for the family who just can't seem to have a quite meal together. This week's comedy of errors saw Paul Ritter's fantastic patriarch invite round his old uni friend to dinner however it later became clear that he'd got mixed up the two Tonys that he went to university with. Instead of inviting round the guy who he had a lot in common with he was lumbered with Jason Watkins' unfunny bore whom he tried to get rid of by telling a rather whopping lie. Just like prior episodes of the sitcom, this episode of Friday Night Dinner played out like a mini-farce which ended with a big gag that I for one didn't find in the least bit amusing. In my opinion Friday Night Dinner is at its best when we just see the family engage in witty interplay as I feel the core cast have developed some fine chemistry over the past four series. However it's when events get too far-fetched that Friday Night Dinner loses its way and after watching the series four opener it feels that Robert Popper's comedy has run out of ideas. The problem with Friday Night Dinner is that the entire premise shackles the characters to the same setting every episode meaning that Popper has to find increasingly outlandish things to happen to the family which just don't ring true.

Matt, The Custard TV, 24th July 2016

Friday Night Dinner returned; it combines slapstick with Jewish subtlety in entirely the wrong mix but sometimes, slowly, works. Jason Watkins lifted this to glory.

Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 24th July 2016

Review: Friday Night Dinner, C4

There is nothing particularly groundbreaking here. Just a lovely, well-observed, faintly farcical fast-moving storyline as one minor white lie - they claim Jackie's mother has died so that they can cancel dinner and turf Tony out - sends events spiralling out of control.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke, 23rd July 2016

Friday Night Dinner is back, bambinos

Awkwardness, colossal lies and a nice bit of squirrel. Just a standard Friday Night at the Goodmans'...

Ellie Walker-Arnott, The Radio Times, 22nd July 2016

Robert Popper's superlatively silly comedy is peerless in the way it captures the everyday eccentricity of family life. In this fourth series opener, Goodman family patriarch Martin invites a friend over for dinner, to the rest of the family's dismay. What inevitably follows is a sequence of misunderstandings and backfiring schemes, punctuated - as ever - by umpteen infuriating visits from neighbour Jim.

Rachel Aroesti, The Guardian, 22nd July 2016

Friday Night Dinner to run for eight series?

Simon Bird has told Digital Spy that he thinks the cast and writer Robert Popper could "do the same again". "There's no reason why we couldn't," he said. "I could imagine there being series eight, or series nine, but we'll have to wait and see."

Morgan Jeffrey, Digital Spy, 19th July 2016

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