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Friday Night Dinner is a British television sitcom written by Robert Popper and starring Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal, and Mark Heap.[1] The comedy is focused on the regular dinner experience of the British Jewish Goodman family every Friday night. It began airing on 25 February 2011 on Channel 4. The fifth series concluded on 8 June 2018. On 13 May 2019, Channel 4 confirmed that Friday Night Dinner would return for a new series, which would be filmed later in the year ready for broadcast in 2020.

Friday Night Dinner
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Cringe comedy
Created byRobert Popper
Written byRobert Popper
Directed bySteve Bendelack
Martin Dennis
StarringTamsin Greig
Paul Ritter
Simon Bird
Tom Rosenthal
Mark Heap
Opening theme"Animal" (Punks Jump Up Remix) by Miike Snow
Composer(s)"Meddle" by Little Boots
"Fot i hose" by Casiokids
"1901" by Phoenix
"Believe E.S.P." by Deerhoof
"Walk The Line" (Original Mix) by Dani Siciliano
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series5
No. of episodes31 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Nira Park
Caroline Leddy
Kenton Allen
Producer(s)Robert Popper
Running time21–25 minutes
Production company(s)Popper Pictures
Big Talk Productions
DistributorBBC Studios
Original networkChannel 4
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release25 February 2011 (2011-02-25) –



Friday Night Dinner depicts Shabbat dinner in the middle-class secular Jewish Goodman family, reflecting writer and producer Robert Popper's own secular Jewish upbringing.[2] It is set in suburban North London, and filmed there, in Mill Hill.[3] The family consists of mother Jacqueline "Jackie" (Tamsin Greig), father Martin (Paul Ritter), elder son and musician Adam (Simon Bird), and younger son and estate agent Jonathan "Jonny" (Tom Rosenthal). The stories follow the family as they have their dinner, which is often interrupted by Adam and Jonny pranking each other and by their strange, lonely, friendless next-door neighbour James "Jim" Bell (Mark Heap), who is attracted to Jackie and terrified of his own dog Wilson. Jackie's best friend, Valerie "Val" Lewis (Tracy-Ann Oberman), is also a frequent visitor, as is Jackie's mother, Eleanor "Nelly" Buller (Frances Cuka). Martin's mother, Cynthia Goodman (Rosalind Knight), referred to as "Horrible Grandma", is an occasional guest to the Goodman family.

Cast and charactersEdit

Main charactersEdit

The following is a list of series regulars from Friday Night Dinner, with actors credited in order that they were first credited in the series.

Character Actor Series
1 2 3 4 5
Jacqueline "Jackie" Goodman Tamsin Greig Main
Martin Goodman Paul Ritter Main
Adam Goodman Simon Bird Main
Jonathan "Jonny" Goodman Tom Rosenthal Main
James "Jim" Bell Mark Heap Main
Wilson Bell 2x German Shepherds Main
Eleanor "Nelly" Buller Frances Cuka Recurring Guest
Valerie "Val" Lewis Tracy-Ann Oberman Guest Recurring
Lawrence (Pub Landlord) Paul McNeilly Guest Guest
Cynthia Goodman Rosalind Knight Guest Guest
Mr. Lou Morris Harry Landis Guest Recurring
Larry Steve Furst Guest Guest

Episode listsEdit

Series Episodes Originally aired
Series premiere Series finale
1 6 25 February 2011 (2011-02-25) 8 April 2011 (2011-04-08)
2 6 7 October 2012 (2012-10-07) 11 November 2012 (2012-11-11)
Special 24 December 2012 (2012-12-24)
3 6 20 June 2014 (2014-06-20) 25 July 2014 (2014-07-25)
4 6 22 July 2016 (2016-07-22) 26 August 2016 (2016-08-26)
5 6 4 May 2018 (2018-05-04) 8 June 2018 (2018-06-08)
6 6 2020 (2020) 2020 (2020)

American remakeEdit

In September 2011, Deadline Hollywood announced that Greg Daniels, who had adapted The Office for American television, would spearhead an American remake of the series for the broadcast network NBC.[4] The remake was picked up for a pilot, written by Daniels and directed by Ken Kwapis[5] and starring Allison Janney and Tony Shalhoub as the mother and father.[6] The pilot did not go to series.


  1. ^ Plunkett, John (12 February 2010). "Tamsin Greig and Pulling's Paul Ritter to star in Channel 4 comedy". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  2. ^ Saner, Emine (4 March 2011). "Tamsin Greig: 'I always think I'll never work again'". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Friday Night Dinner stars Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal talk returning to the show
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (6 September 2011). "Greg Daniels To Adapt British Comedy 'Friday Night Dinner' For NBC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (3 February 2012). "Ken Kwapis Set To Direct NBC Pilot 'Friday Night Dinner', Reunites With Greg Daniels". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (7 February 2012). "Allison Janney & Tony Shalhoub To Star in Greg Daniels' NBC Pilot 'Friday Night Dinner'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 7 February 2012.

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