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List of Friday Night Dinner episodes

Friday Night Dinner is a British sitcom which first aired in 2011.


Series overviewEdit

Series Episodes Originally aired Average viewers
Series premiere Series finale
1 6 25 February 2011 (2011-02-25) 8 April 2011 (2011-04-08) N/A
2 6 7 October 2012 (2012-10-07) 11 November 2012 (2012-11-11) N/A
Special 24 December 2012 (2012-12-24) 1.54
3 6 20 June 2014 (2014-06-20) 25 July 2014 (2014-07-25) 1.45
4 6 22 July 2016 (2016-07-22) 26 August 2016 (2016-08-26) 1.66
5 6 4 May 2018 (2018-05-04) 8 June 2018 (2018-06-08) 2.09

Episode listsEdit

Series 1 (2011)Edit

The first series premiered on 25 February 2011 and ran for six episodes which were broadcast on Fridays.

Episode no. Series no. Title Director Writer Original air date UK viewers
11"The Sofabed"Steve BendelackRobert Popper25 February 2011 (2011-02-25)2.31
Mum and Dad are having a clear-out of their garage, but Dad is reluctant to throw away all his many tatty old New Scientist magazines. He ropes in younger son, estate agent Jonny to secretly hide the stash of magazines that he is supposedly throwing out at his flat. Jackie is excited because it is the final of MasterChef; elder son Adam and Jonny however, are not interested in the programme. Jackie is trying to cook dinner. However, their strange lonely neighbour Jim, who is attracted to Jackie and is accompanied by his German Shepherd dog Wilson which he is afraid of - frequently interrupts them to use their toilet as he has broken his own. Dad tells Adam that he has ordered fifty copies of New Scientist from 1965 to be sent to him. Dad wrongly believes that Chris Parker (Matthew Holness) is coming to pick up their old sofa bed tomorrow. Adam and Jonny prank each other by spiking each others' drinks with salt. Chris arrives, surprising Dad, who got the date wrong. Chris wants it for when his ill father comes to stay with him. The sofabed becomes stuck between the banister and the wall while carrying it downstairs. Jackie sees Jonny put the magazines in his car, as well as the receipt for the back copies which Dad gave to Adam. Chris receives a call on his mobile phone informing him of his father's sudden death. Chris is horrified when drinking from a mug and a glass which have salt in them, and leaves. Jim tells Jackie who has won MasterChef and the sofabed falls, breaking the balusters.[2]
22"The Jingle"Steve BendelackRobert Popper4 March 2011 (2011-03-04)1.80
Adam and Jonny come home to see, through the window of the front room, Dad peering into his underpants with a magnifying glass. They are puzzled as to exactly what he is looking at. Mum is just trying to have a nice Friday night, but Jim - with his dog; interrupts their meal. Dad takes Adam - who is single - into the toilet to have a private chat about "females". Soon the whole family are in the lavatory quizzing Adam, and Jonny is enjoying Adam's embarrassment. They pressure Adam into looking at Jewish dating sites on the Internet with Dad. Adam is disappointed when he hears the radio advertisement which he contributed music to and finds out that it only features a few notes of the tune. Mum questions Dad about his frequent use of the magnifying glass. He gradually admits that he was looking at a bee sting on his penis which was inflicted whilst he was urinating in the garden.[3]
33"The Curtains"Steve BendelackRobert Popper11 March 2011 (2011-03-11)N/A
Grandma visits and Mum is delighted with the new set of curtains she has bought, which she says are cream. Mum is angry when Grandma and the boys say they hate them and that they are yellow, which does not suit the room. Dad drops Mum's beef casserole over the kitchen floor. It looks disgusting, yet Dad scoops it back into the dish. Adam spikes Jonny's water with gin. At the dinner table, Grandma spills something on her crotch. The doorbell rings; the boys answer - it is Jim and Wilson. Jim does not say what he wants; Wilson licks Grandma's crotch. Back in the house, Grandma gives the boys a pound each, Dad a wallet and Mum a yogurt. Jonny deliberately scares Adam by hiding in a black bin bag and jumping out of it, causing him to drop Mum's favourite dish that he is holding. Mum argues with Grandma about the curtains and how they speak to each other. Mum criticises Jonny for not bringing his girlfriend Alison to the house. Jonny leaves in a huff to go to the pub, The Black Boy, with Adam following him. Due to having very little cash on them, they share a half-pint of lager. They are disappointed when Jim arrives and joins them. Jim buys Wilson a pint of lager; it makes Wilson too drunk to walk. The boys carry Wilson home, accompanied by Jim. At home, Mum and Grandma are not talking, so Adam tells Mum and Grandma to apologise to each other to resolve the argument.[4]
44"The Dress"Steve BendelackRobert Popper25 March 2011 (2011-03-25)1.59

When Mum finds out that Dad did not throw away his old boxes of science magazines during their clear-out, she is angry - so Dad builds a bonfire in the back garden and says that he will burn them all. Dad is pretending to burn them whilst squirrelling the boxes off to his shed.

Jim calls at the front door with Wilson and returns bathroom scales that he had borrowed, after taking his shoes off and weighing himself at the door. Wilson walks off with the shoes and goes missing, leaving Jim distraught. After Mum calls Wilson, he returns with the shoes.

Mum is pleased when her best friend, Val (Tracy-Ann Oberman), visits with Val's new dress for her daughter Karen's wedding. She looks very similar to Mum: hair and clothes. Mum is disappointed when Jonny tells her that Alison will not be attending the wedding. She and Val try to get Tanya Green to go as Adam's guest, even though he does not want Tanya. Val tries on the dress and later it falls into a box of the magazines. Mum finds out that the magazines have not been burnt. Mum makes Dad burn the magazines and everyone is horrified when they notice that the dress is burning with them.[5]
55"The Mercedes"Steve BendelackRobert Popper1 April 2011 (2011-04-01)1.79
It is Adam's birthday. As he opens the door of his Nissan car outside the house, a Mercedes almost hits him and his car. Driving it is a narcissistic middle-aged neighbour of theirs, Sheila Bloom (Frances Barber), whom the Goodmans dislike and call Bitchface; her husband Eddie is in the passenger seat. Bitchface is intensely proud of her Mercedes, and after some catty remarks, she speeds off. Dad reveals that dated Bitchface before his relationship with Mum, which the boys are puzzled by and Mum angry about. Dad is cooking dinner for the family (including Grandma) because Mum is "crippled" (in the commotion of a jellyfish sting, she sprained an ankle). Adam is disappointed by his presents: a microwave, an electric knife sharpener, a miniature vacuum cleaner and a book about the SS. Jim calls at the house with Wilson, annoying the Goodmans. Jonny falsely claims to Jim that it is traditional to give a big basket of green fruit to the eldest son of a Jewish family on his birthday. The Goodmans are horrified that Adam's birthday 'feast' is beef that Dad overcooked to a dry black lump and there are too few potatoes, so the family abandon it and go to a Chinese restaurant, driven by Dad in their Saab car. They are horrified to see that Bitchface is there. An awkward chat ensues between Jackie and Bitchface. As they leave, Dad and Eddie accidentally take each others' coats, so Dad drives the family to Bitchface's house to exchange them. After being vague all evening about how far he went sexually with Bitchface, Dad reveals whilst parked outside Bitchface's house that he kissed her breasts. He knocks on Bitchface's front door and they exchange the coats. He then accidentally reverses into Bitchface's Mercedes, horrifying her and amusing the Goodmans. Jim brings Adam a wicker basket full of green fruit.[6]
66"The Date"Steve BendelackRobert Popper8 April 2011 (2011-04-08)1.54

Adam comes home surprised to find the house looking immaculate, with classical music playing in the living room, Mum's posh bowls on the dinner table, Dad wearing a smart suit, and - most mysteriously - the table set for five. The doorbell rings and in walks Tanya Green (Tuppence Middleton), a pretty girl who lives in Elstree and whom Mum has been trying to fix up with Adam for months. During dinner, Dad embarrasses everyone with his inappropriate conversation. As Adam is beginning to become attracted to Tanya, he is disappointed to see her and Jonny passionately French kissing outside the house.

Jim has been locked out of his house because Wilson has swallowed his keys.[7]

Series 2 (2012)Edit

A second six-episode series began airing in the UK on 7 October 2012. The episodes were broadcast on Sundays. A Christmas special[8] aired on Christmas Eve 2012.

Episode no. Series no. Title Director Writer Original air date UK viewers
71"Buggy"Martin DennisRobert Popper7 October 2012 (2012-10-07)N/A
When Jonny finds Adam's old diary, he learns a secret: when Adam was eleven, he secretly dumped Jonny's beloved "Pandy" panda bear teddy in the wheelie bin, never to be seen again. This unleashes a war between the brothers, with Jonny threatening to destroy Adam's equally beloved old rabbit soft toy, "Buggy". Fights break out in every room, with Mum and Dad unable to control their two twenty-something sons, who are acting childishly. Desperate to hide his precious comfort toy from his angry brother, Adam unwisely asks Jim to look after Buggy. Jim is reluctant to return Buggy, then loses him in a lake. Martin repeatedly sneezes on things. When dinner is served, Martin sneezes all over the food and Jackie's delicious Friday night dinner is ruined. He sneezes whilst holding an electric lawn mower, causing it to shred Buggy.
82"Mr Morris"Martin DennisRobert Popper14 October 2012 (2012-10-14)N/A
The boys are excited, because 78-year-old Grandma is coming for dinner, and is bringing her new lover, whom Mum describes as her 'male companion'. Eighty-two-year-old Lou Anthony Morris is a selfish, angry, aggressive, arrogant, married man. He sports a trilby hat, a toothbrush moustache, and is obsessed with cleanliness; wiping his hands on the bathroom curtains when there is no hand towel. He is a very bad driver, parking his battered old car right up against the front doorstep, smashing an indicator. The Goodmans hate him and cannot understand what Grandma sees in him; Dad hides in his shed. Lou and the boys go to a garage, where Lou buys bulbs for his car indicator and condoms. When Adam tries to take the condoms out of Lou's pocket whilst he is sleeping, Lou loses his temper. Lou rips a light fitting out of the wall and tries to provoke Adam and then Dad into physically fighting him. The family stand in the drive, locking Lou inside.
93"The Loft"Martin DennisRobert Popper21 October 2012 (2012-10-21)N/A

To get out of cleaning the loft with Dad and Adam, Jonny says that he has dislocated his shoulder, and wears a sling. When Adam discovers that he is lying, he threatens to tell Mum immediately. Jonny tells him that if he does so, he will tell her about Adam disliking his date with Val's niece Hayley Posner, whom Adam did not call back, because she smelled like Mum.

Mum is holding a grudge against Dad, but the boys do not know why. Val (Tracy-Ann Oberman), comes round for dinner to lend Mum moral support. Dad and the boys go to The Black Boy; Mum and Val arrive soon after, and the barman ejects Mum and Dad for arguing. Dad reveals that the reason Mum is being hostile to her is that he dreamt about having a milk bath with Diana, Princess of Wales.
104"The New Car"Martin DennisRobert Popper28 October 2012 (2012-10-28)N/A
Martin is very excited to have bought a new fax machine. The boys do not understand the point of using a fax machine when you have email. He likes the machine because you do not have to read everything off a screen. Jonny, who is an estate agent, has been given the use of a company car It has an estate agent-themed, fake brick roof on top. Mum believes that Jonny bagged the car because he has been having a fling with his boss, 43-year-old Elizabeth "Liz" (Lesley Vickerage). Mum is not happy, and an awkward scene arises when the family bump into Liz outside Jonny's office. Mum has put Dad on a diet - 'no chocolate, no cheese, no cakes' for two weeks, but he has made the boys smuggle in food for him, which he keeps hidden in the downstairs toilet. Jim pops round with his dog Wilson. He is drunk and celebrating the birthday of Wilson, who is 4 or 9. Jim has made Wilson a birthday cake. Later, returning from a 'family spin' in Jonny's car, the family find a window open, and that a burglar has stolen only the fax machine. They phone the police and Jim tells them that the burglar pretended to be a cousin who had lost his key, and that Jim helped him get through the window. After the police leave, Jim tells the family that there is a second burglar who is still in the house. He drives off in Jonny's car.
115"The Yoghurts"Martin DennisRobert Popper4 November 2012 (2012-11-04)N/A
Jonny wants to split up with Liz, but is too scared to do so - especially because it is her birthday tomorrow. Adam, meanwhile, is happy to keep teasing him about her age. Grandma brings 36 yogurts, and advises him to take Liz out dancing - before showing him how to dance in the kitchen. While they dance to the music on the radio, it transpires that it is the music for the news headlines, and before long, Jonny and Grandma are dancing to the news. Dad is drying fish in the understairs cupboard. Dad tries to fix the lock on the boot of Adam's car, at which point Grandma climbs in the boot to retrieve her yogurts. Dad closes the boot, accidentally locking her in. Jim tells them that his friend Mike is a locksmith, but that he does not have his phone number. They drive to the Mike's house, where he informs them that he is a town planner, not a locksmith. Whilst parked outside Mike's house, the car is towed away. The Goodmans retrieve the car and Grandma, then the family go home. Liz turns up at the house, where Dad bores her with conversation, Grandma mistakes her for a man due to Liz having recently cut her hair short. Jonny ends their relationship, which Liz reacts to by crying.
126"The Mouse"Martin DennisRobert Popper11 November 2012 (2012-11-11)N/A
The boys come home to find the house in a bad state. Builders have been in, and have left a lot of mess. On top of this, there is a mouse in the house, due to which, Mum is in the shed. Dad - who is clueless in the kitchen - is in charge of dinner. Dad tells Mum that he killed the mouse and broke it into two pieces, after which Mum returns to the house. Jim visits to see if he can help around the house and is electrocuted when he touches wires which Dad is trying to fix. Mum revives him with the kiss of life. Out of guilt, Mum asks Jim to have dinner with them - which Dad and the boys are horrified at. They decide to pretend that Mum did not make apple crumble. The mouse is alive in the dining room. Jim is delighted to have his first ever dinner with the Goodmans. Jim behaves bizarrely: he is wearing a yarmulke which he made by cutting a circular piece out of the shirt he is wearing and he throws a plate against the wall, smashing it. He asks if Martin and the boys are circumcised. The mouse climbs onto Jim's plate, which Mum reacts to by screaming and running out of the room. They continue eating in the shed. As Jim and the Goodmans are walking through the house and Jim is about to leave, Wilson finds the crumble in a cupboard in the kitchen. Jim and the Goodmans sit in another downstairs room, which is being decorated. Jim tilts a stepladder which has an large open can of red oil-based paint on top of it - spilling the paint on himself, the television, the floor and the wall. The paint on his face prevents him from seeing and he spreads paint on other walls and the banisters with his hands. After showering, he deliberately electrocutes himself in order to again receive the kiss of life from Jackie.

Christmas special (2012)Edit

Episode no. Title Director Writer Original air date UK viewers
13"Christmas Special"Martin DennisRobert Popper24 December 2012 (2012-12-24)1.54

It is Christmas Day, so Mum has made Christmas dinner. The boys are pleased that Grandma is coming round, but horrified that Dad's mother - Horrible Grandma (Rosalind Knight) - is coming too. Horrible Grandma arrives with her chronically ill dog, Boudacea, which has to wear an oxygen mask. Horrible Grandma hates Mum's turkey because is it very dry due to being overcooked, and Mum feels insulted when Horrible Grandma brings her own turkey with her to eat. Dad and the boys are jealous, as they too secretly loathe Mum's turkey. Adam chokes on the turkey and Dad makes a bad attempt at administering the Heimlich manoeuvre, then puts the oxygen mask on him. After dinner, the grandmas argue and pull each others' hair. Dad breaks them up by pouring water over their heads.

Jim turns up three times; on the third occasion, he is dressed as Father Christmas.

Series 3 (2014)Edit

In May 2013, Tom Rosenthal confirmed that a third series was to be filmed in September 2013.[9] The filming finished in November 2013; on 2 June 2014 it was confirmed that the series would air from 20 June 2014.[10][11][12]

Episode no. Series no. Title Director Writer Original air date UK viewers
141"The Girlfriend"Martin DennisRobert Popper20 June 2014 (2014-06-20)1.56
Mum is pleased when Adam finally brings a girl, Emma, home for dinner. They have been dating for nine weeks. The evening is ruined when the family suddenly have to babysit eight-year-old Katie, who has a massive crush on Adam and is determined to become Adam's girlfriend. She is a daughter of Susan, a neighbour who is visiting Katie's grandmother in hospital. Emma's sister Helen sends Adam photos of herself in a bikini on his mobile phone. Katie insults Emma and Jonny, then grabs Adam's phone. She tells Adam that she saw the photos of Helen on his phone and will tell Emma about them if he does not hold her hand, spend a lot of time playing with her and let her put make up on his face. Emma is annoyed at Dad's boring and inappropriate conversation and Adam frequently looking at his phone. Jim arrives and Jonny tricks Jim into thinking that Katie is Adam's girlfriend. Emma is angry at Adam for devoting his time to Katie, and decides to leave. Adam falls over and Emma goes to his room to get him his asthma inhaler, and is horrified to see that the walls are covered with pictures of scantily-clad young women. She goes downstairs, hands him his inhaler and looks at his phone. She angrily leaves.[13][14]
152"The Fox"Martin DennisRobert Popper27 June 2014 (2014-06-27)1.44
Mum is training to become a counsellor and Adam is annoyed when he thinks she is practising on him. The boys find out that Dad has been secretly hiding a dead fox in the outside chest freezer because he wants to have it stuffed. Mum needs to use the freezer, so Dad pays the boys in a desperate attempt to hide the fox from her. This involves moving it several times and lying to Mum, then later to Val. When Jim visits, Dad tells Mum that Jim is on drugs and that he has been lending money to Jim. Mum tries to counsel him, and is puzzled that he has not been taking drugs. Dad then claims that he has been acting strangely due to having a surprise for her. Whilst he and the boys prepare to give her a box of chocolates, Wilson drags the fox out of the understairs cupboard.[14]
163"Mr Morris Returns"Martin DennisRobert Popper4 July 2014 (2014-07-04)1.18
Jim collects money for charity, while dressed in a full dog costume, to which he has attached genitals. The family are distraught when 80-year-old Grandma tells them that she is in love with 85-year-old Lou and invites him to the house. She tells them that his wife died aged 94. She has him read an apology for his behaviour when he last visited. She wrote it for him and he reads it out half-heartedly. She tells the family that he is much better than he used to be and that when he becomes angry, he goes to his car, where he screams - something he then does in reaction to Jonny saying that he dislikes coffee. Grandma and Lou have been back together for six months, and the family can see that he is still awful and they are horrified when he proposes to her and she accepts. He wrongly believes that there are punk rockers everywhere, and when he takes the family to a bowling alley, he complains to a member of staff about the punk rockers there, despite none being present. Jim is at the bowling alley, and when Lou thinks that Grandma and Jim are flirting with each other, he attacks Jim and tries to start a fight with him.
174"The Anniversary"Martin DennisRobert Popper11 July 2014 (2014-07-11)1.57
Mum and Dad's wedding anniversary is ruined when Dad paints a portrait of Mum that looks like Margaret Thatcher, Jonny gets a tattoo of a skull, and Jim sleepwalks around their house, causing havoc.
185"The Piano"Martin DennisRobert Popper18 July 2014 (2014-07-18)1.34
Dad's bought a piano, and a very sarcastic piano tuner comes round to tune it. Meanwhile, the family spot Val kissing a man (Renton Skinner) who is not her husband (Steve Furst). What should they do?
196"The Big Day"Martin DennisRobert Popper25 July 2014 (2014-07-25)1.63
It is Grandma and Lou's wedding. The family are distraught, but when the Rabbi (Paul Kaye) asks her if she will take him for her husband, will Grandma really say 'I do'?

Series 4 (2016)Edit

In November 2014, Robert Popper confirmed via Twitter that there would be no 2014 Christmas special of Friday Night Dinner.[15]

On 17 April 2015, Channel 4 confirmed that Friday Night Dinner would be returning for a fourth series due to air in mid-late 2016.[16] Tom Rosenthal stated on Twitter that the new series would probably be filming in early 2016.[17]

The fourth series began airing on 22 July 2016.[18]

Episode no. Series no. Title Director Writer Original air date UK viewers
201"The Two Tonys"[18]Martin DennisRobert Popper22 July 2016 (2016-07-22)1.80
Dad accidentally invites someone whom he used to hate round for dinner: Tony (Jason Watkins), an annoying man who talks with his eyes closed. Dad tries to get rid of him.
212"The Carpet Cleaner"Martin DennisRobert Popper29 July 2016 (2016-07-29)1.80

It is Dad's annual hinge-oiling evening but when he spills oil on Mum's beloved carpet, it is a race against time to clean it up before she finds out.

Adam fancies one of the waitresses at Mario's.
223"Congratulations"Martin DennisRobert Popper5 August 2016 (2016-08-05)1.57

Adam has finally been given an award for his musical talent. However, it is overshadowed when Jonny arrives home, bringing his new American wife Lisa (Skye Bennett).

It is Jim's birthday.
234"The Pyjamas"Martin DennisRobert Popper12 August 2016 (2016-08-12)1.51

Adam has been staying at Mum and Dad's all week. Mum fussing over him so much has made him start behaving like a little boy.

Jim passes his driving test on his 15th attempt.
245"The Funeral"Martin DennisRobert Popper19 August 2016 (2016-08-19)1.51

It is the funeral of Uncle Saul Richard Epstein, who was in his late eighties. His sister 'Horrible Grandma' visits the house and the family attend together. She is demanding and breaks a cabinet. Jim and Wilson arrive at the cemetery soon after the family do. Dad, who knows very little about Saul, gives an awful speech. The coffin is dropped as it is being taken to the grave, causing the lid to break. Wilson runs over and goes for the corpse.

Jonny wants to watch the Grand Prix on TV and is disappointed that the funeral is happening at the same time.
256"For Sale"Martin DennisRobert Popper26 August 2016 (2016-08-26)1.79
The boys arrive home horrified to find a 'For Sale' sign in front of the house. They try to stop Mum and Dad from selling what has been the family home for 28 years. One of the people who views the house is Jim, who uses a ladder to look at the roof in the dark. The ladder falls, damaging Dad's car and leaving Jim hanging off the front of the house. Mum and Dad change their minds about selling.

Series 5 (2018)Edit

The fifth series was commissioned on 23 August 2017 and began airing on 4 May 2018.

Episode no. Series no. Title Director Writer Original air date UK viewers
261"The Other Jackie"Martin DennisRobert Popper4 May 2018 (2018-05-04)2.60

Jim visits the Goodmans. He insists that they take Wilson in and pretend that he is theirs. He says that is necessary because his sister Jackie (Rosie Cavaliero), who is scared of dogs, is visiting him. Wilson causes a lot of damage to the Goodmans' furniture. Jim and his 'sister' go on a date to a restaurant, where he accidentally sets fire to the tablecloth, setting off their sprinkler. They go back to the Goodmans' house, where Jim says that he is locked out of his house because he accidentally dropped his keys into a drain. He admits that she is a date whom he met online, rather than his sister. The two have a very uncomfortable dinner with the family. They tolerate her annoying laugh and boring inappropriate conversation with Jim, but Mum throws her out when she says that she dislikes Jews. Mum then tells Jim to leave as well.

Mum and Dad buy a hot tub. Dad has added toilet cleaner to the water. The boys reluctantly agree to go in it with them - until they find Jim naked in it.
272"The Tin Of Meat"Martin DennisRobert Popper11 May 2018 (2018-05-11)2.22

Val, who is divorcing from Larry, moved in ten days ago. She has taken over, which Dad is resentful of and the boys are puzzled by.

Jonny's boss Nick is coming round to pick up some keys. Mum and Val are very keen to meet him, much to Jonny's annoyance. Adam pranks Jonny by swapping the keys, causing Jonny to give Nick the wrong key twice.

Val repeatedly refuses to let Larry have their car. Later during the meal, Larry drives off with the car. Val takes out revenge by covering the car with crumble, and Larry retaliates by covering Jonny and Dad's cars with curry.

Dad is hiding a tin of meat in the shed which expired in September 1996, claiming it brings good luck. Val hides it away, prompting Dad to search the house for it. When he finds it in Val's handbag, he opens it and eats it, claiming that it is still edible. He quickly becomes ill and is taken away in an ambulance to hospital.
283"The Surprise"Martin DennisRobert Popper18 May 2018 (2018-05-18)1.89

Jim knocks on the door and gives Jackie a book which is for her but was delivered to his house. He had opened the book, which is about the menopause. Jackie intends to give it to Val, who wants the fact that she is menopausal to be a secret. It is Mum's birthday and she is having a surprise party for 44 guests. She has secretly organised it herself. The party is a failure - Dad accidentally gives the invitees the wrong date and gets 6 people - one of which Jackie does not know - to come the house. Jim gives Jackie the nightgown that his mother lived and died in. Dad invites 'Horrible Grandma', despite no-one liking her. Val is angry with Jackie because Jackie knew about her own surprise party in advance and for letting people know that she is going through the menopause. All the guests - except for Horrible Grandma - leave.

The family go to a restaurant, and Adam receives a phone call from Horrible Grandma, telling them that the kitchen is flooded. Jackie gives her the nightgown.

Adam's car bonnet is abnormally hot. The front of the car later bursts into flames and has to be towed away.
294"Lord Luck"Martin DennisRobert Popper25 May 2018 (2018-05-25)2.02

The smoke alarm on the kitchen ceiling is faulty, but Dad refuses to have it fixed. When it goes off, he turns it off using a large carrot.

Jonny's friend Ben visits for dinner. He is upset and depressed because his fiancée Lucy recently ended their relationship.

The family and Ben are horrified at Dad having killed a crow by beating it with a hammer and having put it in the kitchen bin.

Jonny finds Dad's old ventriloquist dummy Lord Luck in the loft. Dad is delighted that it has been found after twenty years. He annoys Ben and his family and terrifies Jim with it. Its face is accidentally melted when it is put on the cooker while it is hot, making him look like The Elephant Man. This cheers up Ben, who laughs as he takes the taxi home.
305"The Violin"Martin DennisRobert Popper1 June 2018 (2018-06-01)2.02

Dad annoys the family by repeatedly using his megaphone in the house. He frequently looks at hair under his microscope, and infuriates his family by plucking or attempting to pluck their hairs out.

The police knock on the Goodmans' door and tell that that there has been a burglary nearby. The family realise that Jim is the victim. Another burglary happens later during the night.

Adam is expected to play his violin for Grandma, so he is delighted when she cannot visit due to her having had a fall. Jonny invites Val and her son Spencer to the house - from Mum's mobile phone - in order to annoy Adam. Adam is not happy when he is forced to play his violin to an audience of the family, Val and Spencer - whilst Grandma is listening via the phone.

Jonny is relishing every moment of Adam's embarrassment. However, things ends badly for Jonny when Adam injures Jonny’s nose with a megaphone, leaving him at the hands of Spencer much to Adam’s satisfaction.
316"Wilson"Martin DennisRobert Popper8 June 2018 (2018-06-08)1.78

The boys are threatened by their parents with no apple crumble if they do not assemble a wooden shelf. Martin forgets to put any apple in the crumble.

Jim's dog Wilson frequently defecates in the Goodmans' flowerbed and later dies in the their front garden. At Jim's request, Wilson is buried in the flowerbed by Adam and Jonny. To Mum's horror, Jim constructs and plants a cross, which is several feet tall, in Wilson's grave.

Adam is awaiting an important phone call from work in regard to an American client. Jonny repeatedly rings Adam's phone, making him think the call is from work - until Adam smashes Jonny's phone with a hammer. Adam's phone rings from Wilson's grave, Jonny having put it there during the burial.

Home mediaEdit

Series Episodes Release date
Region 2
1 6 15 October 2012 (2012-10-15)
2 6 (+ 1 Christmas Special) 7 July 2014 (2014-07-07)*
3 6 23 November 2015 (2015-11-23)*
4 6 5 September 2016 (2016-09-05)
5 6 16 July 2018 (2018-07-16)*

*Series 1 and 2 boxsets were also released on the same date.
*Series 1, 2 and 3 boxsets were also released on the same date.
*Series 1-5 boxsets were also released on the same date.


  1. ^ 7-day viewing figures for Channel 4 and HD, not including the Channel 4+1 rating.
  2. ^ 7-day viewing figures for Channel 4 and HD, not including the Channel 4+1 rating.
  3. ^ 7-day viewing figures for Channel 4 and HD, not including the Channel 4+1 rating.
  4. ^ 7-day viewing figures for Channel 4 and HD, not including the Channel 4+1 rating.
  5. ^ 28-day viewing figures, including Channel 4+1.
  6. ^ 28-day viewing figures, including Channel 4+1.


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