Friday Night Dinner

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. The show received two BAFTA nominations in 2012. The first series was nominated for Best Situation Comedy, while Tamsin Greig was nominated for Best Female Comedy Performance.

Friday Night Dinner
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) 

On 13 May 2019, Channel 4 confirmed that the show would return for a sixth series, which would be filmed later in the year and broadcast in 2020.


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 Jackie Goodman (Tamsin Greig), father Martin (Paul Ritter), elder son and musician Adam (Simon Bird), and younger son and estate agent Jonny (Tom Rosenthal). The episodes follow the family as the sons arrive at the family home and proceed to their dinner, which is often interrupted by numerous things. Most frequently, it is disrupted by Adam and Jonny pranking each other, Martin's oddities and their strange neighbour Jim Bell (Mark Heap), who is attracted to Jackie and terrified of his Belgian Shepherd Wilson. Jackie's best friend, Valerie "Auntie 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 household.

Cast and characters

Main characters

  • Tamsin Greig as Jacqueline "Jackie" Goodman, the mother of the family.
  • Paul Ritter as Martin Goodman, the father of the family.
  • Simon Bird as Adam Goodman, the eldest son of the family.
  • Tom Rosenthal as Jonathan "Jonny" Goodman, the youngest of the Goodman children.
  • Mark Heap as Jim Bell, the Goodmans' odd neighbour, almost never seen without his pet Belgian shepherd dog Wilson, of whom he is terrified.


  • Frances Cuka as Eleanor "Nelly" Buller, the mother of Jackie Goodman and sometimes comes over to join the family for Friday Night Dinner.
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Valerie 'Val' Lewis, Jackie's neurotic best friend and known as 'Auntie Val' to the boys.


  • Rosalind Knight as Cynthia Goodman, Martin's mother who is known by the boys as Horrible Grandma.
  • Harry Landis as Mr. Morris, He is a rude, critical man - likened by Jim to Hitler - who crashes his car into the front of the house.

Episode lists

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)

American remake

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.


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