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Friday Night Dinner is a British sitcom which first aired in 2011.Contents
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 11"The Sofabed"Steve BendelackRobert Popper25 February 2011 (2011-02-25) Mum and Dad are having a clear-out of their garage, but Dad is reluctant to chuck away all his tatty old New Scientist magazines. He ropes in younger son 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; Adam and Jonny however, are not interested in the programme. Jackie is trying to cook dinner. However, their strange, lonely neighbour Jim Bell - 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 (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. 22"The Jingle"Steve BendelackRobert Popper4 March 2011 (2011-03-04) In the second episode, 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 loving every moment of it. 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. 33"The Curtains"Steve BendelackRobert Popper11 March 2011 (2011-03-11) 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. 44"The Dress"Steve BendelackRobert Popper25 March 2011 (2011-03-25)
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 Lewis (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. 55"The Mercedes"Steve BendelackRobert Popper1 April 2011 (2011-04-01) It's Adam's birthday. As he arrives home, a silver Mercedes almost runs him over. Driving is a neighbour of theirs, Sheila Bloom (Frances Barber) aka "Bitchface", as Adam and his family call her. "Bitchface" is famously obsessed with her Mercedes and its perceived wealth, and after some catty remarks about Adam's "Yugo" ('Err... it's a Nissan'), she speeds off. Dad reveals that he used to have "a thing" with Bitchface years ago when both were younger. The boys can't believe it and Mum's not happy. Dad is cooking dinner because Mum is "crippled" (in the commotion of a jellyfish sting, she sprained an ankle). So Dad instead is cooking for Adam's birthday 'feast'. After a lengthy wait, he overcooks the beef to a dry burnt lump & too few potatoes, so the family abandon dinner and go for a Chinese, but much to their dismay Bitchface is there. An awkward chat ensues, and finally Dad reveals exactly what he got up to with her... . Jackie's not impressed! As they leave, a mix-up with some coats ultimately results in a clash & fender-bender with Bitchface and her 'precious' Mercedes.  66"The Date"Steve BendelackRobert Popper8 April 2011 (2011-04-08) Adam comes home 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 girl whom Mum has been trying to fix up with Adam for months. What follows is possibly the most excruciating family dinner scene of all time. Jim has been locked out of his house as Wilson has swallowed his keys. Inside, the blind date continues, but will Mum's dream of an Adam and Tanya wedding come true? Series 2 (2012)
A second six-episode series began airing in the UK on 7 October 2012. The episodes were broadcast on Sundays. A Christmas Special aired on Christmas Eve 2012.Episode no. Series no. Title Director Writer Original air date 71"Buggy"Martin DennisRobert Popper7 October 2012 (2012-10-07) When Jonny finds Adam's old diary, he learns a terrible 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 in the house, with Jonny threatening to destroy Adam's equally beloved old rabbit toy, "Buggy". Fights break out in every room, with Mum and Dad unable to control their two twenty-something sons, who have become thirteen again. Desperate to hide his precious comfort toy from his angry brother, Adam gives Buggy to odd neighbour Jim; just about the worst person possible. Meanwhile, Martin will not stop sneezing on everything - 'He sneezed on a baby today - so embarrassing,' says Jackie. Later, when dinner is served, Martin sneezes all over the food and Jackie's delicious Friday night dinner is ruined. But what happens when hopeless Jim accidentally loses Buggy in a lake? And why is Jim speaking Chinese? 82"Mr Morris"Martin DennisRobert Popper14 October 2012 (2012-10-14) The boys are excited, because Grandma is coming for dinner, and tonight she is bringing her new boyfriend. 'He's not her boyfriend,' says Mum, he's her 'male companion'. Eighty-two-year-old Lou Anthony Morris is a horrible, vain man, who 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. Mr Morris is also the world's worst driver, parking his battered old car right up against the front doorstep, smashing his headlamp. None of the family can see what Lovely Grandma sees in him. Dad cannot stand the man and hides in his shed (while rifling through his box of fossils, saying that he's 'looking for trilobites'). But none of the family are quite prepared for what happens when Mr Morris suddenly loses his temper... 93"The Loft"Martin DennisRobert Popper21 October 2012 (2012-10-21) To get out of cleaning the loft with Dad and Adam, Jonny claims to have dislocated his shoulder. But when Adam discovers he's lying, he threatens to tell mum immediately. "Fine," says Jonny, '"Then I'll just tell her all the grotty details of what you got up to with Hayley Posner". Adam is horrified. Hayley was Adam's blind date - the niece of his Mum's best friend Val - and he slept with her and then never called back, "because she smelt like Mum". Mum mustn't find this out, so Adam has to let Jonny get away with his pretend bad shoulder. Meanwhile, Mum and Dad are not on speaking terms as there's been a terrible argument. Dad tells the boys that the reason - much to their horror - is 'sexual'. But what exactly he got up to, no one will tell them. Val (Tracy-Ann Oberman), comes round for dinner to lend mum moral support, as mum's argument with Dad escalates. What is Mum and Dad's terrible secret? And will mum and dad find out all about Jonny and Adam's secrets too? All this, and a visit to the unfriendliest pub in the world - The Black Boy. 104"The New Car"Martin DennisRobert Popper28 October 2012 (2012-10-28) Martin is very excited. He's just bought a new fax machine. The boys can't believe it 'What's the point of using a fax machine when you've got email?' they ask. 'So you don't have to read everything off a bloody screen,' replies dad. Jonny, who's an estate agent, has been given a company car - the uncoolest car possible. It has a giant, estate agent-themed, fake brick roof on top. Adam calls it a 'house'. Mum soon learns that Jonny bagged the car because he'd been sleeping with his boss, the much older Liz (Lesley Vickerage). Mum is not happy, and an awkward scene arises when the family bump into Liz outside Jonny's office. Meanwhile mum has put dad on a diet - 'no chocolate, no cheese, no cakes' for two weeks, but dad 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's drunk, as he's celebrating Wilson's birthday. ('Wilson is either 4 or 9'). Jim has even made Wilson a birthday cake. Later, returning from a 'family spin' in Jonny's car, the family find something awful has happened to their house... 115"The Yoghurts"Martin DennisRobert Popper4 November 2012 (2012-11-04) Jonny is in a real pickle: he wants to split up with his 43-year-old girlfriend/boss, Liz, but is too scared to do so. Adam, meanwhile, is happy to keep teasing him about her age ('I'll switch the stairlift on'). Grandma offers Jonny some advice - 'Take her out dancing' - before showing him how to dance in the kitchen. While they dance to the music on the radio, it transpires that it's just the music for the news headlines, and before long, Jonny and Grandma are actually dancing to the news. Adam is loving it. Meanwhile, Dad has been drying fish under the stairs (Dad: 'Have you never had dried fish before?' 'Not from a cupboard' replies Adam). Then Grandma gets locked in the boot of Adam's car and everything changes. How will they get her out? And as if that isn't bad enough, Jonny's girlfriend, Liz turns up at the house. 126"The Mouse"Martin DennisRobert Popper11 November 2012 (2012-11-11) The boys come home to find the house in a real state. The builders have been in, and everywhere they look, there's mess. On top of this, there's a mouse in the house, and mum is hiding in the shed. Dad - who's clueless in the kitchen - is left in charge of dinner ('I might as well be boiling a table'). But when Jim pops round to see if he can help around the house, something quite terrible happens to him, and mum is forced - out of guilt - to ask Jim over for dinner. This is Jim's happiest moment ever - finally, his first ever Friday night dinner with the Goodmans. Dad and the boys are livid with mum for asking him round. What follows is an excruciating dinner scene; along with Jim's peculiar eating habits ('I prefer to tear my food'), Jim's conversation skills have a lot to be desired ('Martin, are you circumcised?' he asks an unsuspecting dad). Things get even worse very quickly, as Jim leaves a trail of destruction in the house... Christmas special (2012) Episode no. Title Director Writer Original air date 13"Christmas Special"Martin DennisRobert Popper24 December 2012 (2012-12-24) It's Christmas day. Mum has made a fantastic Christmas dinner. The boys are delighted that Grandma is coming round, but horrified that Dad's mother - 'Horrible Grandma' (Rosalind Knight) - is coming too. Horrible Grandma turns up with her equally horrible dog, Boudacea, which has to wear an oxygen mask. Horrible Grandma hates mum's 'horrible dry turkey', and mum is distraught when Horrible Grandma brings her own turkey with her to eat. Dad and the boys are jealous, as they too secretly loathe mum's dry turkey. After dinner, tensions mount, as the two grandmas have an argument that develops into a fight. And then Jim turns up, dressed as Father Christmas... Series 3 (2014)
In May 2013 Tom Rosenthal confirmed that a third series was to be filmed in September 2013. The filming finished in November 2013 and on 2 June 2014 it was confirmed that the series will air from 20 June 2014.Episode no. Series no. Title Director Writer Original air date 141"The Girlfriend"Martin DennisRobert Popper20 June 2014 (2014-06-20) Adam finally brings a girl home for dinner, but the evening is ruined when the family suddenly have to look after eight-year-old Katie, who has a massive girlie crush on Adam. 152"The Fox"Martin DennisRobert Popper27 June 2014 (2014-06-27) Dad has been secretly hiding a dead fox in the outside freezer as he wants to get it stuffed. But when Mum needs to use the freezer, Dad enlists Adam and Jonny in a desperate attempt to hide the dead animal from her. 163"Mr Morris Returns"Martin DennisRobert Popper4 July 2014 (2014-07-04) The family are distraught when Grandma gets engaged to Mr Morris, her horrible 85-year-old boyfriend. Meanwhile, Jim collects money for charity, while dressed in full dog costume, complete with doggy testicles. 174"The Anniversary"Martin DennisRobert Popper11 July 2014 (2014-07-11) Mum and Dad's anniversary is ruined when Dad paints a portrait of Mum that looks like Margaret Thatcher, Jonny gets a tattoo of a skull, and Jim sleep-walks around their house, causing havoc. 185"The Piano"Martin DennisRobert Popper18 July 2014 (2014-07-18) Dad's bought a piano, and the world's most sarcastic piano tuner comes round to tune it. Meanwhile, the family spot Aunty Val kissing a man (Renton Skinner) who's not her husband (Steve Furst). What should they do? 196"The Big Day"Martin DennisRobert Popper25 July 2014 (2014-07-25) It's Grandma's wedding day, and she's getting married to the horrible Mr Morris. The family are distraught, but when the Rabbi (Paul Kaye) asks her if she'll take him for her husband, will Grandma really say 'I do'? Series 4 (2016)
In November 2014, Robert Popper confirmed via Twitter that there would be no 2014 Christmas special of Friday Night Dinner.
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. Tom Rosenthal stated on Twitter that the new series would probably be filming in early 2016.
The fourth series began airing on 22 July 2016.Episode no. Series no. Title Director Writer Original air date UK viewers (millions) 201"The Two Tonys"Martin DennisRobert Popper22 July 2016 (2016-07-22)1.8 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)1.8
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, 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)
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 (millions) 261"The Other Jackie"Martin DennisRobert Popper4 May 2018 (2018-05-04)2.6
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. He opens it and eats it, claiming that it is still edible. He quickly becomes ill and is taken 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. 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 cab 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 in the night.
Adam is expected to play his violin for Grandma, so he is delighted when she cannot visit due to having fallen over. 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 drops dead 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 media 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.