Shooting beings today on the critically-acclaimed and multi-award winning sixth series of Friday Night Dinnerproduced by Big Talk and Popper Pictures for Channel 4.
The series sees Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter, Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal all returning as the Goodman Family - with Mark Heap as Jim. In series six, Dad buys a grotty old caravan - and starts living in it, Mum almost has a heart attack when the boys both get ‘females’, Jonny buys the world’s most disgusting coat, Adam gaffer-tapes Jonny’s phone to the ceiling, Aunty Val takes up sexting, Horrible Grandma wreaks havoc in the Goodman household - and Jim gets a brand new dog...
Friday Night Dinner is one of Channel 4’s longest running sitcoms. Series 5 is the second highest rating series for the show so far, beaten only by Series 1. It also attracted the biggest audience share across all series. The series averaged 1.9m / 11.4% per episode – up +19% on slot average and up +27% for share - outperforming the Series 4.
Launching in 2011 the series went on to win Best Situation Comedy at the 2012 Rose D’Or Festival and was nominated at Best Situation Comedy and Best Female Performance in a Comedy for Tamsin Greig at the 2012 BAFTA TV Awards. Other nominations include Best New Comedy Programme, Best Sitcom, Best Comedy Actress for Tamsin Greig and Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist for Tom Rosenthal at the British Comedy Awards 2011. Best Situation Comedy at the National Television Awards 2011, and gained a Best Comedy writer nod for Robert Popper at The Royal Television Society Award 2012. The recent series won the British Comedy Guide award for Best returning TV Sitcom.
Friday Night Dinner is written and produced by Robert Popper, who co-created and starred in BBC Two’s Look Around You with Peter Serafinowicz, produced the Bafta-winning Peep Show, wrote on season 14 of South Park, and script edited The Inbetweeners, The IT Crowd and Him & Her. Robert also wrote the bestselling The TImewasters Letters books under his pseudonym, Robin Cooper. Recently, he co-wrote several episodes of Channel 4’s Stath Lets Flats with Jamie Demetriou.
Robert Popper said: 'I’m really looking forward to filming the people do the acting for the television'.
Kenton Allen said ‘Friday Night Dinner has grown into a phenomenal hit for all involved and the huge demand for new episodes is rather humbling. We look forward to launching Series 6, alongside a fabulous range of merchandise which we’re currently developing to launch alongside the next season. Wilson Dog Biscuits anyone?’
Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy, Channel 4, added: “I’m still not over Wilson...but a 6th series will put a smile back on my face. We’re delighted to be working with Robert, this amazing cast and all at Big Talk on a remarkable 6th series. “
Friday Night Dinner is executive produced by Kenton Allen, Chief Executive of Big Talk and Caroline Leddy. Martin Dennis returns as director.
The new series will air next year on Channel 4.