TV review: Why I love tucking into ‘Friday Night Dinner’

September 13, 2021

Friday Night Dinner title card from Wikipedia © Big Talk Productions

Kaitash Aghaty shares his passion for Channel 4 sitcom

Flicking through Netflix I came across a comedy show called ‘Friday Night Dinner’. I started watching the show and slowly became interested by the characters. I saw one of my favourite actors, Simon Bird who plays Will McKenzie from ‘The Inbetweeners’.

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.

The comedy is focused on the regular dinner experience of a middle-class British Jewish family and what happens every Friday night at dinner.

Two siblings belonging to an eccentric family join their parents for a peaceful dinner every Friday night

Adam and Jonny Goodman are two siblings belonging to an eccentric family. They join their parents for a peaceful meal every Friday night. However, despite great care, things always turn chaotic.

The main character is Martin Goodman, played by Paul Ritter. Martin is the husband and father of the family. He always gets into disasters with his sons.

The actor Paul Ritter unfortunately died on April 5th 2021 from a brain tumor. I will miss him playing this character because he made the show. In a recent tribute to Paul Ritter the writer of the show, Robert Popper explained that the character of Martin Goodman was based entirely on his own father.

My favourite episode of Friday Night Dinner is ‘Buggy’, which is episode 1 in season 2. I find it hilarious. Jonny discovers Adam’s old diary and he learns a terrible secret. When Adam was 11, he secretly dumped Jonny’s beloved ‘Pandy’ panda bear toy in the dustbin, never to be seen again.

My favourite catchphrase from the sitcom is ‘this is a lovely bit of squirrel’

My other favourite episode is ‘The Mouse’ because it was funny. My favourite part is when neighbour, Jim tries to be helpful by moving a ladder but accidentally covers himself in paint and makes a mess.

Friday Night Dinner is famous for its many catchphrases. My favourite belongs to Martin Goodman and it is “lovely bit of squirrel”. It is used every week just as the family starts eating dinner and it never fails to make me laugh, mainly because of its silliness.

Alongside the show’s numerous catchphrases there are also the nicknames that brothers Adam and Jonny Goodman have for each other but I’m afraid they are a little bit inappropriate to share in this article!

One final character in the show is Wilson. However, he is not a human he is an animal, Jim’s pet dog. Jim is always scared of Wilson and that was always funny. Wilson left the show after season 5 and in season 6 he was replaced by a new dog, Milson.

If you want to feast on Friday Night Dinner all six series are available to watch on Channel 4 and the first five series are available on Netflix.

In partnership with Harington, a charity supporting young adults with learning disabilities and/or difficulties into employment, further education or a more rewarding life.

Kaitash is currently studying at The Harington Scheme completing the retail qualification. He enjoys making animation videos on YouTube in his spare time. In the future he would like to become involved in acting, animation production and as a script adviser.

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