Channel 4 comedy Friday Night Dinner returns with seven new episodes

Production has begun this week on the second series of Friday Night Dinner, with six episodes to air this autumn and a Christmas Special for December 2012.

Featuring cast including Tamsin Grei of Black Books fame, Simon Bird from The Inbetweeners and Green Wing star Mark Heap.

Friday Night Dinner has been described as a truly original series about growing up but not growing away. Each episode takes place over the course of a Friday night, as twenty-something brothers Adam and Jonny go round to their parents’ house for Friday night dinner. The show is written and produced by Robert Popper who has worked on other hit series such as Peep Show, South Park and The IT Crowd.

Popper says, “Having spent the past eight months in almost solitary confinement as I wrote the show, I’m so excited to be out the house again amongst living human beings. Friday Night Dinner was such a thrill to make last year, and I’m chomping at the bit to start again. And by ‘chomping at the bit’, I mean I am actually wearing a horse’s harness right now, which I am chewing manically, in excitement.”

Friday Night Dinner marked Channel 4’s biggest comedy launch in the last seven years the broadcaster says and has since gone on to be nominated in several categories at the British Comedy Awards and it was nominated for Best Situation Comedy at the National Television Awards. The show has also gained a Best Comedy writer nod for Robert Popper at The Royal Television Society Awards and a Rose D’or nomination for Best Sitcom.

Nerys Evans, Commissioning Editor Comedy Channel 4 added “We’re delighted we’re going to spend some more Friday Nights with the Goodmans, we can’t wait to find out if Adam has had any luck with the’ Females’ yet, and if Dad’s cooled down enough to start wearing a shirt at dinner. After such a confident and funny first series we can’t wait to see more.”

The seven episode series will be in production in North London up until May.