The Inbetweeners was undeniably a fantastic show, and the cast were always going to struggle to replicate its success. I mean, Jay (James Buckley) does Ladbrokes ads and disrupts boxing press conferences nowadays.
However, Simon Bird aka Will, has endured huge success with the critically-acclaimed and multi-award winning comedy, Friday Night Dinner.
Written and produced by Robert Popper, the sitcom follows a middle class Jewish family living in north London, consisting of mum and dad Jackie and Martin, and adult sons Jonny and Adam, as they return to their parents’ home each Friday evening for a traditional Jewish family meal.
It’s a dangerously simple concept but it works brilliantly as a show, so much so in fact that Channel 4 has ordered a sixth series of it. Hurrah!
Writer and producer Robert Popper said:
“I’m really looking forward to exploring new avenues with series 6. Inspector de Vries (Paul Ritter) will still be working on the Rynsburger case, but this time he’s joined by new partner-in-crime, Mees Janssen (Tom Rosenthal), fresh out of Rotterdam Police Academy. Eva de Bruin (Tamsin Greig) is now trying to regain control of her pharmaceutical company, after an aggressive takeover-bid by the always-cunning Sem Teuling (Simon Bird). But can ‘Vos’ (Mark Heap) and his faithful dog, ‘de Welson’ save the day?”
The series is actually one of Channel 4’s longest running sitcoms, having first aired in 2011. Series 5 is the second highest-rated series so far, beaten only by the first while averaging a viewership of 1.9 million per episode.
In that time, it has won numerous awards, including Best Situation Comedy at the 2012 Rose D’Or Festival and was nominated for Best Situation Comedy at the National Television Awards 2011.
The recent series also won the British Comedy Guide award for Best returning TV Sitcom. So yeah, it’s massively popular.
Speaking about the show’s popularity, Kenton Allen, Big Talk – who produce the show – CEO said:
“Friday Night Dinner has grown into a monster hit for Channel 4 and it’s incredibly exciting to see the audience growing every season as new viewers fall in love with the antics of the Goodman household. It’s also incredible that Robert has singlehandedly written and produced all 31 episodes so far, which must make him one of the most prolific comedy writer/producers working today. We’re incredibly grateful to Channel 4 for letting him have another go. Fingers crossed!”
Furthermore, Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4, added: “We’re delighted that audiences love Friday Night Dinner as much as we do at Channel 4, and are thrilled that it will be returning. It’s always brilliant when audiences for a show grow over time and we’re thrilled that more and more people are falling in love with the Goodmans. We are so pleased to be making a new series with Robert and Big Talk.”
Friday Night Dinner Series 6 will consist of six new half-hour episodes, to be filmed later this year for broadcast on Channel 4 in 2020.
Meanwhile, you can see what all the fuss is about by catching up on series 1 – 5 on All4.
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