Friday Night Dinner

Friday Night Dinner (Season 6) Review

by J. Ellmers

**** 4 Stars

‘The show is a simple one, that follows an identical farcical structure each episode, but it is this familiarity that makes the show so enjoyable.’

Director: Steve Bendelack & Martin Dennis

Cast: Mark Heap, Tamsin Grieg, Tom Rosenthal, Simon Bird & Paul Ritter

Episode 1 Synopsis: Dad’s bought a grotty caravan. Jim’s got a new dog. And the boys have new ‘females’, but they are unsure whether they should tell mum.

Friday Night Dinner will always have a special place in my heart as a show that never gets old. Every season, directors Bendelack and Dennis deliver with admittedly childish humour (the best kind) and situations that your average, British family can relate to.

This season’s opening sees Martin (Ritter) and Jackie (Grieg) in the midst of a disagreement, caused by Martin purchasing a quite frankly, disgusting caravan. Adam (Bird) and Jonny (Rosenthal) have acquired “females” and decide to tell their mum to cheer her up. Weirdly, both the girlfriends are named Lucy, which I can only imagine will be picked up again in later episodes and made fun of. As ever, Jim is back, the (lovable) weirdo from next door who is terrified of his own pets. With the tragic departure of Wilson (RIP Wilson) in the previous season, Jim returns with his newest dog, Milson. Having been pushed out of his house thanks to a burst drainage pipe, Jim and his creatively named hound arrive to bother the Goodmans in the midst of their Friday night dinner (roll credits).

The show is a simple one, that follows an identical farcical structure each episode, but it is this familiarity that makes the show so enjoyable. You know what you’re going to get when you tune in, and there’s no complex plot line that you need to pay any major focus on. This show is easy to digest, and contains simplistic yet funny humour in both physical movement and dialogue. There are no requirements needed to watch Friday Night Dinner; you don’t need to be ridiculously smart to understand any jokes, nor do you need to be an expert in any specific field to know what is going on. Instead, the show is jam-packed with silly comedy that the whole family can enjoy.

Friday Night Dinner (Season 6) is currently available on All4 and was rated 12 by the BBFC.

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