Channel 4 Confirms 'Friday Night Dinner' Will Be Returning In 2020
Channel 4 has confirmed Friday Night Dinner will be returning for a sixth series, which will air in 2020.
Big Talk Productions and Popper Pictures have been commissioned to produce the six-part series, which is expected to start filming in late 2019.
Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter, Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal are all set to return as the Goodman Family, with the eternally odd Mark Heap also returning to our screens as Jim.
I am glad to be able to answer the only question anyone ever asks me and to say Friday Night Dinner series six is happening and will be on TV next year.https://t.co/WrVGQIglqk
This one's for you buddy. pic.twitter.com/1KR2HVXPus
- Tom Rosenthal (@rosentweets) May 13, 2019
Friday Night Dinner is written and produced by Robert Popper, who produced the BAFTA-winning Peep Show, wrote for season 14 of South Park, and script-edited a variety of shows including The Inbetweeners, The IT Crowd and Him & Her.
Kenton Allen, CEO of Big Talk Productions, 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 single-handedly 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!"
Fiona McDermott, head of comedy at Channel 4, said: "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."
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The show's writer, Popper, also released a fairly baffling statement, which seems to turn the show into some sort of crime drama.
He 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?"
Yeah, sure, why not?
Friday Night Dinner is one of Channel 4's longest running sitcoms. Series 5 gained the show's highest ratings in some time, beaten only by Series 1. It also attracted the biggest audience share across all series.
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 Greig at the 2012 BAFTA TV Awards.
The new six-part series will shoot late 2019 and transmit next year on Channel 4.
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