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​Friday Night Dinner Season 6 Starts Today On Channel 4

Jess Hardiman

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​Friday Night Dinner Season 6 Starts Today On Channel 4

It's finally time for another lovely bit of squirrel, as cult sitcom Friday Night Dinner makes a triumphant return to Channel 4 for its long-awaited sixth season tonight.

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The show stars Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal and Mark Heap as a family of four and their eccentric neighbour, Jim.

As the name suggests, the plot is pretty simple - centring on the family's weekly Friday night meal together, which often ends up being somewhat chaotic.

A group of people being cooped up together at home as mayhem ensues? Sounds strangely familiar right now, doesn't it?

Series five gained the show's highest ratings in some time - beaten only by series one - also attracting the biggest audience share across all series, which means we've all got high hopes for the next round.

Credit: Channel 4
Credit: Channel 4

Well, thankfully creator and writer Robert Popper has promised big things for the new instalment, having said he's ramped things up several notches.

Speaking at the junket for the new season, Popper told LADbible: "I think this series is a little bit more extreme.

"It's more intense, this series... A bit more exhausting to watch, which is what I wanted to do."

When asked why he thinks the Channel 4 show has become such an enduring cult classic, Popper diverted attention from his own incredible writing credentials (despite having single-handedly written each and every episode) and heaped praise on the cast.

"I think they're all brilliant actors," Popper told us, gesturing to Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal beside him.

"And it's about family, people seem to like watching things about family I guess."

Credit: Channel 4
Credit: Channel 4

Season six promises more of that famous Goodman family ridiculousness (and toplessness).

Tamsin Grieg - who plays mum Jackie - said her character goes through some fairly drastic changes, revealing how she was worried to open her script and find the show's matriarch had taken a bit of a violent turn.

"I was concerned that Jackie had turned a corner into violence," she said, saying Jackie turns to smacking, kicking and punching in the new series - at one point even hitting Martin with a stick.

"I did send a couple of little messages through to our Bobble [Robert Popper] just to say 'What's that about?' - but, you know, he'll always say 'It's because it's funny'.

"... Not that we agree with smacking."

As for neighbour Jim, following the departure of his dear four-legged friend Wilson? Well, you'll just have to watch to find out.

Friday Night Dinner series six will air each Friday on Channel 4 at 10pm from 27 March.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, UK Entertainment

Jess Hardiman
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