Filming has finally started on the sixth season of Friday Night Dinner. Thank the sweet lord.
It's been more than a year since we last saw the Goodman family, but they're back and gearing up for another season, due out next year on Channel 4.
The exciting news was confirmed by the show's creator 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.
Taking to Twitter, Popper posted a photograph of the first slate of the new series, with the caption: "And thus we begin..."
Since the first season aired in 2011, it has become a certified fan favourite.
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!"
The show's return was confirmed earlier this year.
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."
So, what can fans expect to see in the latest series?
Speaking ahead of filming this year, 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?"
Friday Night Dinner is one of Channel 4's longest running sitcoms. Series five gained the show's highest ratings in some time, beaten only by series one. It also attracted the biggest audience share across all series.
Launching in 2011, the show has gone 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.
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