Friday Night Dinner Creator Robert Popper Reveals Episode He Wishes He'd Made
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Robert Popper has revealed the one episode of Friday Night Dinner he wishes he had made.
The hit comedy series came to an end last year, with feuding siblings Adam and Jonny finally bringing home some females to meet their parents.
Running for six series, the show was known for its bizarre storylines and laugh-out-loud slapstick humour.
But speaking to LADbible, the 53-year-old writer says there was one episode he wishes he'd made.
He said: "There was an episode where Mr Morris and (nice) Grandma got engaged, and he took them all out to celebrate to a crappy bowling alley, and that was never my favourite bit, that, I was thinking, 'Oh, I'm not sure that's quite right, is it too random that they go there?'
"And while we were filming, my director, Martin Dennis, he had an idea, which it was too late to do. He said it would have been funny if Mr Morris took them to meet, like, took his bride, the 80-year-old grandma, and family to meet his mother, who is like 105.
"And they go to her house and he is absolutely vile to this 105-year-old woman, and I thought, 'Argh, I wish you'd told me that three months ago, I would have written that, that would have been amazing.'
"It would have been really funny, yeah."
Mr Morris, who is played brilliantly by Harry Landis, came crashing into the series when he drove into the Goodman's house, leaving him in need of a new lightbulb.
Somehow, despite trying to fight the entire Goodman family and branding them slanderers, he and grandma almost ended up getting married.
But while his character might seem a little outlandish, like many others in the show the cantankerous pensioner was based on a real life human being. Really.
Robert says: "He was based on my grandmother's boyfriend. Her husband died years and years ago, and she went out with a man.
"His name was Lou as well and he did look like that and was like that, not quite as angry, but from my memory he was like that.
"I thought it would be funny if she [nice grandma] took a boyfriend that late in life and if he was absolutely horrible, and then I suddenly remembered, 'Oh my grandma did take a boyfriend and he wasn't the nicest bloke, I remember that.'"
Sadly, however, the writer confirmed to LADbible that season six was the last ever.
When asked if this was always planned, Robert revealed: "It wasn't, actually. I never really know until I start.
"I have all my ideas and I have my board up on a wall, but I never really know, until I start an episode, what it's going to be about.
"But I did think half-way through it would be great if they both brought girls round, and then I thought that one of them was pregnant and then 'oh, what happens if they're both pregnant?' So I thought that was good.
"And then, yeah, I was thinking this will be the end, because I didn't want to do a series where they had kids and babies, and Jim would have seven dogs, also, like, the world's weirdest dog that you couldn't find seven of.
"So that was going to be the end, yeah."
A special Friday Night Dinner 10-year anniversary documentary will air this Friday (28 May) on Channel 4.
Friday Night Dinner - 10 Years And A Lovely Bit Of Squirrel is a look back at the funniest moments from the six series of the hit comedy, and includes interviews with its creator and the entire Goodman family, including the late Paul Ritter (Martin), who sadly died earlier this year.