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Special Documentary To Celebrate Friday Night Dinner 10th Anniversary

Special Documentary To Celebrate Friday Night Dinner 10th Anniversary

A special documentary is set to hit our screens to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Friday Night Dinner.

You Look Nice: The True Story of Friday Night Dinner will offer a behind the scenes look at the cult comedy, from the five-minute pilot that launched it, shot in creator Robert Popper's parents' house, to the six season that followed.

The 90-minute doc will also include interviews with the cast: Tamsin Greig (Mum); Paul Ritter (Dad); Simon Bird (Adam); Tom Rosenthal (Jonny); and, of course, oddball neighbour, Mark Heap (Jim).

As well as that, some of the supporting cast, including Tracy-Ann Oberman (Auntie Val), Rosie Cavaliero (The Other Jackie), and Harry Landis (Mr Morris), will also offer their insight into the show.

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Friday Night Dinner is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Credit: Channel 4
Friday Night Dinner is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Credit: Channel 4

And if that wasn't enough, the film will be followed by the the nation's top three favourite Friday Night Dinner episodes - as voted by the British public.

Speaking about the exciting announcement, Robert Popper said: "I'm delighted that the cast and crew's amazing work is being recognised in this documentary - unless, of course, everything in it is entirely negative."

Kenton Allen, Big Talk CEO said it's a fantastic achievement for everyone involved in the show and that he can't wait to share it with its army of fans.

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He said: "For the first time ever Friday Night Dinner Night will reveal the true story of how a tiny idea became a massive hit. In these incredibly difficult times, I couldn't be more delighted that Channel 4 have decided to take fans of the show behind the scenes to discover what it really takes to make a lovely bit of squirrel for millions of viewers."

Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4, added: "Over the past ten years Friday Night Dinner has become a critically-acclaimed, ratings and award-winning smash hit, with viewers loving our dysfunctional family as much as we do.

The cast and creators will give behind the scenes access to the hit comedy. Credit: Channel 4
The cast and creators will give behind the scenes access to the hit comedy. Credit: Channel 4
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"We're looking forward to spending an evening giving them the celebration they deserve, so we hope you can virtually gather your Mum, Dad, Auntie Val and your socially awkward (and distanced) neighbour and enjoy a lovely little night with The Goodman's."

The first episode of Friday Night Dinner aired at 10pm on Friday 25 February, 2011.

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Since then, it has gone on to enjoy six seasons and a total of 37 episodes, winning multiple awards along the way.

For those of you who are not fans, if they exist, the show follows the Goodmans, a middle-class Jewish family who live in London. Each episode centres on them gathering for Shabbat dinner, which is invariably interrupted by their neighbour.

Lovely bit of squirrel.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

Topics: Friday Night Dinner, Entertainment, Funny, UK Entertainment, Channel 4

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