Jewish-Themed Sitcom Debuts in the U.K.

The brand new show “Friday Nigh Dinner” airs Fridays on U.K's Channel 4.

Published: February 26th 2011
in Culture » Television

The cast of "Friday Night Dinner."

Friday Nigh Dinner is the latest sitcom by writer Robert Popper, who grew up in a Jewish household in north London. The show airs in the United Kingdom on Channel 4. 


The TV show focuses on two brothers (played by Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal) who go home to their parents’ house every Friday night for Shabbat dinner. Popper, whose writing credits include Look Around You and The Peter Serafinowicz Show,  told Channel 4 that the sitcom is somewhat autobiographical.


“I wanted to write something about a family. I’m quite close to my family and often used to see them on Friday nights for dinner – still do see them. It’s like our Sunday lunch,” Popper told UK’s Daily Telograph. “I noticed that dads all become a bit weird after they reach about 55. [Like the father in Friday Night Dinner], my dad often didn’t wear a top in the house. And my brother and I still have this low-level one-upmanship at trying to ruin each other’s meal.”


Friday Night Dinner features an impressive cast: Simon Bird – who plays the older brother – starred in the popular British sitcom The Inbetweeners, Paul Ritter (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Quantum of Solace) plays his father, Tamsin Greig (Shawn of the Dead, Tamara Drewe) plays the mother and Mark Heap (Stardust, The Calcium Kid) plays their neighbour. 


The sitcom airs Friday nights at 10 p.m. on Channel 4. 

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