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Friday Night Dinner 2 Seasons 2011

For the Goodman family, Friday Night Dinner is just like Sunday lunch: just take two days away, add an extra course and you've pretty much got it. Adam and his brother Jonny view Friday night dinner as a necessary annoyance - necessary because they get fed, and annoying because, well, they have to spend the evening with Mum and Dad. It's not that Mum and Dad aren't wonderful.

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Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter, Simon Bird

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1. Friday Night Dinner - Episode 1

Adam and Johnny find Martin acting even stranger than usual when they arrive for dinner. Adam's song is on the radio, but Martin's odd behavior distracts everyone. Finally, Jackie confronts Martin while the boys' prank texts go a bit overboard.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: 1 January 2011
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2. Friday Night Dinner - Episode 2

Jackie's plans to watch the Masterchef finale are thwarted by an unwelcome houseguest and an ill-timed pickup of the family's old sofa.

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3. Friday Night Dinner - Episode 3

Grandma has come for a visit and Jackie's nerves are tested by her mother's attitude and her sons' pranks. Adam and Johnny head to a pub to take the edge off until they run into a familiar face and find themselves in a sticky situation.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Language: English Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: 1 January 2011
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4. Friday Night Dinner - Episode 4

Jackie's friend's son is getting married, and the boys are expected to go to the wedding. Will Johnny bring his imaginary girlfriend? Martin sets up a bonfire in the backyard to burn his old junk, but more than expected ends up charred.

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5. Friday Night Dinner - Episode 5

It's Adam's birthday and with Jackie injured, Martin is put in control of dinner - this goes about as horribly as expected. Adam isn't shocked to find that his birthday presents don't exactly match his wish list.

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6. Friday Night Dinner - Episode 6

Adam arrives at his parents' house to find everyone dressed up for a special guest-his mom has set him up on date - at a family dinner! Everyone does their best to embarrass him, both accidentally and intentionally.

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7. Friday Night Dinner - Episode 7

It's Christmas day. Mum has made a fantastic Christmas dinner. The boys are delighted that Grandma, is coming round, but horrified that dad's (Martin's) mother - 'Horrible Grandma' - is coming too.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: 1 January 2011
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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Steve Bendelack
Starring Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal
Season year 2011
Network BBC Worldwide
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Totally agree with other reviewers, this is even better than Series 1.

I think this is a really clever comedy and very well written, it combines the silly slapstick humour with that dry understated humour. I personally always prefer the more dry subtle humour however even when the two brothers start fighting and chasing each other, something I wouldn’t normally enjoy, I find myself laughing and really enjoying it. I think I said the same about Series 1 - the actors are all brilliant and have really good onscreen chemistry, however in this series, I personally think Martin and Jim steal the show. Mark Heap’s acting is spot on at playing the weird but harmless neighbour, and Martin is sort of repulsive in a nice way (if that makes sense) and his performance through the show just stands out.

Hope this show continues for a long time!
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Having loved the first series of Friday Night Dinner I was so pleased to see such a brilliant second series! The farce, slapstick and surreal moments are a joy to watch, and the character quirks are so funny and well observed. I don't usually laugh out loud when I'm watching comedy unless it's something like Fawlty Towers, but this is one of those comedies that gets me into a state of uncontrollable giggles throughout. Mr Morris is incredible, and the scene with Jim and the paint is hands down one of the funniest things I have ever seen on TV. More please!
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Having reviewed the first series of this sitcom, I felt I had to weigh in with a quick word on the sequel! The comedy is still as sharp, but more of the scenarios take place outside of the home in this series, widening the comic potential. The two brothers are still at each other's throats, as ever, and my two favourite episodes were the one involving the beloved buggy, a childhood toy, and Gran's psychotic boyfriend! A quick heads up, though, this is probably where the comedy peaked, because series three was nowhere near as good as this one. As an ardent fan of the show, I loved it, and it's definitely worth a look!
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Love this sitcom, might be an acquired taste in comedy. My family and myself have a really good laugh every time and we have all adopted some of their various sayings. Will purchase other series in the future, Wouk definitely recommend.
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Wonderful to revisit these characters and find them even funnier than the first time round. Knowing what to expect from each of them adds to the pleasure. This is a series to be watched over and over again, each time to discover new gems.
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I saw this before series 1 and have to say it's much better than the first series. Yes, there is repetition, but it works and, while it's nothing wildly new or controversial, it does what it does very well, and the episode with Jim and the paint is reason enough to buy this - and the reason I'll be buying it as soon as it's released on DVD.
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You have to hand it to Channel 4, they have been responsible for many a good sitcom over the years, but 'Friday Night Dinner' is one of those standing on a higher level.

The premise is very simple, every Friday night, two brothers visit there parents for a late-night dinner, where you can guarantee that there is going to be some fireworks, and surly, we've all been there?.

Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal star as the two sons Adam and Jonathan, who have a pendent for sending cheeky, insulting texts, and playing practical jokes on one another. Their mother Jackie (played by Tamsin Greig) is constantly discouraged by their behaviour, as well as that of her eccentric husband Martin (Paul Ritter). Two of the other regular characters are equally as amusing, Mark Heap as the strange neighbour Jim Bell, and my favourite, Jackie's elderly mother, beautifully portrayed by Frances Cuka. It isn't difficult to love the Goodman family, and once you start watching them in action, you can't wait for the next episode. There's nothing at all complex about the episodes' storyline, their brilliantly, and effectively simple. Just how many sitcoms do you know that make the premise of two boys fighting over a childhood bunny rabbit toy amusing?

'Friday Night Dinner' is a comedy show which hasn't yet changed it's formula at all, not since the first series, really because it just doesn't need to. This is a cleverly written, brilliantly observed series, and is something I can turn to whenever I need a laugh, safe in the knowledge that I will always get just that. With it's second run though, more laughs were ensured with the bright decision to shoot more of the action outside the house in different locations.

The DVD contains the next complete six episodes, which were broadcast on Channel 4 between October and November 2012, and comes with a 'Making Of' documentary, commentaries with the cast and crew, and bonus cast interviews.
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Hilarious! A brilliant program. The first episode of this season is a little over the top (lots of physical comedy), and I didn't like it as much as the rest -- but otherwise just as delightful as Series 1.
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