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Friday Night Dinner

  • Season 1
  • 6 episodes
  • Comedy

Summary

The first series of Robert Popper's sitcom about the gloriously idiosyncratic Goodman family

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Episode 5: The Mercedes

Summary

Adam tries to celebrate his birthday, but the evening is spoiled when Sheila Bloom, who is famously obsessed with her car, makes catty remarks about his vehicle. His father then reveals he used to date her years ago, upsetting Mum in the process. Finally, the family abandons dinner and heads to a Chinese restaurant, only for Sheila to reappear, forcing Dad to explain what the pair really got up to.
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Review

Tonight's Friday night dinner, chez the Goodmans, is cooked by hopeless dad (Paul Ritter) as mum (Tamsin Greig) is immobile after spraining an ankle. Of course, it's a disaster as the meat is rigid with overcooking and makes terrible noises when dad tries to carve. "Should meat squeak?" the family wonders aloud. Poor Adam - this is supposed to be his birthday treat, along with a coffee table book on "heroes of the SS", a thoughtful gift for a young Jewish boy from his dad. It's another gloriously silly episode of Robert Popper's utterly endearing sitcom, which strays into Curb Your Enthusiasm comedy of embarrassment territory when dad bumps into an old girlfriend, the brassy Sheila Bloom (Frances Barber). Or Bitchface, as she is ungallantly known. Sheila is obsessed with her Mercedes to the delight of her tormentors, who find new and inventive ways of sniggering at her - not behind her back, but right in front of her face. It's packed with minor pleasures, including mad neighbour Jim and his supernaturally calm dog, and a piece of farce involving grandma in unsuitable clothing.

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Credits

Cast

rolename
MumTamsin Greig
DadPaul Ritter
AdamSimon Bird
JonnyTom Rosenthal
JimMark Heap
GrandmaFrances Cuka
Sheila BloomFrances Barber

Crew

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DirectorSteve Bendelack
Executive producerKenton Allen
Executive producerCaroline Leddy
Executive producerNira Park
ProducerRobert Popper
WriterRobert Popper

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  • Episode 5

    The Mercedes

    Summary

    Adam tries to celebrate his birthday, but the evening is spoiled when Sheila Bloom, who is famously obsessed with her car, makes catty remarks about his vehicle. His father then reveals he used to date her years ago, upsetting Mum in the process. Finally, the family abandons dinner and heads to a Chinese restaurant, only for Sheila to reappear, forcing Dad to explain what the pair really got up to.
    Recommended

    Review

    Tonight's Friday night dinner, chez the Goodmans, is cooked by hopeless dad (Paul Ritter) as mum (Tamsin Greig) is immobile after spraining an ankle. Of course, it's a disaster as the meat is rigid with overcooking and makes terrible noises when dad tries to carve. "Should meat squeak?" the family wonders aloud. Poor Adam - this is supposed to be his birthday treat, along with a coffee table book on "heroes of the SS", a thoughtful gift for a young Jewish boy from his dad. It's another gloriously silly episode of Robert Popper's utterly endearing sitcom, which strays into Curb Your Enthusiasm comedy of embarrassment territory when dad bumps into an old girlfriend, the brassy Sheila Bloom (Frances Barber). Or Bitchface, as she is ungallantly known. Sheila is obsessed with her Mercedes to the delight of her tormentors, who find new and inventive ways of sniggering at her - not behind her back, but right in front of her face. It's packed with minor pleasures, including mad neighbour Jim and his supernaturally calm dog, and a piece of farce involving grandma in unsuitable clothing.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    MumTamsin Greig
    DadPaul Ritter
    AdamSimon Bird
    JonnyTom Rosenthal
    JimMark Heap
    GrandmaFrances Cuka
    Sheila BloomFrances Barber

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorSteve Bendelack
    Executive producerKenton Allen
    Executive producerCaroline Leddy
    Executive producerNira Park
    ProducerRobert Popper
    WriterRobert Popper

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