The Jewish side of my family is tiny – there’s only really me and my grandad (although I did excitingly meet some cousins for the first time on Friday) so I’ve actually never experienced a Friday Night Dinner. I think I went to one or two at JSoc at Warwick, but they were a bit weird. Still I’m really looking forward to this new sitcom from Robert Popper airing on Channel 4 early next year. Greig! Bird! Rosenthal!!
Friday Night Dinner is all about a family – the Goodman family – starring Tamsin Greig (Green Wing, Black Books), Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners), Paul Ritter (Norman Conquests, Puling) and Tom Rosenthal.
Each episode takes place over the course of a Friday night, as twenty-something brothers Adam (Simon Bird) and Jonny (Tom Rosenthal) go round to their parent’s house for Friday night dinner.
Many Jewish families – who aren’t even remotely religious – have dinner together on Friday nights. It’s a time for food, family and general bickering. This is Friday night dinner. Sometimes candles are lit. Think Sunday lunch. Then take two days away, and move up one in the meal scale, and that’s the setting.