At 10pm on Friday the 25th February 2011, the great British nation found themselves face to face with a hairy topless man chomping his way through a 'lovely bit of squirrel'; an overly-excitable woman desperate for her 'Bobble' to meet a nice 'female'; two boys called 'Pissface' and 'Pusface' who enjoyed poisoning each other with saltwater - and a certain neighbour who was terrified of his own dog... Friday nights were never the same again.
Six series and 37 episodes later, Friday Night Dinner has grown to become one of the biggest, best-loved sitcoms in the UK. Viewers of all ages have loved the series for its relatability, warmth, laugh-out-loud silliness, and ridiculously quotable lines. Friday Night Dinner is a show that unites families - one they can all sit down to watch together. The show's a true phenomenon, spawning thousands of memes, and hundreds of tattoos - yup, including that guy who got 'lovely bit of squirrel' on his arse!
And now - for the show's 10th anniversary - we bring you an entire night dedicated to the silliest, saltiest, squirrelest family on TV…
Friday Night Dinner Night includes a brand new 90 minute celebratory documentary 'You Look Nice: The True Story of Friday Night Dinner' (w/t) a behind the scenes look at every aspect of the show - from its humble beginnings as a 5 minute pilot, shot in creator Robert Popper's parent's house (where his actual dad walked into the middle of a scene to announce, 'I'm going out now to buy some bin liners')- to its glorious, tear-inducing series six finale, some 925 screen minutes later.
The documentary will delve into just why the show has touched so many hearts, including interviews with main cast - Tamsin Greig (Mum), Paul Ritter (Dad), Simon Bird (Adam), Tom Rosenthal (Jonny) - plus, of course, oddball neighbour, Mark Heap (Jim)
We'll also get to hear from some of the supporting cast, including Tracy-Ann Oberman (Auntie Val), Rosie Cavaliero (The Other Jackie), Harry Landis (Mr Morris), Matthew Holness (Chris Parker), Kiell Smith-Bynoe (Nick). As well as meeting fans of the series, including Claudia Winkleman, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Lou Sanders, David Baddiel, Nihal Arthanayake and Krishnan Guru-Murthy.
Friday Night Dinner Night will feature exclusive behind the scenes footage, insights and anecdotes from the cast and crew on making the series, interviews with Friday Night Dinner superfans and outtakes which have never been broadcast on British television until now.
The documentary will then be followed by the nation's Top 3 favourite Friday Night Dinner episodes - as voted by the British public - and played back-to back on Channel 4.