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Friday Night Dinner

ABOUT THE SHOW

Just like Sunday lunch, on a Friday...

A feast of madcap family shenanigans.

Every Friday night, twenty-something brothers Adam and Jonny Goodman return to their parents' home for dinner.

Adam and Jonny think of the weekly event 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. They really are. But Dad slugs ketchup straight from the bottle, Mum is obsessed with MasterChef and even Grandma likes to wear her new bikini around the house.

In Series three, Adam gains an 11-year-old female admirer, Jonny gets the world's worst tattoo, Dad gives the boys a graphic lecture on sex education, Mum practises being a counsellor on her horrified family, Grandma goes back out with the terrifying Mr Morris, Jim accidentally swallows his dog's sleeping pills… and there's a wedding!

Meet the cast

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Adam

Played by Simon Bird

Born in Surrey in 1984 to parents who are both university economics professors, Simon’s first foray into the comedy spotlight was performing at the 2007 and 2008 Edinburgh Festival with his three-strong sketch comedy group House of Windsor.

His breakthrough as a mainstream media funny boy came in 2008 when he was cast as Will McKenzie in the hit teen sitcom The Inbetweeners, which won him the 2008 British Comedy Award for Best Male Newcomer and the 2009 British Comedy Award for Best Actor.

Simon recently co-devised, co-penned and co-starred in a comedy pilot called Chickens about three cowards and social outcasts who remained in England during WWI. The project was developed into a six-episode sitcom by broadcaster Sky1, and premiered in 2013 to critical acclaim.

Off-screen, Simon is as avid football fan and long-term champion of Crystal Palace Football Club.

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Jonny

Played by Tom Rosenthal

Born in London in 1988, Tom has showbiz in his blood – his mother is former Newsnight producer Christine ‘Chrissy’ Smith, and his father is TV sports presenter Jim Rosenthal.

Prior to gaining his acting break in Friday Night Dinner, Tom studied philosophy at King’s College in London and first ventured into entertainment as a voice-over artist on projects for Comedy Central.

Since gaining comedy acclaim playing Jonny in Friday Night Dinner, Tom has gone on to star as Marcus in the 2013 sitcom Plebs, and as Sam Roth in 2013 drama series Breathless.

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Mum

Played by Tamsin Greig

Born in Kent in 1966 to a colour chemist father who created dyes and a mother who was an avid amateur dramatics fan, Tamsin graduated with a first-class degree in Drama and Theatre Art from Birmingham University.

She broke her comedy actress stride playing Nifty Gifty gift shop owner Fran Katzenjammer in the cult TV comedy series Black Books for three series from 2000.

Aside from Friday Night Dinner, her other notable comedy TV credits include playing awkward surgical registrar Dr. Caroline Todd in the hit show Green Wing (a role which earned her a RTS award for Best Comedy Performance in 2005), and more recently as Betsy Lincoln alongside Matt LeBlanc in the hit British/American sitcom Episodes.

Tamsin is married to actor Richard Leaf, who she met on the set of Neil Gaiman’s 1996 miniseries Neverwhere. She mother to three children and follows a strict vegetarian diet.

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Dad

Played by Paul Ritter

Prior to finding fame as Dad in Friday Night Dinner, Paul carved a movie acting name for himself starring as Guy Haines in the 2008 Quantum of Solace and as Eldred Worple in the 2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Paul’s other recent TV credits include playing John Wemmick in the BBC’s 2011 three-part adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, and head of counter-espionage Bobby Waterhouse in the 2014 spy drama series The Game.

In 2013, Paul notably returned to his stage roots to portray former British Prime Minister John Major (alongside Helen Mirren as The Queen) in the premiere of Peter Morgan's play The Audience at the Gielguld Theatre in London’s glittering West End.

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Jim

Played by Mark Heap

Born in India in 1957 to an English father and American mother, Mark began his showbiz career in the eighties as a member of the Medieval Players, a touring theatre company that performed early modern theatre productions featuring stilt-walking, juggling and puppetry.

His TV career has often seen him playing obsessive and self-deluded characters, such as struggling artist Brian Topp in the cult sitcom Spaced, the pompous Dr. Alan Statham in the sitcom Green Wing and various roles in the sketch show Big Train.

His recent TV credits include a guest appearance in the 2012 Christmas episode of the award-winning sitcom Outnumbered, and playing a pet crematorium owner in Sue Perkins’ 2013 comedy series Heading Out.

Mark is also no stranger to the advertising world. In 2009 he appeared as a car salesman in a SEAT TV advert and voiced the fox in the Old Speckled Hen adverts sponsoring comedy on channel Dave.

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