Channel 4 has handed out a sixth season renewal to their comedy series Friday Night Dinner. Production on the show’s sixth season is set to get underway later this year for a 2020 premiere.
With the renewal the series becomes one of Channel 4’s longest running sitcoms. The pick-up comes a little more than a year after the show’s fifth season aired. Season five ranks as the show’s second highest rated season with an average audience of 1.9 million views and an 11.4% share in its 10pm slot.
Created by Robert Popper, Friday Night Dinner revolves around the dysfunctional Goodman family who, every Friday, sit down to a family meal. The comedy series is produced by Big Talk Productions & Popper Pictures and stars Simon Bird, Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter, Tom Rosenthal and Mark Heap. Caroline Leddy and Kenton Allen are the executive producers. Martin Dennis returns as director.
“We’re delighted that audiences love Friday Night Dinner as much as we do at Channel 4, and are thrilled that it will be returning”, said Channel 4’s Head of Comedy Fiona McDermott. “It’s always brilliant when audiences for a show grow over time and we’re thrilled that more and more people are falling in love with the Goodmans. We are so pleased to be making a new series with Robert and Big Talk.”
While Kenton Allen, CEO of Big Talk Productions, added: “Friday Night Dinner has grown into a monster hit for Channel 4 and it’s incredibly exciting to see the audience growing every season as new viewers fall in love with the antics of the Goodman household. It’s also incredible that Robert has singlehandedly written and produced all 31 episodes so far, which must make him one of the most prolific comedy writer/producers working today. We’re incredibly grateful to Channel 4 for letting him have another go. Fingers crossed!”