WATCH: Friday Night Dinner, Friday 10pm / Channel 4


Written by Robert Popper (former commissioning editor at Channel 4 and producer of Peep Show). From the Evening Standard

The series has its roots in Popper’s time as a Channel 4 commissioner, when he backed hits such as Black Books and Bremner, Bird and Fortune. He regaled colleagues with stories of visits home with his brother for the traditional Jewish Friday night dinner. They told him he should do something with the tales some day.

Ritter, the father of the Goodman family who drinks ketchup straight from the bottle and wanders the house topless, is based on Popper’s own dad. The writer told how when Mr Popper saw the preview, he said: “Yes, that’s me.”

Most is pure invention: “I’m not writing my family, it’s vaguely like my family. There’s something that happens with grandma and a dog that definitely didn’t happen in real life.”P

Popper explains some of his top ‘familyisms’ here. For entertainment, comedy, prank calls and random musings visit Robert Popper’s blog at

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