Friday Night Dinner to air 10 year anniversary special following tragic death of Paul Ritter

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Friday Night Dinner is set to air a one-off special documentary to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the hit comedy series.

Friday Night Dinner – 10 Years and a Lovely Bit of Squirrel will hit viewers screens on Friday 28 May on Channel 4.

The one-off documentary will look at the funniest moments from the past six series of the sitcom, which starred Simon Bird, Tamsin Greig, Tom Rosenthal and Paul Ritter, who tragically passed away last month.

It will include interviews with the entire cast and crew, including the show’s creator Robert Popper, as well as celebrity fans of the sitcom.

Ahead of the one-off special, Channel 4 released a synopsis which read: “This one-off documentary celebrates the 10-year anniversary of Robert Popper's iconic comedy, Friday Night Dinner, which gave us that infamous catchphrase, as well as the beloved Goodman family and their even more surreal neighbour Jim, who together have become the heart of one of Channel 4’s most popular sitcoms of all time.”

Meanwhile, the programme’s creator Robert Popper previously said: “I'm delighted that the cast and crew's amazing work is being recognised in this documentary – unless, of course, everything in it is entirely negative.”

And the CEO of the show’s production company, Big Talk, Kenton Allen revealed viewers will get a special insight into how the popular show came about.

He said: “For the first time ever Friday Night Dinner Night will reveal the true story of how a tiny idea became a massive hit.


“In these incredibly difficult times, I couldn't be more delighted that Channel 4 have decided to take fans of the show behind the scenes to discover what it really takes to make a lovely bit of squirrel for millions of viewers.”

Friday Night Dinner, which is famed for its hilarious characters and catchphrases such as “s**t on it”, has won awards from the Royal Television Society and been nominated for a number of BAFTAs.

The documentary comes after one of the stars Paul Ritter, who played Martin Goodman on the sitcom, tragically passed away age 54 in April.

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Actor Paul’s death, following a battle with a brain tumour, was confirmed by his agent as they told The Guardian: “It is with great sadness we can confirm that Paul Ritter passed away last night.

“He died peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his side. He was 54 and had been suffering from a brain tumour.

“Paul was an exceptionally talented actor playing an enormous variety of roles on stage and screen with extraordinary skill. He was fiercely intelligent, kind and very funny. We will miss him greatly.”

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