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The best bits of Friday Night Dinner

The best bits of Friday Night Dinner

Join us as we remember Paul Ritter and his unforgettable, BAFTA-nominated performance as Martin Goodman in Channel 4 comedy, Friday Night Dinner

By Virgin TV Edit

Often shirtless, occasionally caught eating out of the bin, but never forgotten, Paul Ritter, who passed away in April, was an unarguable asset to the offbeat comedy. In his honour, we’re looking back at the show’s funniest moments ahead of a tenth anniversary special, set to air on Friday 28 May on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141).


The one-off special follows three back-to-back episodes, as voted for by fans, and will feature behind-the-scenes footage as well as interviews with the cast and celeb viewers, including Claudia Winkleman, David Baddiel and Jessica Hynes. To get you in the mood, we’ve re-watched the lot and revisited our favourite bits.


The frozen fox (series 3, episode 2)

Martin has been hiding a dead fox in the garage’s chest freezer, which he plans to get stuffed. But when he gets wind that Jackie is heading that way, he enlists the help of the boys to hide the animal.


The 20-year-old stewed beef (series 5, episode 2)


The garden shed is a place of solitude and wonder, and Martin’s been saving a can of stewed beef in there since 1996. When Val threatens a spring clean, the ancient meat is served.


The oil on the carpet (series 4, episode 2)

No surprises, Martin’s in trouble again in this episode. During his annual hinge-oiling treatment, he accidentally spills some on the bedroom carpet, after specifically being told to be careful.


The wrong Tony (series 4, episode 1)

Martin invites an old friend over for dinner – one of two Tonys he knew from university. But when the wrong Tony (Jason Watkins) turns up at the door, blinking too slowly and telling rubbish jokes, it quickly becomes a painful evening.


The waste unit (series 6, episode 1)

When Martin buys a dilapidated caravan and decides to live in it on the drive, it causes tension with Jackie. Tensions that are only intensified when Jim graciously collects the vehicle’s waste unit and brings it into the dining room.


Auntie Val’s dress (series 1, episode 4)


Martin is made to get rid of his vintage New Scientist collection by burning it in the garden. But when Val’s prized dress ends up mixed in with the old magazines, everything quickly goes south.


The oil paint incident (series 2, episode 6)


Incessantly intrusive neighbour Jim finds himself where he always wanted to be – enjoying Jackie’s famous “crimble crumble” with the family. But the awkward evening quickly tailspins out of control when an open tin of paint becomes involved.


When is Friday Night Dinner: 10 Years And A Lovely Bit Of Squirrel on TV?

You can watch this celebration of the sitcom at 9.30pm on Friday 28 May on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141). You can also watch it and all six series of Friday Night Dinner in Apps & Games > All 4.

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