Interview - Friday Night Dinner cast

The Goodsmans are back! The second series of Channel 4’s comedy series ‘Friday Night Dinner’ kicks off on Sunday 7 October at 10pm (right after Emmy winner ‘Homeland’).

Time for tea: Friday Night Dinner is back for a second series (Credit: Channel 4)

Yahoo! TV met Simon Bird, Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter, Tom Rosenthal, Mark Heap and creator Robert Popper for a chat...

So, what can we expect from the new series?

Tamsin: There is a love interest for both boys. AND there is an episode where you worry about Jackie’s and Martin’s marriage. Because something happens that could actually destroy it. And yeah, Jim’s going on a date. That’s exciting.
Paul: (laughing) Robert (Popper, the show's creator) is on record saying that this series is the same, but slightly worse.

Robert, how did you come up with the ideas for the second series?
Robert: I am always writing notes. When I see my dad I always have a notebook and write things down. One of the first things my dad said to my girlfriend, who is now my wife, was ‘Are your parents still alive?’ and she said ‘yes’. He replied, ‘Oh, that’s good. Mine are dead!’ Those sort of things go in there.

Is there anything your family have said that you can’t put in the show?
Robert: There hasn’t really been. There is this one funny thing in the new series when my grandma told my mum in an argument to go to her room in her own house. She replied, ‘I don’t have a room. I’m 60 years old.” Things like that have to go in, but there is other stuff that wouldn’t because it would be too weird.’

So, have the cast met Robert's parents?
Tamsin: They often popped down to the set. She (Robert’s mother) is really glamorous. I think she’s 70 now and much more glamorous than Jackie. I feel quite intimidated by her ‘cause she’s very sassy and bold.
Paul: Michael (Robert’s dad) is great. He is a really, really sweet and hilarious man. He is a brilliant laugh.

If another relative were to join the family for dinner, which actor would you like to play them?
Tom: (giggling) Sean Penn. Also, I really want Robert Popper to play a part because he is brilliant.
Simon: Yeah, he always pretends to be cousin Gary. He sometimes forgets to get out when we are actually filming. He's a funny man!

'Friday Night Dinner' is on Channel 4, Sundays at 10pm