FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER (BBC America) “The Dress” Review

FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER "The Dress" Season 1, Episode 4 — As a long-time fan of British comedy, what can I say about Friday Night Dinner, the latest import to hit BBC America? It certainly has its funny moments, sublime bits of subtle, but effective comedic timing for which the British have always been lauded. But on the whole, I can’t say I’m extremely impressed with the show so far, in particular this week’s episode "The Dress."

The concept is simple. Authoritative mother Jackie (Tamsin Greig), idiotic father Martin (Paul Ritter) and two feuding man-child brothers Adam and Jonny (Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal) gather on Friday nights to share dinner and insults. It’s like Malcolm in the Middle: The Later Years. With accents.

I can’t fault the actors for my ambivalence. They’re brilliant and their performances probably account for 90% of why the show is watchable at all. I think what I’m missing is a driving story line. It seems like all we’re getting is a thirty-minute peek into their lives with no real problems or resolutions. And while I’m all for the slice-of-life approach to art, I feel like such great actors deserve to chew on more substantial scenes. Read More...


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