Friday Night Dinner creator explains Wilson's devastating death

Chris Edwards
Photo credit: Mark Johnson - Channel 4

From Digital Spy

Friday Night Dinner will be returning to Channel 4 tomorrow night (March 27) for a sixth series, but it will be without one very important character – Wilson the dog.

The faithful companion of strange neighbour Jim (Mark Heap) tragically passed away in the series five finale.

Now, creator and writer Robert Popper has explained his controversial decision to put down the pooch.

Photo credit: Mark Johnson - Channel 4

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"Often, the last episodes, I quite like them feeling quite epic, and having a bit of pathos," he told Radio Times. "I don't know why – [Wilson's death] just came to me. I wanted to surprise people, and shock them."

He added: "I just wanted to shake things up, really, and just do something shocking and interesting, something that you didn't expect was going to come."

Photo credit: Channel 4

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When the return of the long-running comedy was first announced, Popper said: "I'm really looking forward to exploring new avenues with series six.

"Inspector de Vries (Paul Ritter) will still be working on the Rynsburger case, but this time he's joined by new partner-in-crime, Mees Janssen (Tom Rosenthal), fresh out of Rotterdam Police Academy.

"Eva de Bruin (Tamsin Greig) is now trying to regain control of her pharmaceutical company, after an aggressive takeover-bid by the always-cunning Sem Teuling (Simon Bird). But can 'Vos' (Mark Heap) and his faithful dog, 'de Welson' save the day?"

Friday Night Dinner will return to Channel 4 tomorrow night (March 27) at 10pm.

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