Always one to surprise, Dominic Greyer, md of Lesser Spotted has done it again, on both the product and personal revelations front!
The innovative publisher has just announced that Lesser Spotted is to publish a range of licensed cards and gifts based on Channel 4’s longest running sitcom, Friday Night Dinner.
The popular programme, which has just started airing its sixth series on Channel 4, even in pre-Covid days was attracting around two million viewers each episode. Added to this are the box-sets sales, plus airings on More 4 and Netflix.
The programme centres around brothers Adam and Jonny’s weekly return home to their parents’ house for dinner with massive side-orders of wind-ups and bickering, not to mention the (very) odd intrusions from Jim, their dog-owning/dog-phobic neighbour.
Lesser Spotted has developed a collection of 18 cards designs in halftone and overprint graphic styles featuring catchphrases from the series, such as Shit On It, You Look Nice, I’m Bloody Boiling!, Pissface/Pusface, Shalom, Hello Bambinos, Lovely Bit of Squirrel and Something Smells Nice.
A fan of the series, Dominic was delighted to be approached by Warrick Brennan, the licensing agent for the programme.
“Warrick made contact with a friend who had sent him one of our Jim’ll Paint It designs which he thought was really funny,” explains Dominic who went on to explain how this is the second time that he will be involved with the series’ writer and producer Robert Popper. The first involved Dominic being a last minute replacement for Coldplay’s Chris Martin on the TV series Look Around You, which involved him appearing in one episode as a man called Nigel, who wore nothing but purple pants and underwent a spoof brain operation.
“I was working as part of the camera team, but when Chris Martin bottled it – it seemed he wasn’t too keen on being seen wearing only purple pants on TV – I stepped in,” reveals Dominic. “It was listed in the top-20 funniest moments of 2002!”
You can see Dominic in his starring role on YouTube here:
Due to the retail lockdown, Lesser Spotted’s Friday Night Dinner card collection will debut on Scribbler.com, but the printed range will be made available to all retailers. A select range of gifts is also to follow.
Dominic can be contacted on 07932 086581 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Top: Friday Night Dinner first aired in 2011 and the sixth series is now being aired. The cast includes Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners), Tamsin Greig (Green Wing, Black Books), Paul Ritter (Chernobyl, No Offence), Tom Rosenthal (Plebs) plus special guest star Mark Heap (Green Wing, Spaced).