Friday Night Dinner creator has a new sitcom coming to Channel 4

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The creator of Friday Night Dinner is back with a new sitcom for Channel 4, but this time the focus is a chaotic friendship, rather than a family.

Robert Popper will write and produce the series, with co-creator of The Inbetweeners Damon Beesley in the director's chair.

I Hate You is a comedy about two best friends and roommates living it up in their 20s, starring Tanya Reynolds (Sex Education) as Charlie, who is a bit of a worrier and who thinks 99 percent of humans are idiots.

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Newcomer Melissa Saint plays Becca, who comes with a lack of the embarrassment gene and usually makes the wrong decision – together their friendship is total chaos.

It's about the one friend you can say anything to and do anything with: the idiotic in-jokes, and the laughing till you almost puke, as well as the insane bickering and late-night shouting matches – the friend you love and also hate.

The first series sees Charlie get arrested for pick-pocketing a police officer, Becca learns the perils of jogging to jazz, the girls meet a man who believes humans came from bears, and both start dating men in their seventies.

It definitely sounds intense.

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Show creator Robert Popper said: "Having spent 10 years writing a show about a super-intense family, I really wanted my next one to be about super-intense friends. And, since I've never had a friend in my life, I'm hoping this will teach me how to find one."

Kenton Allen, Big Talk CEO, said he couldn't pass up the opportunity to work with Popper again after the success of Friday Night Dinner.

"The opportunity to make a new show with Robert after our delightful collaboration on Friday Night Dinner makes me very happy – and the combination of Robert and Damon Beesley, two of the most brilliant comedy minds in the UK, promises to deliver something very very special."

Friday Night Dinner star Paul Ritter made his final TV appearance earlier this year as part of a 10-year celebration of the hugely popular sitcom, filmed before his tragic death in April.

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