Dinnerladies (1998–2000)

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Comedy about the workers in a factory canteen.

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2000 | 1999 | 1998
3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »


Series cast summary:
Victoria Wood ...
 Bren (16 episodes, 1998-2000)
Thelma Barlow ...
 Dolly (16 episodes, 1998-2000)
Andrew Dunn ...
 Tony (16 episodes, 1998-2000)
Shobna Gulati ...
 Anita (16 episodes, 1998-2000)
 Philippa (16 episodes, 1998-2000)
 Twinkle (16 episodes, 1998-2000)
Duncan Preston ...
 Stan / ... (16 episodes, 1998-2000)
 Jean (15 episodes, 1998-2000)
Sue Devaney ...
 Jane / ... (11 episodes, 1998-2000)
 Petula (9 episodes, 1998-2000)
Christopher Greet ...
 Mr. Michael / ... (7 episodes, 1998-1999)


Comedy about the staff of a northern English factory. Bren, a kindly woman, tries to help everyone with their problems, while attempting to ignore her drunken mother who lives in a fantasy world where she hobnobs with the rich and famous. Her boss Tony likes to make out that he's an ultra-laddish sexist pervert, although it's all just a cover for being too shy to ask Bren out. The older members of the team, Dolly and Jean, live only for the not-so-subtle bitching war they have with each other. Dolly is preoccupied with her weight and Jean's fed up with her husband. Meanwhile, Twinkle, described sarcastically by Tony as 'The Pixie With The Laughing Face' is always in a foul mood, and Anita simply hasn't a clue. Add in Stan the handyman, who busies himself with 'toaster emergencies' and 'canine faces alerts' and Phillipa the neurotic human resources officer and it's an unusual day when 'any blooming work' gets done. Written by Roseanne Hodge <rosie@ihug.co.nz>

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12 December 1999 (USA)  »

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The majority of the cast and many of the guest actors had appeared, or went on to appear, in Victoria Wood's favourite soap opera, Coronation Street (1960). They were: - - Thelma Barlow played Mavis Riley/Wilton, 1971-1997 - Anne Reid played Valerie Tatlock/Barlow, 1961-1971 - Sue Cleaver played Eileen Grimshaw, 2000 onwards - Shobna Gulati played Sunita Parekh/Alahan, 2001-2006, 2009 onwards - Maxine Peake played Belinda Peach, 1999 - Duncan Preston played Dennis Stokes, 2004 - Sue Devaney played Debbie Webster, 1984-1985 - Joanne Froggatt played Zoe Tattersall, 1997-1998 - Jane Hazlegrove played Sue Clayton, 1985 - Kenny Doughty played Jake, 2009 onwards - Jackie Downey played Fiona, 2007 - Graham Seed played Prosecuting Solicitor, 1981 - Liz Hume Dawson played Rachel Goddard, 2008 - Lynda Baron played Renee Turnbull, 1997 - Lill Roughley played Lorraine Thomson, 1996 - Howard Crossley played Lorry Driver, 1982 - Kaleem Janjua played Soresh Parekh, 2001 - Liam Fox played several roles, 2005, 2008 - Andrew Dunn played several roles, 2003, 2007-2008 - Steve Huison played several roles, 1997, 2003, 2008 onwards - Sue Wallace played several roles, 1980, 2005 - Shireen Shah played several roles, 1993, 1995 - Peter Lorenzelli played several roles, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1997 - Jack Smethurst played several roles, 1980-1983, 2001 - Peter Martin played several roles, 1976, 1977, 1980 - Christine Moore played several roles, 1978, 1981, 2005, 2007 - Bernard Wrigley played several roles, 1976, 1977, 1986, 1991, 1996, 1999. See more »


Tony: I didn't go mad this morning and order one old lady instead of a load of broccoli?
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Charming comedy which did not outstay its welcome
18 June 2003 | by (Bury, England) – See all my reviews

A whimsical observational comedy from Victoria Wood. As another contributor said, not a million miles away from the works of Allan Bennett. It featured a mixture of Wood's 'repertory company', familiar from her other shows such as Duncan Preston and Celia Imrie and talented Northern English character actors such as Sue Devaney and Thelma Barlow (both veterans of the long-running soap 'Coronation Street') The main characters were richly detailed, the lesser ones caricatures, but very recognisable types. The one false note, I feel, was struck by the character of the heroine Bren's alcoholic, fantasist mother who made occasional raucous appearances. She was a grotesque figure, out of the wilder reaches of Charles Dickens, and seemed to have been included merely to give an opportunity for Wood's old pal Julie Walters to overact shamelessly. Victoria Wood bravely decided to end this popular show after only two series while it was still fresh (like the dinnerladies' bacon butties).

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