Comedy about the workers in a factory canteen.
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 Bren (16 episodes, 1998-2000)
Thelma Barlow ...
 Dolly (16 episodes, 1998-2000)
Andrew Dunn ...
 Tony (16 episodes, 1998-2000)
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 Anita (16 episodes, 1998-2000)
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 Philippa (16 episodes, 1998-2000)
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 Twinkle (16 episodes, 1998-2000)
Duncan Preston ...
 Stan / ... (16 episodes, 1998-2000)
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 Jean (15 episodes, 1998-2000)
Sue Devaney ...
 Jane / ... (11 episodes, 1998-2000)
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 Petula (9 episodes, 1998-2000)
Christopher Greet ...
 Mr. Michael (7 episodes, 1998-1999)
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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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Despite achieving huge popularity in the UK, the show only ran for two series, from 1998 to 2000, as Victoria Wood did not want to ruin the appeal by dragging the show on. Another popular series of Wood's, Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV (1985), also ran for two series. See more »

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Tony: I'm a lonely celibate, me. I do nothing. I go home and fry eggs. If I ever do get a girl to come back to my place I won't know what to do with her. I'll be flicking hot fat at her with a spatula.
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Victoria, UK national treasure, living on in a marvelous sitcom about the very ordinary

I'd never heard of Victoria Wood until I noticed the explosion of loving tributes to her in the Guardian UK, decided to check her out, and found myself watching everything of hers I could find. She had it all, beauty, wit, a sure command of dramatic form and an exquisite silvery singing voice. Oh, yeah, and she could write a very decent song. "The Ballad of Barry and Freda" is the rejoinder that Cole Porter deserved.

What is it about "Dinnerladies" that gets to me? Maybe it's the ultra-realistic depiction of an ordinary workday, combined with an idealized situation where everyone is basically decent and supportive of one another, including the employer. Maybe it's the abundance of great female characters--the Bechdel Rule is definitely in force here. Maybe it's the overall warmth that Wood seems to bring to all her work, even the snarkiest. Yeah, that's it. And I do find it funny in just the way I like--smart, original, coming organically from the situation and characters. In many ways it reminds me of its fellow Pozzitive Production, John Finnemore's radio sitcom "Cabin Pressure," which also shares with Wood's production a cast remarkably high in star quality talent.


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