Dinnerladies (1998–2000)

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Comedy about the workers in a factory canteen.

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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)
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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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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 »

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Stan: You don't treat a female woman like that.
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The wit and charm of Dinner Ladies
22 May 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have watched on DVD hundreds of times All the episodes of Dinner Ladies. Those who did not like or maybe not quite understood some of the humour, check it out again, there are a great many hidden gems as to the brilliant mind of Victoria woods writing. "He played my body like a pinball machine. I lit up, paid out, and no tilting" was the brilliant line of Bren (victoria wood) mother (Julie Walters) describing her relationship with her young man. It was everyday folk, talking about everyday issues. Hidden behind the charm and the humour the show showed its emotional side, with Bren giving up her holiday to help her mother financially, single mothers, and redundancy. The show lasted two series. I look with great hesitation Victoria Woods next project.


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