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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Victoria Wood, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie and Duncan Preston all previously starred together in Wood's series Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV (1985). Susie Blake was the only lead actor from As Seen on TV not to appear in dinnerladies. See more »

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Petula Gordino: [going to hospital] What ward will I be on?
Paramedic: 8
Petula Gordino: Mixed isn't it? - might have a bit of sex.
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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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