Bren leaves the canteen for the Totally Trivial studios (after being given various drugs to help her relax) and plans to stop at the hospital to visit her mother on the way. The remaining staff tune ...
A sitcom about two dreamy roommates in London. Gay unemployed actor Tom Farrell has a vague ambition to become the British Tom Cruise, but his career is going nowhere, and his love life ... See full summary »
Sketch based show starring 'Victoria Wood', 'Julie Walters' and many others. Included regular items such as "Acorn Antiques" with Julie as Mrs Overall and a regular advice slot from Agony ... See full summary »
A rather naive, middle-class man is admitted to a hospital ward and finds that he is sharing it with a working-class layabout and an upper-class hypochondriac. All three of them cause headaches for the hospital staff.
The Liverpool-based Boswell family are experts at exploiting the system to get by in life. Despite the fact that none of the Boswells are officially employed, they manage to live a fairly ... See full summary »
Three old men from Yorkshire who have never grown up face the trials of their fellow town citizens and everyday life and stay young by reminiscing about the days of their youth and attempting feats not common to the elderly.
Comic goings on in this series set in an English holiday camp called Maplins. The title comes from the camp's greeting, which the staff are meant to say with enthusiasm but all too often ... See full summary »
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
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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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