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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The first series originally was to have ten episodes, but Wood threw four of them away as she was not happy with the quality of her own writing. See more »

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Stan: Male maintenance person entering female lavatory area!
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The (hilarious) lives and loves of a group of dinner ladies
17 January 2000 | by (Nottingham, England) – See all my reviews

It might not sound like an amusing premise, but believe me, it's funny. This is a great show from Victoria Wood, with a wonderful ensemble cast, including Celia Imrie and Julie Walters, which has got to lead to some laughs. As well as humour it's got its more serious moments, making it all-round great entertainment. Definitely one to watch.


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