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Year: 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Barbara Windsor

4 November 1998


Helen Atkinson Wood ... Narrator (voice) (as Helen Atkinson-Wood)

Barbara Windsor ... Herself

Zoë Ball ... Herself
Lionel Bart ... Himself
Garry Bushell ... Himself
Peter Charlesworth ... Himself - Barbara's Agent, 1959-1970

Bernard Cribbins ... Himself
Jack Douglas ... Himself
Robert Dunn ... Himself

Maurice Gibb ... Himself
Anna Karen ... Herself
Miriam Karlin ... Herself

Ross Kemp ... Himself
Joan Littlewood ... Herself

Martine McCutcheon ... Herself
Steve McFadden ... Himself

Paul O'Grady ... Himself
Mike Reid ... Himself
Peter Rogers ... Himself
Gaby Roslin ... Herself
George Sewell ... Himself
Ned Sherrin ... Himself

Samantha Spiro ... Herself
June Whitfield ... Herself
Dale Winton ... Himself
Geoffrey Hutchings ... Sid James (uncredited)
Sid Owen ... Himself (uncredited)
Patsy Palmer ... Herself (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 2: Victoria Wood

11 November 1998
A look back at the career of the award-winning comedian Victoria Wood, from a solitary childhood in 1960s Lancashire to becoming the first stand-up to sell out the Royal Albert Hall. In this programme from 1998, normally a deeply private person, Victoria Wood talks at length about her life as a performer. Other contributions come from collaborators Julie Walters and Celia Imrie, while admirers such as Clive James, Dame Thora Hird and Caroline Aherne discuss what they love most about her style of comedy.

Victoria Wood ... Herself / Various Characters
Lesley Fitton ... Herself - Schoolfriend
David Morton ... Himself - Rochdale Youth Theatre Workshop
Les Cocks ... Himself - Producer - New Faces
Bruce Dessau ... Himself - Journalist / Audience Member
Geoffrey Durham ... Himself - Victoria's Husband

Caroline Aherne ... Herself - Actress
Clive James ... Himself - Broadcaster and writer

Celia Imrie ... Herself - Actress and friend / Various Characters
Duncan Preston ... Himself - Actor and friend / Various Characters

Helen Atkinson Wood ... Herself - Narrator (voice)
Jan Alphonse ... Sue (archive footage) (uncredited)
Michael Aspel ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joan Bakewell ... Herself - Audience Member (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ronnie Barker ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Thelma Barlow ... Dolly (archive footage) (uncredited)
Susie Blake ... Continuity Announcer (archive footage) (uncredited)
Roger Brierley ... Hotel Manager (archive footage) (uncredited)
Marti Caine ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Judi Dench ... Herself - Audience Member (archive footage) (uncredited)
Grace Durham ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Henry Durham ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bella Emberg ... Herself - Audience Member (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dawn French ... Herself - Audience Member (archive footage) (uncredited)
Michael Grade ... Himself - Audience Member (archive footage) (uncredited)

Elspet Gray ... Herself - Audience Member (archive footage) (uncredited)

Shobna Gulati ... Anita (archive footage) (uncredited)

Lenny Henry ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Thora Hird ... Herself / Jim's Mother (uncredited)

Patricia Hodge ... Herself - Audience Member (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gorden Kaye ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Andrew Livingston ... Carl (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert Longden ... Singer & Performer (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jenni Murray ... Herself (uncredited)

Maxine Peake ... Twinkle (archive footage) (uncredited)
Amanda Pointer ... Daisy (archive footage) (uncredited)

Anne Reid ... Various Characters (archive footage) (uncredited)

Cliff Richard ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Brian Rix ... Himself - Audience Member (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lynda Rooke ... Bella (archive footage) (uncredited)

Patricia Routledge ... Kitty (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jennifer Saunders ... Herself - Audience Member (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tilly Vosburgh ... Selina (archive footage) (uncredited)

Julie Walters ... Herself / Various Characters (uncredited)
Albert Welch ... Customer (archive footage) (uncredited)
Michaela Welch ... Customer (archive footage) (uncredited)
Michael Williams ... Himself - Audience Member (archive footage) (uncredited)
Wincey Willis ... Herself - Audience Member (archive footage) (uncredited)

Barbara Windsor ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bernard Wrigley ... Singer & Accordian Player (archive footage) (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 3: Cliff Richard

18 November 1998


Cliff Richard ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 4: Lenny Henry

16 December 1998


Lenny Henry ... Himself

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: Roger Moore

22 October 1999

Sean Borg ... Himself

Michael Caine ... Himself
Bryan Forbes ... Himself

Roger Moore ... Himself
Michael Wilson ... With thanks to

Season 2, Episode 2: Maureen Lipman

29 October 1999


Maureen Lipman ... Herself

Season 2, Episode 3: Ben Elton

5 November 1999

Ben Elton ... Himself
Barbara Houseman ... Narrator

Season 2, Episode 4: George Cole

23 December 1999


Richard Attenborough ... Stoker George Snipe (archive footage)
Roy Ward Baker ... Himself - Director Morning Departure / Director Vampire Lovers

Honor Blackman ... Herself - Co-Star Fright (also archive footage)

Dirk Bogarde ... Himself (archive footage)

Richard Burton ... Mark Antony (archive footage)

George Cole ... Himself
Tara Cole ... Herself - Daughter

Joan Collins ... Sadie Patch (archive footage)

Annette Crosbie ... Herself - Co-Star Mr Bolfry / Co-Star Menace

Glynn Edwards ... Dave (archive footage)
Gretchen Franklin ... Herself

Susan George ... Amanda (archive footage)

Jack Hawkins ... Himself (archive footage)

Geraldine James ... Lady Maud Lynchwood (also archive footage)

Martin Landau ... Himself - Co-Star Cleopatra (archive footage)

Dilys Laye ... Herself / Bridget Strong (also archive footage)

Julia McKenzie ... Mrs. Forthby (archive footage)

Hayley Mills ... Herself (archive footage)

John Mills ... Himself - Co-Star Cottage to Let / Co-Star Morning Departure (also archive footage) (as Sir John Mills)
Penny Morrell ... Herself
Naomi Plaskitt ... Herself - Alastair Sim's Widow (as Naomi Sim)

Queen Elizabeth II ... Herself (archive footage)

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother ... Herself (archive footage)

Alastair Sim ... Charles Dimble / Millicent Fritton / Clarence Fritton (archive footage)

Elizabeth Taylor ... Cleopatra (archive footage)

Dennis Waterman ... Himself (also archive footage)
Gary Webster ... Himself (also archive footage)

Terry Wogan ... Himself (archive footage)

Season 3


Season 3, Episode 1: Caroline Quentin

14 November 2000


Caroline Quentin ... Herself

Season 3, Episode 2: Ronnie Corbett

19 December 2000


Ronnie Corbett ... Himself

Season 3, Episode 3: Patrick Stewart

30 May 2001


Michael Dorn ... Himself

Marina Sirtis ... Herself

Brent Spiner ... Himself

Patrick Stewart ... Himself

Season 3, Episode 4: Leslie Phillips

24 February 2002


Kathy Burke ... Herself

Steve Coogan ... Himself
Andy Davidson ... Himself

Nigel Hawthorne ... Himself
Bill Kenwright ... Himself
John Mortimer ... Himself

Leslie Phillips ... Himself

Angela Scoular ... Herself
Alan Simpson ... Himself

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