Comedy about the workers in a factory canteen.
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Series cast summary:
Victoria Wood ...  Bren 16 episodes, 1998-2000
Thelma Barlow Thelma Barlow ...  Dolly 16 episodes, 1998-2000
Andrew Dunn Andrew Dunn ...  Tony 16 episodes, 1998-2000
Shobna Gulati ...  Anita 16 episodes, 1998-2000
Celia Imrie ...  Philippa 16 episodes, 1998-2000
Maxine Peake ...  Twinkle 16 episodes, 1998-2000
Duncan Preston Duncan Preston ...  Stan / ... 16 episodes, 1998-2000
Anne Reid ...  Jean 15 episodes, 1998-2000
Sue Devaney Sue Devaney ...  Jane / ... 11 episodes, 1998-2000
Julie Walters ...  Petula 9 episodes, 1998-2000
Christopher Greet 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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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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Bitter Sweetness
23 January 2000 | by jenny_r81See all my reviews

The way in which "dinnerladies" is presented is enough to endear you to the show on its own. Each of the characters are simply that - their own little character more often than not in their own little world. The humour comes from their interaction and their experiences, and Victoria Wood's unique writing style.

The single setting means that every now and then, there are references to events we haven't seen, or in some cases, not even been mentioned before, which gives the canteen a realistic feel (and and occasional frustrating quality!) as you realise that they do have lives outside those four walls, what kind of a life is anyone's guess.

"dinnerladies" is one of those comedies that loses none of its charm or wit on repeated viewings, and despite the fact that there won't be a third series, it is sure to be remembered.


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