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Comedy about the workers in a factory canteen.
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Cast

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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Release Date:

12 December 1999 (USA) See more »

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Julie Walters plays the role of Petula, the mother of Bren (Victoria Wood). As Walters was only three years older than Wood, heavy makeup was required to significantly age Walters. See more »

Quotes

Anita: [on the topic of Christmas decorations] Is genitalia the silver stuff you drape over the branches?
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Featured in RIP: Comedian Victoria Wood Passes Away at 62 (2016) See more »

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The wit and charm of Dinner Ladies
22 May 2005 | by kenpitcherSee all my reviews

I have watched on DVD hundreds of times All the episodes of Dinner Ladies. Those who did not like or maybe not quite understood some of the humour, check it out again, there are a great many hidden gems as to the brilliant mind of Victoria woods writing. "He played my body like a pinball machine. I lit up, paid out, and no tilting" was the brilliant line of Bren (victoria wood) mother (Julie Walters) describing her relationship with her young man. It was everyday folk, talking about everyday issues. Hidden behind the charm and the humour the show showed its emotional side, with Bren giving up her holiday to help her mother financially, single mothers, and redundancy. The show lasted two series. I look with great hesitation Victoria Woods next project.


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