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Dinnerladies 

Comedy about the workers in a factory canteen.
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2000   1999   1998  
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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 ...  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 (Victoria Wood), 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 (Andrew Dunn) 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 (Thelma Barlow) and Jean (Anne Reid), 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 (Maxine Peake), described sarcastically by Tony as "The Pixie With The Laughing Face" is always in a foul mood, and Anita (Shobna Gulati) simply hasn't a clue. Add in Stan (Duncan Preston) the handyman, who busies himself with "toaster emergencies" and "canine faces alerts" and Philippa (Celia Imrie), the neurotic human resources officer, and it's... Written by Roseanne Hodge <rosie@ihug.co.nz>

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The majority of the cast and many of the guest actors and actresses had appeared, or went on to appear, in Victoria Wood's favorite soap opera, Coronation Street (1960). They were: - Thelma Barlow played Mavis Riley/Wilton, 1971-1997 - Anne Reid played Valerie Tatlock/Barlow, 1961-1971 - Sue Cleaver played Eileen Grimshaw, 2000 onwards - Shobna Gulati played Sunita Parekh/Alahan, 2001-2006, 2009 onwards - Maxine Peake played Belinda Peach, 1999 - Duncan Preston played Dennis Stokes, 2004 - Sue Devaney played Debbie Webster, 1984-1985 - Joanne Froggatt played Zoe Tattersall, 1997-1998 - Jane Hazlegrove played Sue Clayton, 1985 - Kenny Doughty played Jake, 2009 onwards - Jackie Downey played Fiona, 2007 - Graham Seed played Prosecuting Solicitor, 1981 - Liz Hume Dawson played Rachel Goddard, 2008 - Lynda Baron played Renee Turnbull, 1997 - Lill Roughley played Lorraine Thomson, 1996 - Howard Crossley played Lorry Driver, 1982 - Kaleem Janjua played Soresh Parekh, 2001 - Liam Fox played several roles, 2005, 2008 - Andrew Dunn played several roles, 2003, 2007-2008 - Steve Huison played several roles, 1997, 2003, 2008 onwards - Sue Wallace played several roles, 1980, 2005 - Shireen Shah played several roles, 1993, 1995 - Peter Lorenzelli played several roles, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1997 - Jack Smethurst played several roles, 1980-1983, 2001 - Peter Martin played several roles, 1976, 1977, 1980 - Christine Moore played several roles, 1978, 1981, 2005, 2007 - Bernard Wrigley played several roles, 1976, 1977, 1986, 1991, 1996, 1999. See more »

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Stan: That's Frank Sinatra on toast, is that.
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Featured in The South Bank Show: Victoria Wood (2007) See more »

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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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