Change Your Image
Upload An Image
Crop And Save
Screenplay: Nearly a Happy Ending (1980)
Happy to continue watching our two firm friends
Victoria Wood and Julie Walters reunite and reprise their roles of Maureen and Julie, two friends in their late twenties, to perform 'Nearly a Happy Ending' what is an effective sequel to Victoria Wood's first TV play 'Talent', screened the previous year.
Julie has lost her husband and has been a young widow in mourning for some time. Maureen meanwhile has been on a diet and has lost some weight Maureen pays Julie a visit and they go to her slimming club where Maureen finds out she has reached her target weight. From there they move onto a hotel where Maureen wishes to celebrate, in fact they are to have a night out together and possibly pick up a gentleman friend or two. But is Maureen's optimism misplaced?
Viewers are given another wonderful array of songs with gorgeous lyrics. Superb dialogue, excellent writing.
The cast features Peter Martin and Roger Brierley with whom Victoria Wood would go on to collaborate again on several occasions throughout her career.
Available on DVD (together with the preceding play 'Talent' and a further play by Victoria Wood, 'Happy Since I Met You' from the following year), which is an essential part of any real Victoria Wood fan's collection.
Screenplay: Talent (1979)
A strong and splendid start to a wonderful television partnership that would last for more than 30 years...
Begin at the beginning. Whenever I sit down to watch through from beginning to end the glorious collection of programmes that Victoria Wood has left us with, this is where I begin. The 1979 television adaptation of the play written by Victoria Wood.
This was to be the first programme in which television viewers would see Victoria Wood and Julie Walters perform together on the small screen. Although viewers had seen Victoria Wood on television before on New Faces and That's Life!, this was Victoria Wood's first own programme.
Talent features two friends in their twenties, Julie, played by Julie Walters and Maureen, played by Victoria Wood who turn up at a nightclub where Julie is about to enter a talent competition. The play focuses on the time spent in the dressing room before Julie is to go on stage to perform.
Viewers are given a wonderful array of songs with gorgeous lyrics. Superb dialogue, excellent writing. Talent is a strong and splendid start to a wonderful television partnership that would last for over three decades until Wood's premature death in 2016.
Available on DVD, which is an essential part of any real Victoria Wood fan's collection. One could say that the best thing about owning a copy of the DVD is not only that you can watch a young Victoria Wood make a flying start to a glorious career in television, but that is just the first of a plethora of delights that were to be served up to viewers who always would always crave more of the same.