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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 ...  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


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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Despite achieving huge popularity in the U.K., the show only ran for two seasons, from 1998 to 2000, as Victoria Wood did not want to ruin the appeal by dragging the show on. Another popular series of Wood's, Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV (1985), also ran for two seasons. See more »


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8 February 2019 | by ygwerin1See all my reviews

Brilliant stuff, I've always loved Victoria Wood and everything she's ever done. After watching her TV shows there's some of her repertory company, co-star Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, and Duncan Preston. I've never watched Coronation Street as I am not a fan of soaps, but I recognised two of its regulars (Anne Reed and Thelma Barlow) though I didn't know the actresses names. It was good to be introduced to actresses who were new to me, Shobna Gulati and Maxine Peake, as well as to Andrew Dunn.

I've since enjoyed seeing Anne Reed in several TV programmes. And Andrew Dunn in one or two occasional shows. I absolutely love Julie Walters in everything I've ever seen her in. She is a consummate actress who plays every part to perfection. I can't disagree more with the comments about her character. She is extremely eccentric but that's no bad thing, I think she is wonderfully weird. No one else could have possibly played that part, she is Petula.

This is one of my favourite comedy shows with a great selection of colourful characters, each brilliantly performed by an incredibly talented team of artists. They formed such a perfect partnership, that I could certainly imagine them working together. Anyone used to working in what I consider to be a normal environment, such as a factory will be able to to relate to the show. The natural badinage that exists between workmates used to each others company, is wonderfully encapsulated.

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12 December 1999 (USA) See more »

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