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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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Maxine Peake (whose first significant role this was, after leaving drama school) sought Victoria Wood's advice about her acting career during the series. Wood advised her that, in the long term, she should lose weight ,or she would be playing comedy characters like "Twinkle" for the rest of her career. Taking Wood's advice, in-between the first and second seasons, Peake went on a major diet and returned for the second season much thinner, to the great surprise of Wood, the producers, and cast, none of whom knew of her intentions. However, Wood and Producer Geoff Posner were angry with Peake for not discussing her plans with them first, as they felt she had changed the character of Twinkle with her weight loss and new appearance, and as a result, Peake had to wear a "fat suit" under her costume for the second season. 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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12 December 1999 (USA) See more »

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