Tag: Victoria Wood

  • Warden Walters
    Warden Walters

    The final joke of Bomb, the fourth episode of The Young Ones, never gets the laugh I think it deserves. It’s not a bomb, it’s an egg the plane has laid. I wonder if the noise of the baby plane has been mixed too loud and drowns out the laugh. Anyway, here’s Rick’s exclamation when…

  • dinnerladies Clippings
    dinnerladies Clippings

    The early reporting about dinnerladies focused on two things. First, that this was going to be Victoria Wood’s first sitcom, and second that it marked a new role for Corrie’s Thelma Barlow. Here’s the first mention I can find, in the Dublin Evening Herald from 24 October 1998. On the 3rd November, this interview with…

  • Victoria Wood … As Listed In The Radio Times
    Victoria Wood … As Listed In The Radio Times

    Yesterday I learned that Victoria Wood herself wrote the Radio Times listings for her show As Seen On TV. The first one, which aired on Friday 11th January 1985, reads like this: ‘Chipper’ Patel arrived from New Delhi in 1962 with an artificial leg and five pounds in his pocket. He now controls a multi-million…

  • The Ballads Of Barry And Freda
    The Ballads Of Barry And Freda

    Let’s do it. Let’s have a look at The Ballad of Barry and Frida, and watch how Victoria Wood developed the song over time, changing the contemporary references. Here’s the song as it appeared in 1986 on an episode of As Seen On TV. She said of the song, ‘A joy to write, a sod…

  • Some Christmas Continuity
    Some Christmas Continuity

    What better way to escape an oppressive heat wave than to cosy up with some comforting Christmas continuity?

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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