Radio Times GUIDE TO TV COMEDY

Victoria Wood

Country of originUK
BroadcasterBBC
Production company 
Type of comedySitcoms
Total number of episodes6
Length of programme30 mins
FormatColour
Transmission information16 Nov–21 Dec 1989
BBC1 Thu 8.30pm
Synopsis/critiqueAs a departure from her sketch shows, Wood next made a series of individual comedy playlets, using some members of her regular troupe as well as guest actors.

Pleasing though it was to find the star unwilling to rest on her laurels, this series while commendably ambitious, was a mite disappointing. Though filled with cracking dialogue and well-drawn characters, the witty lines seemed contrived in this environment, often at odds with the storyline. For other writers the series might have been considered a triumph; as a follow-on from As Seen On TV it was a trifle flat.

Episode 1

Mens Sana in Thingummy Doodah 16 NOV 1989

Main castVictoria—Victoria Wood

Nicola—Julie Walters

Lill—Lill Roughly

Dana—Liza Tarbuck

Connie—Meg Johnson

Sallyanne—Georgia Allen

Credits

Writer Victoria Wood

Director Kevin Bishop

Producer Geoff Posner

Synopsis/critiqueAttempting to be fit and thin means raw broccoli, saunas and trips to the gym. But Victoria thinks there must be more to life.

Episode 2

The Library 23 NOV 1989

Main castVictoria—Victoria Wood

Sheila—Anne Reid

Madge—Carol Macready

John—Richard Kane

Keith—Philip Lowrie

Richard—David Henry

Ted—Danny O'Dea

CreditsWriter Victoria Wood

Director/producer Geoff Posner

Synopsis/critiqueSheila comes to the library to play a dating-agency tape on the video machine. Well-meaning Victoria tries to help the path of true love but it all goes badly wrong.

Episode 3

Over To Pam 30 NOV 1989

Main castVictoria—Victoria Wood

Pam Cunard—Julie Walters

Lorraine—Kay Adshead

Saundra—Meg Johnson

Jim—Hugh Lloyd

Caroline—Julia St John

Sue—Lill Roughley

CreditsWriter Victoria Wood

Director Kevin Bishop

Producer Geoff Posner

Synopsis/critiqueSelf-centred, snobbish, hypocritical TV host Pam Cunard meets her match when she goes live on the air with a 'common' member of the public.

Episode 4

We'd Quite Like To Apologise 7 DEC 1989

Main castVictoria—Victoria Wood

Joyanne—Julie Walters

Una—Una Stubbs

John—Philip Lowrie

Barbara—Lill Roughley

Kathy—Jane Horrocks

Carol—Celia Imrie

Check-out girl—Susie Blake

CreditsWriter Victoria Wood

Director Kevin Bishop

Producer Geoff Posner

Synopsis/critiqueWhile awaiting a delayed take-off, aeroplane passengers sit in the departure lounge and discuss previous holidays and their hopes for this one.

Episode 5

Val De Ree (Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha) 14 DEC 1989

Main castVictoria—Victoria Wood

Jackie—Celia Imrie

Susan—Joan Sims

Mim—Avril Angers

Jamie—Michael Lumsden

CreditsWriter Victoria Wood

Director Kevin Bishop

Producer Geoff Posner

Synopsis/critiqueVictoria and Jackie's walking tour of the moors goes less than smoothly, thanks to an un-erectable tent and the hostile woman who runs the Youth Hostel.

Episode 6

Staying In 21 DEC 1989

Main castVictoria—Victoria Wood

Moira—Patricia Hodge

Hilary—Phyllis Calvert

Gerald—Roger Brierley

Dulcie—Lill Roughley

Julia—Celia Imrie

Alan—Jim Broadbent

CreditsWriter Victoria Wood

Director/producer Geoff Posner

Synopsis/critiqueShy, TV-obsessed Victoria finds herself at posh Moira's dinner party. She would have had a better time staying in …

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