Victoria Wood

From Wikipedia Victoria Wood CBE (19 May 1953 – 20 April 2016) was an English comedian, actress, singer and songwriter, screenwriter and director. Wood wrote and starred in sketches, plays, films and sitcoms, and her live comedy act was interspersed with her own compositions, which she accompanied on piano. Wood also composed and performed the theme music for her award winning BBC sitcom Dinnerladies. Much of her humour was grounded in everyday life, and included references to popular British media and brand names of quintessentially British products. She was noted for her skills in observing culture, and in satirising social classes. She started her career in 1974 by winning the ATV talent show New Faces. It wasn't until the 1980s that she began to establish herself as a comedy star, with the award-winning television series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV and became one of Britain's most popular stand-up comics. In 1998, she wrote and starred in the (again, award-winning) sitcom Dinnerladies. In 2006, she won two BAFTA awards for her one-off drama for ITV1, Housewife, 49. Wood frequently worked with long-term collaborators Julie Walters, Duncan Preston and Celia Imrie. Victoria Wood died on 20 April 2016 after a short battle with cancer. She was 62.

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The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005)

The fictional world of Royston Vasey is facing apocalypse and the only way to avert disaster is for our nightmarish cast of characters to find a way into the real world and confront their creators. From present day Soho to the fictional film world of 17th Century ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Bendelack
CAST:  Mark Gatiss  •  Steve Pemberton  •  Reece Shearsmith  •  Bruno Langley

The fictional world of Royston Vasey is facing apocalypse and the only way to avert disaster is for our nightmarish cast of characters to find a way into the real world and confront their creators. From present day Soho to the fictional film world of 17th Century ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Bendelack
CAST:  Mark Gatiss  •  Steve Pemberton  •  Reece Shearsmith  •  Bruno Langley

Eric & Ernie (2011)

Single drama telling the story of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise's formative years, from child stars to national treasures. 'Big head, short legs' is Eric Bartholomew's first impression of Ernie Wiseman, but their friendship endures and, encouraged by his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonny Campbell
CAST:  Daniel Rigby  •  Bryan Dick  •  Victoria Wood  •  Vic Reeves

Single drama telling the story of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise's formative years, from child stars to national treasures. 'Big head, short legs' is Eric Bartholomew's first impression of Ernie Wiseman, but their friendship endures and, encouraged by his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonny Campbell
CAST:  Daniel Rigby  •  Bryan Dick  •  Victoria Wood  •  Vic Reeves

Happy Since I Met You (1981)

A play by Victoria Wood. Frances is 28, single and happy, despite ritual interrogation from her family as to why she's not married. Then she meets Jim, and finds she has decisions to make.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Baz Taylor
CAST:  Julie Walters  •  Duncan Preston  •  Tracey Ullman  •  Jim Bowen

A play by Victoria Wood. Frances is 28, single and happy, despite ritual interrogation from her family as to why she's not married. Then she meets Jim, and finds she has decisions to make.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Baz Taylor
CAST:  Julie Walters  •  Duncan Preston  •  Tracey Ullman  •  Jim Bowen

Acorn Antiques: The Musical (2006)

Acorn Antiques: The Musical! is the all-singing, all-dancing and fully overalled stage version of the beloved TV spoof. The triumphant West End production brought together Julie Walters (Mrs Overall), Celia Imrie (Miss Babs) and Duncan Preston (Mr Clifford) - the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Trevor Nunn
CAST:  Julie Walters  •  Celia Imrie  •  Victoria Wood  •  Duncan Preston

Acorn Antiques: The Musical! is the all-singing, all-dancing and fully overalled stage version of the beloved TV spoof. The triumphant West End production brought together Julie Walters (Mrs Overall), Celia Imrie (Miss Babs) and Duncan Preston (Mr Clifford) - the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Trevor Nunn
CAST:  Julie Walters  •  Celia Imrie  •  Victoria Wood  •  Duncan Preston

Victoria Wood's All Day Breakfast (1992)

Victoria Wood's All Day Breakfast is a 50-minute television comedy special, written by and starring comedian Victoria Wood. It was broadcast on BBC One on Christmas Day 1992.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Posner
CAST:  Victoria Wood  •  Julie Walters  •  Celia Imrie  •  Duncan Preston

Victoria Wood's All Day Breakfast is a 50-minute television comedy special, written by and starring comedian Victoria Wood. It was broadcast on BBC One on Christmas Day 1992.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoff Posner
CAST:  Victoria Wood  •  Julie Walters  •  Celia Imrie  •  Duncan Preston

The Borrowers (2011)

Family adventure based on Mary Norton's classic children's books about a race of tiny people who live under the floorboards, resourcefully surviving by borrowing bits and pieces from the large residents who dwell above. After being discovered by 'human beans', ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Harper
CAST:  Christopher Eccleston  •  Stephen Fry  •  Sharon Horgan  •  Aisling Loftus

Family adventure based on Mary Norton's classic children's books about a race of tiny people who live under the floorboards, resourcefully surviving by borrowing bits and pieces from the large residents who dwell above. After being discovered by 'human beans', ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Harper
CAST:  Christopher Eccleston  •  Stephen Fry  •  Sharon Horgan  •  Aisling Loftus

Victoria Wood: Victoria Wood's Midlife Christmas (2009)

This is the time of year when friends and family gather round the television to exchange the traditional greeting -“Don’t bother, there’s nothing on”. Well this Christmas join Victoria Wood for her ‘Mid Life Christmas’ featuring highlights from the Mid Life ...  (more)

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CAST:  Victoria Wood  •  Julie Walters  •  Jason Watkins  •  Lorraine Ashbourne

This is the time of year when friends and family gather round the television to exchange the traditional greeting -“Don’t bother, there’s nothing on”. Well this Christmas join Victoria Wood for her ‘Mid Life Christmas’ featuring highlights from the Mid Life ...  (more)

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CAST:  Victoria Wood  •  Julie Walters  •  Jason Watkins  •  Lorraine Ashbourne

Ballet Shoes (2008)

An unusual explorer named Gum and his kindly niece adopt three orphans -- Pauline, Petrova and Posy -- and raise them as sisters in 1930s London. But the girls must fend for themselves when Gum doesn't return from one of his adventures. Together, they nurture their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sandra Goldbacher
CAST:  Emilia Fox  •  Emma Watson  •  Victoria Wood  •  Marc Warren

An unusual explorer named Gum and his kindly niece adopt three orphans -- Pauline, Petrova and Posy -- and raise them as sisters in 1930s London. But the girls must fend for themselves when Gum doesn't return from one of his adventures. Together, they nurture their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sandra Goldbacher
CAST:  Emilia Fox  •  Emma Watson  •  Victoria Wood  •  Marc Warren

Pat and Margaret (1994)

Unexpected events occur over a long weekend when Pat, a glamorous British born star of American soaps, returns home to plug her auto biography on television and meets, for the first time since they were teenagers, Margaret her plain, fat and frumpy younger sister. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gavin Millar
CAST:  Victoria Wood  •  Julie Walters  •  Celia Imrie  •  Duncan Preston

Unexpected events occur over a long weekend when Pat, a glamorous British born star of American soaps, returns home to plug her auto biography on television and meets, for the first time since they were teenagers, Margaret her plain, fat and frumpy younger sister. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gavin Millar
CAST:  Victoria Wood  •  Julie Walters  •  Celia Imrie  •  Duncan Preston

Housewife, 49 (2006)

Downtrodden wife and mother Nella's life takes an unexpected turn for the better after she joins the Women's Voluntary Service office in Barrow-in-Furness during the Second World War. However, her new-found happiness is shattered when her son Cliff leaves to join ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gavin Millar
CAST:  Victoria Wood  •  David Threlfall  •  Ben Crompton  •  Christopher Harper

Downtrodden wife and mother Nella's life takes an unexpected turn for the better after she joins the Women's Voluntary Service office in Barrow-in-Furness during the Second World War. However, her new-found happiness is shattered when her son Cliff leaves to join ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gavin Millar
CAST:  Victoria Wood  •  David Threlfall  •  Ben Crompton  •  Christopher Harper

Fungus The Bogeyman (2015)

Raymond Briggs' classic family story about smelly monsters, dangerous humans and what happens when the things that go bump in the night move in next door comes to life on Sky 1. Timothy Spall, Victoria Wood and Keeley Hawes star  (more)

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CAST:  Timothy Spall  •  Victoria Wood  •  Keeley Hawes  •  Marc Warren

Raymond Briggs' classic family story about smelly monsters, dangerous humans and what happens when the things that go bump in the night move in next door comes to life on Sky 1. Timothy Spall, Victoria Wood and Keeley Hawes star  (more)

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CAST:  Timothy Spall  •  Victoria Wood  •  Keeley Hawes  •  Marc Warren

That Day We Sang (2014)

TV Film adaptation of Victoria Wood's hit musical set in Manchester in 1929 and 1969. When middle aged loners Tubby and Enid attend a reunion of the choir in which they sang as children, the music evokes powerful memories, leading them to realise they still have a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victoria Wood
CAST:  Imelda Staunton  •  Michael Ball  •  Conleth Hill  •  Vincent Franklin

TV Film adaptation of Victoria Wood's hit musical set in Manchester in 1929 and 1969. When middle aged loners Tubby and Enid attend a reunion of the choir in which they sang as children, the music evokes powerful memories, leading them to realise they still have a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victoria Wood
CAST:  Imelda Staunton  •  Michael Ball  •  Conleth Hill  •  Vincent Franklin

Victoria at the Albert - Live (2002)

Victoria Wood seen performing live at her sold-out show in the Albert Hall using her usual anecdotal humour and amusing songs to cheer the huge audience.  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood seen performing live at her sold-out show in the Albert Hall using her usual anecdotal humour and amusing songs to cheer the huge audience.  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings (2000)

The comedienne stars in this festive sketch show, alongside a host of celebrity guests.  (more)

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CAST:  Victoria Wood  •  Julie Walters  •  Caroline Aherne  •  Susie Blake

The comedienne stars in this festive sketch show, alongside a host of celebrity guests.  (more)

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CAST:  Victoria Wood  •  Julie Walters  •  Caroline Aherne  •  Susie Blake

Don't Panic: The Dad's Army Story (2000)

Victoria Wood presents the true story behind Britain's timeless comedy. Includes footage of the cast on location and incredible personal tales about the making of the series. Was Arthur Lowe really just like Captain Mainwaring? Why did the warden always end up in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gerard Barry
CAST:  Victoria Wood  •  David Croft  •  Jimmy Perry  •  Bill Pertwee

Victoria Wood presents the true story behind Britain's timeless comedy. Includes footage of the cast on location and incredible personal tales about the making of the series. Was Arthur Lowe really just like Captain Mainwaring? Why did the warden always end up in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gerard Barry
CAST:  Victoria Wood  •  David Croft  •  Jimmy Perry  •  Bill Pertwee

Dying Laughing (2017)

The craft, creative process and complicated lives of Stand-up Comedians.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lloyd Stanton  •  Paul Toogood
CAST:  Amy Schumer  •  Kevin Hart  •  Sarah Silverman  •  Chris Rock

The craft, creative process and complicated lives of Stand-up Comedians.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lloyd Stanton  •  Paul Toogood
CAST:  Amy Schumer  •  Kevin Hart  •  Sarah Silverman  •  Chris Rock

Victoria Wood - That Musical We Made (2014)

That Musical We Made is an honest and funny look at the making of a musical. Victoria Wood takes us behind the scenes of That Day We Sang, the film she wrote and directed, and also looks at the real events which inspired her story. She goes back to Manchester to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Eley
CAST:  Victoria Wood  •  Shirley Court  •  Martin Smith  •  Vivien Pottersman

That Musical We Made is an honest and funny look at the making of a musical. Victoria Wood takes us behind the scenes of That Day We Sang, the film she wrote and directed, and also looks at the real events which inspired her story. She goes back to Manchester to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Eley
CAST:  Victoria Wood  •  Shirley Court  •  Martin Smith  •  Vivien Pottersman

Nearly a Happy Ending (1980)

A play by Victoria Wood. Maureen has been faithfully attending the slimmers' club for months. Now the weeks of endless crispbreads have paid off - but is her optimism misplaced? Sequel to Wood's earlier play Talent, featuring the same characters of lifelong friends ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Baz Taylor
CAST:  Victoria Wood  •  Julie Walters  •  Paul Seed  •  Rosemary Williams

A play by Victoria Wood. Maureen has been faithfully attending the slimmers' club for months. Now the weeks of endless crispbreads have paid off - but is her optimism misplaced? Sequel to Wood's earlier play Talent, featuring the same characters of lifelong friends ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Baz Taylor
CAST:  Victoria Wood  •  Julie Walters  •  Paul Seed  •  Rosemary Williams

An Audience With Victoria Wood (1988)

Victoria Wood's live 1988 show to an audience of stars.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David G. Hillier
CAST:  Victoria Wood  •  Joan Bakewell  •  Michael Grade  •  Celia Imrie

Victoria Wood's live 1988 show to an audience of stars.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David G. Hillier
CAST:  Victoria Wood  •  Joan Bakewell  •  Michael Grade  •  Celia Imrie

Victoria Wood: Sold Out (1991)

A live performance of the comedienne from 1991. Starting out on the working mens' club circuit, Victoria Wood graduated to performing her one-woman act in the country's biggest theatres. This show at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton features her usual mix of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marcus Mortimer
CAST:  Victoria Wood

A live performance of the comedienne from 1991. Starting out on the working mens' club circuit, Victoria Wood graduated to performing her one-woman act in the country's biggest theatres. This show at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton features her usual mix of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marcus Mortimer
CAST:  Victoria Wood
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