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Wood & Walters once got so drunk they woke on bar floor

After striking up a friendship with Julie Walters, "shy" Victoria Wood found her pal had become not only a close friend, but also her muse for her comedy acting which propelled their pair of them to stardom.

Jasper Rees, The Mirror, 18th October 2020

Victoria Wood biography explores her painful childhood

Victoria Wood's best work had a comic breadth and energy few contemporaries could match. When she died in 2016, for some fans it was as though a family member had been taken from them. Now an authorised biography looks at what lay behind her extraordinary and multifaceted talent.

Vincent Dowd, BBC, 16th October 2020

Walters joins all-star cast to narrate Wood biography

Julie Walters will be featuring as part of an all-star cast for the audiobook of Jasper Rees' authorised biography of Victoria Wood, Let's Do It.

Trapeze has promised the audiobook will be "a rich, multi-voice recording narrated by an all-star cast of some of the legendary performers who worked with Victoria over her iconic career". Alongside Walters narrating will be Celia Imrie, Duncan Preston, Susie Blake, Anne Reid, David Threlfall, Daniel Rigby, Jane Wymark, Richenda Carey and Kate Robbins. An introduction will be narrated by Rees himself.

Katherine Cowdrey, The Bookseller, 13th October 2020

Victoria Wood's Secret List coming to BBC Two

BBC Two is to broadcast Victoria Wood's Secret List, a two-part show featuring some of the comedian's favourite sketches, as detailed in one of her personal notebooks.

British Comedy Guide, 3rd October 2020

Victoria Wood biography exclusive

Victoria Wood biography exclusive: 'She made audiences laugh till it hurt and choked them up with sorrow'. Jasper Rees explains what made the great Lancastrian a comedian like no other.

Jasper Rees, The Telegraph, 2nd October 2020

Channel 5 to celebrate Victoria Wood in new documentary

Channel 5 is to broadcast Victoria Wood: In Her Own Words, a documentary featuring archive clips of the comedian performing and speaking about her career, as well as new interviews with celebrity admirers.

British Comedy Guide, 18th August 2020

Modern comedy might not appeal, but joke's not over yet

Glumness settles on a large part of the nation whenever the subject of comedy comes up now. The lockdown has led to a more frenetic search for entertainment, and the current state of humour hasn't wanted for critics. This week, Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson, 80, said it was dire, and listed several comedians, adding: "They should be done under the Trade Description Act." I sympathised with his assessment, while also feeling there were a few comedians today who are as fine as any of previous generations.

Robert McNeil, The Herald, 9th May 2020

Golden oldies: Britain's best vintage comedy

The best old sitcoms, stand up and stars of the silver screen are just what the nation needs to get us through these long housebound days - not everything on Netflix is notable, and Amazon Prime is hit and miss. So why not do yourself a favour, and when next looking for something to bring a smile to your face, take a trip back in time to see some of Britain's best comedy.

Benedict Spence, The Spectator, 21st April 2020