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Comedy inspiration was the theme of The Essay: Top of the Bill (Radio 3, Monday to Friday) all last week, as five comedians and writers talked about the defining moment in their lives that made them turn to comedy. The best episode was Susan Calman's.

She recalled the life-changing moment she saw An Audience with Victoria Wood as a young girl: "I don't think a more perfect piece of comedy has ever been produced," Calman said, with awe and joy streaming through her voice as she remembered Wood's famously frisky Ballad of Barry and Freda (Let's Do It). It was delicious to revisit Wood's genius, and the whole series was a warming, invigorating study of laughter and influence. Letting comedians be serious, and to talk at length about their personal heroes, may have been the real risk this week, but it was one worth taking.

Charlotte Runcie, The Telegraph, 26th February 2020

Comics in Oxford Dictionary Of National Biography

Caroline Aherne, Victoria Wood and Ronnie Corbett and have been added to a prestigious and definitive list of the greatest ever Britons.

Chortle, 9th January 2020

Victoria Wood statue unveiled in memory of comedian

The likeness sits across from the library where she stole books as a child because she was too shy to ask about membership.

Sky News, 17th May 2019

Victoria Wood statue unveiling in Bury tomorrow

A life-size bronze statue of Prestwich-born comedy icon Victoria Wood is to be unveiled in Bury town centre tomorrow.

Neil Brandwood, Bolton News, 16th May 2019

Gold reveals Britain's Greatest Comedian list

Channel Gold has revealed the shortlist of 30 comedians who will be featured in its show Britain's Greatest Comedian.

British Comedy Guide, 1st May 2019

My comedy hero: Angela Barnes

Winner of the 2011 BBC New Comedy Award and Edinburgh Fringe favourite chooses her comic idols.

Brian Donaldson, The List, 17th April 2019

Fans claim Victoria Wood statue doesn't look like her

Comic's baffled fans say the planned statue looks nothing like her.

Chortle, 27th January 2019

Victoria Wood statuettes on sale

Miniature statuettes of Victoria Wood are now on sale, raising funds for a full size version to be erected in her home town in the Summer.

British Comedy Guide, 6th December 2018