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
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
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
Winner of the 2011 BBC New Comedy Award and Edinburgh Fringe favourite chooses her comic idols.Brian Donaldson, The List, 17th April 2019
Comic's baffled fans say the planned statue looks nothing like her.Chortle, 27th January 2019