dinnerladies. Image shows from L to R: Jean (Anne Reid), Stan (Duncan Preston), Brenda (Victoria Wood), Twinkle (Maxine Peake), Dolly (Thelma Barlow), Tony (Andrew Dunn), Anita (Shobna Gulati). Copyright: Good Fun / Pozzitive Productions.


BBC One sitcom about a staff canteen. 16 episodes (2 series), 1998 - 2000. Stars Victoria Wood, Julie Walters, Thelma Barlow, Andrew Dunn and others.

Series 2, Episode 4 is repeated on Drama tomorrow at 4:50pm.

Series 2

1. Catering

First broadcast: Thursday 25th November 1999

It's Friday 9th April 1999, the date to conceive a 'millennium baby'. Whilst Tony attempts to humour a rather dim-witted work-experience girl, Bren's main concern is having workmen in to paint the canteen without closing for the duration.


2. Trouble

First broadcast: Thursday 2nd December 1999

Jean's husband leaves her for a dental assistant in south Wales, and her colleagues feel the force of her frustration and anger. Meanwhile, Petula has a more-than-slightly surprising announcement to make.


3. Holidays

First broadcast: Thursday 9th December 1999

A place has become available for Bren to go on holiday to Marbella - with Tony. That's if her mother, Petula, doesn't get in the way.


4. Fog

First broadcast: Thursday 16th December 1999

An escaped prisoner causes worry for the canteen staff, and Bren tries to hide her fear of needles when a blood donor team arrive at the factory, causing much speculation as to whether she's pregnant.


5. Gamble

First broadcast: Thursday 23rd December 1999

Tony and Bren arrive at work together, causing much scandalous rumour amongst the girls. And a bet they'll "get it on" before Christmas.


Special: Christmas

First broadcast: Friday 24th December 1999

It's Christmas Eve, also Bren's birthday, and after an awkward interruption the previous night, she's worried that everything with Tony is ruined - but is resignation her only option?


Special: Minnellium

First broadcast: Thursday 30th December 1999

It's New Year's Eve 1999, and the canteen is preparing for a special millennium dinner. But an abandoned baby and a riot in the city centre begin to throw everyone's plans into chaos.


8. Christine

First broadcast: Thursday 13th January 2000

After the events of New Year's Eve, Anita's left the canteen. Her replacement, Christine, has chronic flatulence and manages to upset, annoy, and/or anger everyone within a couple of hours. On top of that, the social services want Petula to live with Bren!


9. Gravy

First broadcast: Thursday 20th January 2000

Petula makes a surprise announcement, and Bren is excited to have been picked to appear on TV quiz show Totally Trivial. Tony's hoping she'll come away with him to a new life in Scotland.


10. Toast

First broadcast: Thursday 27th January 2000

The toaster breaks down, but the company refuses to pay for a new one; Bren fails to make it to the TV studio in time to play for the final £10,000 prize; and Petula's time on this earth does indeed finally come to an end. Unfortunately, there's still more upsetting news in store for the canteen staff.


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