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, Thelma Barlow, Andrew Dunn, Shobna Gulati and others.

Series 2, Special is repeated on Yesterday on Tuesday at 11pm.

Series 2, Episode 2 - Trouble

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.

Broadcast details

Thursday 2nd December 1999
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Victoria Wood Brenda
Thelma Barlow Dolly
Andrew Dunn Tony
Shobna Gulati Anita
Celia Imrie Philippa Moorcroft
Maxine Peake Twinkle
Duncan Preston Stan
Anne Reid Jean
Julie Walters Petula Gardeno
Sue Devaney Jane
Guest cast
Linda Bassett Peggy
Judy Flynn Val
Steve Huison Steve
Jonathan Magnanti Man
Kaleem Janjua Reg
Writing team
Victoria Wood Writer
Production team
Geoff Posner Director
Victoria Wood Producer
Geoff Posner Producer
Phil McIntyre (as Philip McIntyre) Executive Producer
David Tyler Executive Producer

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