dinnerladies diaries. Image shows from L to R: Victoria Wood, Shobna Gulati, Anne Reid, Maxine Peake, Thelma Barlow. Copyright: UKTV.

dinnerladies diaries

Gold documentary about Victoria Wood's diaries. 3 episodes (1 series) in 2018. Features Julie Walters, Thelma Barlow, Andrew Dunn, Shobna Gulati and others.

Series 1, Episode 1 - Perfect Ingredients

In Episode One, Victoria Wood describes why she wanted to have a go at making a sitcom, and there's a look at the on-screen coupling of Thelma Barlow and Anne Reid as Dolly and Jean.

Further details

Victoria Wood describes why she wanted to have a go at making a sitcom, how she came up with the idea of dinnerladies, and how she came to use a mixture of long-time collaborators coupled with some new actors to create the perfect cast. The show also focuses on one of the funniest couplings in sitcom history, Dolly and Jean played by the unforgettable Thelma Barlow and Anne Reid.

Plus, Victoria describes why she wanted her friend Julie Walters to be one of the stars of the show by playing her on screen Mum, Petula Gordino.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 14th March 2018
60 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Julie Walters Self
    Thelma Barlow Self
    Andrew Dunn Self
    Shobna Gulati Self
    Maxine Peake Self
    Anne Reid Self
    Geoff Posner Self
    Victoria Wood Self (Archive Material)
    David Morrissey Narrator
    Guest cast
    Peter Salmon Self
    Joanna Scanlan Self
    Peter Martin Self
    Production team
    Richard Dean Director
    Richard Dean Series Producer
    Nigel Alred Producer
    Iain Coyle Executive Producer
    Lucy Ansbro Executive Producer
    Phil McIntyre Executive Producer
    Lindsay Jex Executive Producer
    Fiona Frankland Line Producer
    Ian Wilson Editor
    Luke Hallam Director of Photography
    Tom Pridham Director of Photography


    Cast lucky to have been involved

    This clip is from episode 1 of dinnerladies diaries and features the cast discussing their involvement in the programme and how lucky they were to be in it.

    Featuring: Thelma Barlow, Andrew Dunn, Shobna Gulati, Anne Reid.


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