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dinnerladies diaries

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

Next new episode is on tomorrow at 8pm. Episode 2
Catch-up on Episode 1 on UKTV Play

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.

Full synopsis

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

This episode is currently available on UKTV Play

Wednesday 14th March 2018
60 minutes


  1. Thursday 15th March 2018 at 1:00pm on Gold
  2. Sunday 18th March 2018 at 5:25pm on Gold

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
Ian Wilson Editor


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.


Creator Victoria Wood's summary of dinnerladies as "just a bunch of women who work in a canteen" belies how popular her first sitcom was. Twenty years after the show began, this three-parter tells the behind-the-scenes story, with contributions from the likes of Julie Walters, Maxine Peake and Jo Brand.

Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 14th March 2018

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