Our Friend Victoria. Victoria Wood. Copyright: BBC
Our Friend Victoria

Our Friend Victoria

  • TV documentary
  • BBC One
  • 2017
  • 7 episodes (1 series)

A series dedicated to the body of work from Victoria Wood. Also features Julie Walters, Richard E. Grant, Michael Ball, Maxine Peake, Daniel Rigby and more.

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Series 1, Episode 1 - Age

Our Friend Victoria. Image shows from L to R: Julie Walters, Victoria Wood. Copyright: Phil McIntyre Entertainment
This episode is presented by Victoria's long-term friend and collaborator Julie Walters, who looks at Victoria's take on age and those unforgettable characters who spanned generations.

Further details

Episode 1 is presented by Victoria's long-term friend and collaborator Julie Walters, who looks at Victoria's take on age and those unforgettable characters who spanned generations. From naïve teenagers like Chrissie, the long-distance swimmer, to the pre-menstrual lovable misfits that were the dinnerladies - and not forgetting a treasured trove of hip-creaking, old crones, beautifully brought to life by Julie. These characters were grounded in the everyday. However exaggerated, they were never implausible.

Clips include classic sketches featuring teenage lovebirds, Carl & Gail; bolshie tear-away Kelly-Marie Tunstall and painfully naïve Chrissie, who hopes to swim the channel. We explore Victoria's take on middle age via hilariously honest stand-up routines and scenes from dinnerladies. While the unforgettable Waitress sketch (AKA Two Soups) and Acorn Antiques showcase Victoria's penchant for picking out little quirks that made her old characters universally recognisable.

Julie is joined by fellow co-stars Celia Imrie, Duncan Preston, Anne Reid, Maxine Peake, Thelma Barlow and Shobna Gulati, who open up about working with Victoria and creating these iconic scenes. While friends and fans including Michael Ball, Richard E. Grant, Aisling Bea, Ted Robbins, Kate Robbins and Harriet Thorpe pick out their favourite moments and discuss why she's not just their friend but Our Friend, Victoria.

All this, along with rare behind-the-scenes photos from Victoria's personal archive, make this series a must-see for Victoria Wood fans.

Broadcast details

Date
Tuesday 11th April 2017
Time
9:30pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 10th June 2018 10:30pm BBC1
Monday 13th July 2020 8:00pm BBC2

Cast & crew

Cast
Julie Walters Host / Presenter
Anne Reid Self
Thelma Barlow Self
Celia Imrie Self
Shobna Gulati Self
Aisling Bea Self
Victoria Wood Self (Archive Material)
Guest cast
Joanna Scanlan Self
Kate Robbins Self
Maxine Peake Self
Andrew Dunn Self
Harriet Thorpe Self
Duncan Preston Self
Michael Ball Self
Production team
Richard Dean Series Director
Richard Dean Series Producer
Jessika Barcynski Producer
Lucy Ansbro Executive Producer
Lindsay Jex Executive Producer
Ian Wilson Editor
Victoria Wood Composer
Rachel Ashdown Commissioning Editor

Press

Our Friend Victoria review

Julie Walters presents the first of a six-part celebration of a comedian without equal.

Jasper Rees, The Arts Desk, 12th April 2017

Review: Our Friend Victoria

I laughed a lot through this first episode. Of course I did, it's Victoria ruddy Wood. Her delivery, her word choice, the rhythm of a line. Even if it's not her saying it, you know it's Victoria Wood. Her voice was so strong, in everything she wrote.

Alison Carr, Standard Issue, 12th April 2017

Our Friend Victoria review

Admittedly, this was a glorified clip show - but what clips they were.

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 12th April 2017

Our Friend Victoria review

You won't learn much in this tribute to Victoria Wood, but you'll chuckle and feel warm in that uniquely BBC way.

Chitra Ramaswamy, The Guardian, 12th April 2017

With Britain needing laughter more than ever, it seems especially cruel that Victoria Wood, one of the brightest comic minds ever to illuminate our lives, was unexpectedly taken from us last year. In this new series, Julie Walters looks back at some of the characters her friend and collaborator created, including Chrissie the long-distance swimmer and shambolic pseudo-soap Acorn Antiques, with colleagues from Wood's career also offering recollections.

Mark Gibbings-Jones, The Guardian, 11th April 2017

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