Our Friend Victoria. Victoria Wood. Copyright: BBC.

Our Friend Victoria

BBC One documentary series about Victoria Wood. 7 episodes (1 series) in 2017. Features Julie Walters, Richard E. Grant, Michael Ball, Maxine Peake and others.

Our Friend Victoria. Image shows from L to R: Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton. Copyright: Phil McIntyre Entertainment.

Series 1, Episode 5 - Television

The League Of Gentlemen (Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith) present the penultimate episode of Our Friend Victoria, which explores Victoria Wood's take on Television.

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Victoria Wood was a self-confessed TV addict, she'd watch anything and everything. In fact the worse the programmes were, the more she enjoyed them. She laughed at the sheer nonsense of the TV world, before turning it on itself by creating some of the most ground-breaking parodies we have ever seen on our screens.

Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith bonded at university over their love of Victoria's sketch show, As Seen On TV. The trio (together with Jeremy Dyson) hold Victoria up as one of the finest writers and comedy performers of the modern era, so feel honoured to present this programme.

This episode looks at a typical day of television from Victoria's unique perspective. The League Of Gentlemen begin by looking at how Vic blatantly parodied daytime magazine shows with Marjorie and Joan (As Seen On TV) and presenter couple, Sally and Martin (All Day Breakfast). Next up it's soaps, with the very best bits from Acorn Antiques and Vic's pitch-perfect pastiche of a 1960s episode of Coronation Street. The boys also look at Victoria's pioneering mockumentaries, which changed the comedy landscape and continue to inspire.

Contributions come from Victoria's closest friends and colleagues including Julie Walters, who recalls the fun she had playing the awful patronising women that Vic dreamt up. Long-term collaborator Duncan Preston reveals his back-up plan if his career in comedy came to an end. And former Crossroads star Kate Robbins remembers how Vic loved to hear her stories about life on the soap, then used these insider titbits in her scripts for the much-loved Acorn Antiques.

This episode is jam-packed with the very best-bits from Victoria's phenomenal canon of work making it must-see television for comedy fans.

Broadcast details

Date
Tuesday 9th May 2017
Time
9pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes

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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Reece Shearsmith Host / Presenter
    Steve Pemberton Host / Presenter
    Mark Gatiss Host / Presenter
    Celia Imrie Self
    Victoria Wood Self (Archive Material)
    Guest cast
    Joanna Scanlan Self
    Kate Robbins Self
    Maxine Peake Self
    Duncan Preston Self
    Diane Morgan Self
    Julie Walters 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
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