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 6 - Fame

Our Friend Victoria. Daniel Rigby. Copyright: Phil McIntyre Entertainment
Daniel Rigby presents the final episode of Our Friend Victoria, looking back at Victoria's life on screen and the memorable moments she created on the topic of Fame.

Further details

Daniel Rigby first met Victoria when he got a part in her film, Eric & Ernie. He played a young Eric Morecambe (winning the BAFTA for Best Actor) and she played his mum. It came up in conversation that he didn't have anywhere to live at the end of the job. Without hesitating, Vic said 'why don't you come and live with me?'. What began as a couple of weeks crashing in her spare room, extended to over a year. It was the most awe-inspiring and inspirational period of his life.

In this episode, Daniel guides us through Victoria's own rise to fame, with performances on That's Life to her first sketch-show with old friend Julie Walters, on Wood & Walters, before success with As Seen On TV. Classic clips include Kitty, Carl & Gail and Susie Blake's continuity announcer. We also look back at Vic's fantastic Acorn Antiques, plus the legendary 'Making of...' and the rarely seen Beyond The Marigolds.

Also appearing in this episode is Julie Walters, who recalls the fun she had playing the character of Bo Beaumont, the rather grand actress who plays Mrs Overall in Acorn Antiques.

Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith (The League Of Gentlemen) discuss how Victoria's comedy perfectly captured the dark side of fame and the inflated egos associated with it. While Michael Ball tells how he was prepared to sell his soul to get a part in Victoria's last film, That Day We Sang. Footage filmed behind-the-scenes shows Victoria in her element directing Michael and his co-star, Imelda Staunton.

As ever, the show finishes with a song and Daniel has chosen his all-time favourite from Victoria's extensive playlist of songs. A rather racy number called PAM.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 9th May 2017
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 10th May 2017 11:00pm BBC1 Scot
Friday 3rd August 2018 9:30pm BBC1
Monday 17th August 2020 8:00pm BBC2

Cast & crew

Daniel Rigby Host / Presenter
Ted Robbins Self
Victoria Wood Self (Archive Material)
Guest cast
Kate Robbins Self
Maxine Peake Self
Harriet Thorpe Self
Duncan Preston Self
Richard E. Grant Self
Steve Pemberton Self
Mark Gatiss Self
Production team
Richard Dean Series Director
Richard Dean Series Producer
Jessika Barcynski Producer
Lucy Ansbro Executive Producer
Lindsay Jex Executive Producer
Chris Heath Edit Producer
Ian Wilson Editor
Kate Deadman Editor
Stephen Bainbridge Editor
Victoria Wood Composer
Rachel Ashdown Commissioning Editor


Julie Walters & Maxine Peake reflect on Victoria Wood

A year after her death, Wood's contemporaries pay tribute to the comedy legend in Our Friend Victoria.

Radio Times, 9th May 2017

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