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. Victoria Wood. Copyright: Phil McIntyre Entertainment.

Christmas Special - Our Friend Victoria At Christmas

The episode kicks off with some classic stand-up from Victoria perfectly summing up the downsides of Christmas - over spending, over indulgence and all too tiring. But Victoria's close friends, including Julie Walters and Daniel Rigby reveal how the opposite was in fact true. Their best friend absolutely adored Christmas!

Further details

This extended episode of Our Friend Victoria, which celebrates Victoria Wood's huge back-catalogue, looks at all things festive!

This episode is hosted by one of Victoria's long-term collaborators, Anne Reid. Victoria had a huge impact on Anne's career, taking her from serious drama to comedy - Anne reveals how she spotted her knack for comedy and for that she is eternally grateful.

Anne has known Victoria since the late 70s when her late husband, Peter Eckersley, spotted Victoria performing in her self-written play Talent at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre. He asked her to recreate it for television - this was Victoria's big break and from there she never looked back.

The episode kicks off with some classic stand-up from Victoria perfectly summing up the downsides of Christmas - over spending, over indulgence and all too tiring. But Victoria's close friends, including Julie Walters and Daniel Rigby reveal how the opposite was in fact true. Their best friend absolutely adored Christmas!

Also in this episode, Victoria's friends - including memories from Celia Imrie, Richard E. Grant and Reece Shearsmith - look back at their favourite sketches chosen from all of her Christmas episodes.

As ever the show finishes with a song. Ted Robbins and sister Kate, reminisce about the huge production values and time taken to pull off this particular Christmas musical spectacular. While former Shadow Home Secretary, Ann Widdecombe, recalls the conversations she had with Victoria prior to production of this spoof show stopper entitled, Ann Widdecombe. She also reveals her thoughts on watching it for the first time.

Broadcast details

Date
Saturday 23rd December 2017
Time
9:30pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
40 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Thelma Barlow Self
Celia Imrie Self
Ted Robbins Self
Shobna Gulati Self
Victoria Wood Self (Archive Material)
Guest cast
Anne Reid Host / Presenter
Kate Robbins Self
Andrew Dunn Self
Michael Ball Self
Julie Walters Self
Richard E. Grant Self
Steve Pemberton Self
Mark Gatiss Self
Reece Shearsmith Self
Ann Widdecombe Self
Jo Brand 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

Video

Ann Widdecombe on The Ann Widdecombe Song

Ann Widdecombe recalls when Victoria Wood rang her up to ask if she minded being parodied in a Christmas song.

Featuring: Victoria Wood, Ann Widdecombe.

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