Victoria Wood: The Secret List. Victoria Wood. Copyright: Phil McIntyre Entertainment.

Victoria Wood: The Secret List

BBC Two documentary highlights from Victoria Wood. 2 episodes (1 series) in 2020. Features Victoria Wood and Sara Pascoe.

Victoria Wood: The Secret List. Victoria Wood. Copyright: Phil McIntyre Entertainment.

Victoria Wood: The Secret List

Highlights from Victoria Wood's output, as based on a list from her own personal notebook

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2020
Channel
BBC Two
Episodes
2   (1 series)
Features
Victoria Wood and Sara Pascoe
Producers
Lindsay Jex and George Hencken

Victoria Wood's Secret List features more than 20 sketches from the comedian's vast array of work. The sketches - chosen by Victoria herself - were discovered on a list in one of her personal notebooks after her untimely death.

Both programmes will also feature previously unseen insights into Victoria's life, including clips from her own personal archive. They also include contributions from a number of well-known faces who will discuss her broad catalogue of award-winning comedy.

With a career spanning more than 40 years and crossing every possible genre, Victoria has a back catalogue that's bulging with sublime comedy moments, and Victoria Wood's Secret List promises viewers a unique opportunity to see the very best bits of Victoria's work that she loved the most.

The list

In 2009, Victoria wrote a list of her favourite moments from her seminal 80s series - As Seen On TV - intending to produce a 25th anniversary compilation, before finding herself busy with other projects. The list remained locked away in her office - until now.

1) Opening titles of As Seen On TV

2) STAND UP: RADIO INTERVIEW
Victoria doing stand up - gag about turning up to appear on radio show and presenter not knowing who she is

3) IN THE OFFICE
Sketch Victoria and Julie Walters as office women - talking prudishly about sex, phone rings they answer it "Hello family planning clinic".

4) CONTINUITY (BLACK & WHITE TELEVISION)
Susie Blake as news reader intro-ing Acorn Antiques, saying she's off to mend the dispenser in the ladies loos.

5) FILM CLASSIC
Pete Postlethwaite northern kitchen sink drama joke about 'whippet getting wet, caught cold and died' (B&W).

6) MARGERY & JOAN
Victoria & Julie Walters as daytime TV presenters, later demonstrating new idea for stopping drafts and noise at windows - brick them up.

7) A SIMPLE NORTHERN BOY
Victoria at piano singing 'I'm just a simple northern boy' with brass band.

8) ACORN ANTIQUES
First Acorn Antiques. Miss Babs marriage to Mr. Bob called into question. Continuity announcer's voiceover advertising Acorn Antiques.

9) KITTY
Kitty's (Patricia Routledge) tips for a long life and good health

10) SWIM THE CHANNEL
Victoria as Chrissie - 'Swim the Channel'.

11) KEEP RIGHT ON SHOPPING
Musical number set in a tearoom 'shopping all day long'.

12) CONTINUITY (OBESITY)
Susie Blake as newsreader, overweight gag and joking about having mopped up her tea with a kid's painting.

13) TURKISH BATH
Victoria and Julie Walters in steam room with bikinis over clothes.

14) DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET CAPTION INTO SONG: "KNOCK KNOCK"
50s pastiche musical number 'knock knock knock on your knocker' (B&W).

15) YOUNG LOVE (WHERE SHALL WE LIVE WHEN WE'RE MARRIED?)
Carl & Gail at bus stop talking about when they get married.

16) DEPARTMENTS PERFUMERY (MUGGING)
Celia Imrie in department store, sprays a sample onto Duncan Preston and says it's "anti-mugging spray".

17) A FAIRLY ORDINARY MAN
A Fairly Ordinary Man with Jim Broadbent.

18) KITTY
Kitty in an evening dress drinking sherry chatting.

19) ACORN ANTIQUES
Mrs O turns out to be Berta's mother and Trixie takes up Holy orders.

20) CONTINUITY (ROW WITH BOYFRIEND)
Susie Blake talks about mauve slacks.

21) GIVING NOTES
Julie Walters as leader of an amateur dramatics' society putting on production of 'Hamlet' - issuing notes to individuals in group.

22) STAND-UP: FLIPPING OUT
Victoria doing stand up routine featuring... stopped by police / train full of weird people / gets plane flipped out / wakes up in an institution / escaped to TV studio / getting coach home.

23) SPAGHETTI
Victoria and Julie Walters having dinner together in an Italian restaurant. Julie Walters talks about home life, waited on by salacious waiter.

24) TELEVISION CLASSICS / CORONATION STREET
TV Commercial for set of videos - Coronation St parody (in B&W) with Julie Walters & Victoria.

25) THE MAKING OF ACORN ANTIQUES

26) AT THE CHIPPY
Musical number - 80s version of a 50s pastiche.

27) SUPERMARKET CHECKOUT
Supermarket checkout with Celia and Victoria as check out girl.

28) KITTY
Kitty discusses a bring and buy sale, reincarnation and regression.

29) CONTINUITY - (WALLY WALLABY)
Susie Blake talks about a birthday parade with "wallaby hops".

30) ACORN ANTIQUES
Clifford has a secret to reveal. Plus, Advert for products and touring costume exhibition.

31) THE TROLLEY
Two businessmen are trying to have a lunch meeting but are constantly disturbed by the waitress.

32) SHOE SHOP
Victoria is attempting to buy shoes from assistant (Julie Walters).

33) WAITRESS!
Celia Imrie and Duncan Preston as a couple in a restaurant ordering lunch, Julie Walters as doddery, old waitress.

34) SELF-SERVICE
Victoria & Julie Walters are shoppers in a canteen queue. Julie Walters is complaining about everything that's on offer and the people around her.

35) CONTINUITY
Susie Blake introducing the final episode of Acorn Antiques.

36) ACORN ANTIQUES
Final episode of AA.

37) BALLAD OF BARRY AND FREDA (Let's Do It)

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • Victoria Wood's Secret List (Working title)
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 25th December 2020 on BBC Two at 9:10pm
Last new broadcast
Saturday 26th December 2020 on BBC Two at 9:05pm
Length of episodes
1 hour

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