Victoria Wood to be celebrated in Our Friend Victoria

Our Friend Victoria will air next month on BBC One marking the one-year anniversary of Victoria Wood’s death.

“Victoria was unparalleled in what she achieved as a creator, writer, character actress, sketch and sitcom performer, director, singer, songwriter and stand-up – she did the lot with a unique humour and a broad appeal common touch.” Shane Allen, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning

BBC One and BBC Comedy Commissioning today announce a series dedicated to the body of work from the much loved and highly revered comedian, writer and actor Victoria Wood.

Our Friend Victoria is a six-part series in which Victoria’s archive is introduced and celebrated by her friends, peers and co-stars.

Victoria’s rich and varied career spanned four decades, won her a raft of awards including six BAFTA’s and deep affection from the British public. This is a chance to honour and appreciate her most iconic work all over again alongside some re-discovered treats.

Julie Walters (Victoria Wood: As Seen On TV), Michael Ball (That Day We Sang) Maxine Peake (Dinnerladies) Daniel Rigby (Eric And Ernie) and others to be announced, will each present an episode of the series dedicated to the star.

Jim Broadbent, Conleth Hill, Anne Reid, Thelma Barlow, Celia Imrie, Ted Robbins, David Threlfall, Shobna Gulati and Aisling Bea will also be amongst the many other guests talking about their love of Victoria.

Shane Allen, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning says: “British comedy lost its most prolific and multi-talented star last year. Victoria was unparalleled in what she achieved as a creator, writer, character actress, sketch and sitcom performer, director, singer, songwriter and stand-up – she did the lot with a unique humour and a broad appeal common touch. Close colleagues from across her career guide us on a celebration of Victoria’s finest work so we can revel in her brilliance once more as her work and influence will live on for a long time to come.”

Produced by Phil McIntyre Television and executive produced by Lucy Ansbro and Lindsay Jex. The BBC commissioning editor is Rachel Ashdown.

Our Friend Victoria (6×30’) will air next month on BBC One marking the one-year anniversary of Victoria’s death.

❉ Source: BBC – Comedian Victoria Wood to be celebrated and remembered in Our Friend Victoria on BBC One – Media Centre


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