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Created by, written by and starring the one and only Victoria Wood, Dinnerladies chronicles the antics of a group of workers in a "manky old canteen" up in the north of England. Bren (Wood) tries to maintain a semblance of order in amongst the chaos, while dealing with her unspoken love for the canteen supervisor, sex-obsessed cancer sufferer Tony. Dolly and Jean are the bickering menopausal older women, always at odds but best friends underneath it all. Then there's thick-as-two-short-planks Anita, always off living on her own planet, and the terminally uninterested Twinkle, more concerned with her sex life and having a good time than anything else. Making up the motley crew are military man Stan, the handyman, obsessed with following rules and regulations, and ditzy Philippa, the Personnel officer, who never seems to get anything right. Dinnerladies ran for two seasons, from 98 to 2000, and ended due to Victoria Wood's refusal to do any more. Like the best sitcoms, Dinnerladies went out at the top of its game, resolving everyone's storylines. In the UK and still can be seen on UK TV Gold most nights. One of the most consistently funny sitcoms in recent years, the sixteen episodes provide a lasting testament to Wood's comedy genius.moreless
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  • An Awesome Show with an awesome cast

    All of the actors and actresses that were priviledge to be part of this played such perfect roles. It all gelled together perfectly and the comedy tied in with the drama of the canteen could not have been done any better than it already was. Even though there were only 2 series there are so many moments that can stick in the memories of the fans of this show. We share many a laugh at the mere rememberance of this show. There aren't any shows as perfect as this around anymore. you cant beat the good old british comedies at all.moreless
  • Brilliant Television from the amazingly talented Victoria Wood

    With an all star cast Dinnerladies is very funny. A programme I can watch over and over again with out getting bored with it. The cast play the characters brilliantly making you feel a personal friend to each and every one of the ladies. With Dolly and Jean sniping at each other and the nice but dim Twinkle. You also start to feel for Tony played by Andrew Dunn who is the only man along with handy man Stan, Duncan Preston. Another welcoming appearence every so often is Bren, Victoria Woods mother Petula, who is played by the incredibly talented Julie Walters whose one liners are cracking.moreless
  • One of the best ever British sitcoms that was unfortunately short-living.

    I really loved Dinnerladies, it was one of the best things I ever watched. I only discovered it about a year or two ago, as a repeat on UKTV Gold, but soon after watching it I was dying to get the box set and watch more. It's so different to the current comedies, with grotesque humour and constant swearing. Dinnerladies was charming and fun to watch, and picked me up on days when I wasn't feeling too well.

    As of today I have seen every single episode (which wasn't too hard, as there are only 16). One thing I do hope is that sooner or later, they hold a reunion episode or series, as I'm sure it would be much loved by many.moreless
  • what a fantastic show!

    Dinnerladies is a fantastically funny show written by Victoria Wood. It follows the lives of the staff of a canteen in a factory.

    The main characters include Bren (Victoria Wood), Dolly (Thelma Barlow), Jean (Anne Reid), Twinkle (Maxine Peake), Anita (Shobna Gulati), Tony (Andrew Dunn) and Stan (Duncan Preston).

    The stories follow their everyday lives and include some unusual plots, such as the visit from the Royals, the film-crew for a documentry and the ever-eventful life of Bren's mother (played superbly by Julie Walters).

    It is an absolutley fabulous British comedy that is very under-rated. I would recommend it too anyone! Fantastic!!moreless
  • A most wonderful show!

    This show was one of my fav's from the very first episode the interaction between the cast was first rate from dolly through Phillipa and even on to twinkle the writing is excellent and the pace is just so spot on to keep you wanting to watch again and again!

    It's one of the few shows that I can happily own the DVD and still watch the repeats when on TV

    It would be so good if they did a special with the cast going to Bren and Tony's B&B in Scotland for an Xmas edition it would be so good to catch up with themmoreless

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