Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Still thinking of having pork and pickle fancies for Shona's wedding?

Sad news today.

One of our favourite comediennes and writers, Miss Victoria Wood is dead. I am distraught.

Miss Wood emerged - unusually for someone with actual talent - out of winning TV talent show New Faces way back in the mists of time, soon partnered up with an equally impressive talent in Miss Julie Walters... and, well, the rest is history.

In her career she won more television BAFTAs than anyone in BAFTA history - for her stand up, her drama and her light entertainment programmes. As a stand-up she toured for more than twenty years, and held the record at the Royal Albert Hall for fifteen consecutive sold out shows. As well as comedy, she won two BAFTAs and an International Emmy nomination as Best Actress for her lead role in TV drama Housewife 49, based on the Mass Observation diary of Nella Last.

In common with the many, many people who are mourning the loss of Miss Wood today, it is the fact she was such an integral part of our lives that means that this news comes as such a dreadful shock. We all can recite lines - maybe even whole sketches word-for-word - from her ground-breaking television series. And here are just a few of our favourites...

Bangles and a polo neck?

Two Soups:

The Shoe Shop:

The Cafe queue:

Is it on the trolley?

And, of course - Acorn Antiques:

RIP, a genius.

Victoria Wood CBE (19th May 1953 – 20th April 2016)

More of Victoria Wood's fabulosity here, here, here and here.


  1. Another shock. This year is turning out to be a terrible one for some of our more beloved stars. Thanks for posting a selection of her best stuff here. It’s nice to see such a wonderful body of work all together. R.I.P. indeed.

    1. It was incredibly shocking news. With some people, we might almost expect them to go eventually, if just of old age. But she was only 62. Such a sad loss... Jx

  2. I still can't really believe it. I grew being entertained by Victoria Wood, and this just doesn't seem possible.
    My sister said the other day: "But Chrissie hasn't yet reached land. No one seems to know where she is." I nearly cried, so I'm glad you've posted Two Soups as it's one of my favourites and never fails to make me laugh.

    1. It is remarkable the way some people are such an integral part of one's very being - Miss Wood and David Bowie being prime examples - that it makes their loss even greater to bear than someone who was just "famous"... Jx


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