Thank goodness these six individual comedy 'playlets' have finally been released on DVD, 18 years after they were shown. I taped them at the time and my VHS tape has all but worn out since - and in fact it's the only VHS tape I still have.
This series shows Victoria Wood at the peak of her powers, around the same time that she was doing Audience With and just before Pat & Margaret. The lines from these shows have peppered my conversations ever since: "my pet noire," "it's the first day of Lewis's sale," "I see that was Allardyce," all of which may mean nothing to you now, but will be all too familiar once you've seen the first episode, Mens Sana In Thingummy Doodah, set in Pinkneys Health Resort ("Boiled water with lemon was my special treat").
And the remaining five episodes are even better, with Wood drinking in with her wonderfully astute eye, observations on camping ("Trouble is meat and drink to daddy"), superficial TV people ("You father died... and you lost weight. Isn't that SO funny!"), dinner parties ("What happens to the prizes they don't win?") and cut-price travel ("Evelyn Waugh? I'm surprised she had time, what with her column").
It's no exaggeration to say that these six episodes comprise some of the very best television comedy of the 1980s. Essential viewing.