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Dinnerladies - The Complete Collection [DVD] [1998]
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2010
Amazing DVD set of the comedy series 'Dinnerladies'. Very well written and acted by all cast including, Victoria Wood, Julie Walters and of course Celia Imrie. Brought back a lot of memories from when I watched it on TV first time round. Brilliant classic humour.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2003
If there is one comedy series that deserves the best of award it should have been this one. Series one was brilliant , but series two, just keeps on getting better and better with each episode and each viewing. Pity theres no extras as I am sure the cast had a grest time and there just MUST have been some "outtakes". now lets see if we can persuadeAuntie BBC to release the first series on dvd as my video is just about worn out.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2005
If you like your comedies unhurried and gentle, with unexpected strokes of genius;this is the one for you.
This is a comedy set in a northern factory canteen, where the staff are a mixture of old and young, but who all work well together and bounce wit and ripostes off each other like two equally matched tennis players.
Victoria Woods' brainchild is, quite simply,an ordinary look at life according to the workers; (even if their views are misguided at times, and their I.Q seems to be in the region of a British winters day!!!)e.g "What's the soup of the day Twink?". "Minestrone". "Why haven't you written it on the board?". "Can't spell it!!".
All of the actors from her "As Seen On TV" are here, as well as some familiar "ex Soapers", and it's this regular crowd that ensures that this show remains one of the best of recent times.
If you want madcap, in yer face, brashness, steer clear. If you want irony, empathy, and steady laughs throughout, BUY THIS.This is suitable for the whole family, and just goes to show that you don't need sex swearing and violence to make a good show.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2004
It has to be the best comedy series since The Good Life. I never tire of watcning it. I notice something new each time - and the links from one chapter to the next if amazing. The characters are so individual and believable - I feel I know them all personally. The first series was great, so good I've worn out the videos and sadly they're not available on DVD. I feel so sad that there won't be any more, but I take comfort in the thought that my DVD will last longer than the video - and i WILL be able to replace it. It is real 'comfort' viewing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2011
Absolutely loved this. Amazing to see this whole series from start to finish. I have seen most episodes before.but not in the original order.
Brilliant acting from all the characters and so funny. Very moving too. I actually cried when Bren got her birthday present - the Black Dyke Mills band playing "Happy Birthday". Victoria Wood is so generous in the really funny lines she gives to all the other characters. It just left me wanting more.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2000
From the first time i watch dinnerladies, i was hooked. It is not only a comedy but a real life drama. It has episodes on very serious issues but always manages to keep the element of suprise alive. Some of the characters play roles that you would never expect. It is an hilarious mix of comedy and brilliant writing. I only wish they were making another series.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2006
One of the funniest comedies ever made, I never get tired of watching this. Set in a factory canteen, it deals with the everyday lives of the canteen staff and various visitors. Victoria Wood, who also wrote the show, plays Bren, who tolerantly and humorously holds the rest of the staff together, aided by Tony (Andrew Gunn) the long-suffering canteen manager. One of the best things about it is that all the characters are funny, and all the performances brilliant. My favourite parts are the barbed exchanges between Jean (Anne Reid)and Dolly (Thelma Barlow), who are wonderful together. The rest of the cast are all terrific too, in particular Julie Walters as Bren's outrageous mother, who lives a strange fantasy life in which she rubs shoulders with an assortment of glamorous celebrities, and is much given to saying things like "John Lennon had this emulsion". The guest stars do their bit as well, one of the funniest episodes is episode 2 of series 1, where Simon Williams plays a Royal Duke eating lunch in the canteen on a Ducal visit. The scene where he bares his soul to Bren about the utter boredom of his life is absolutely hilarious.

Series 2, in my opinion, is a bit patchier than series 1, it occasionaly gets too bogged down in seriousness for my taste. However, even series 2 is still much, much funnier than most other comedies. Brilliant writing and dazzling performances come together in this gem of a series, it's cheap at the price, snap it up while you have the chance.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2007
I first saw this programme on UK Gold on sky and loved it so much I decided to buy the box set. It's brilliant and all the characters are superb and work well together. I can watch the episodes over and over again and not get bored.

I think the amount of episodes is not enough and it could have gone on for longer without still being boring. I would love a one off show say as a christmas special where they all have a reunion in the old canteen building and a what happend next in all the characters lives. Did tony and Bren go on ok in Scotland?, Did Jean and Stan get married? And how was Dolly's move upmarket?

I would definately recommend this commedy to anyone.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2011
I had never seen this on TV and never even seen any other work by Victoria Wood, but as I am fan of classic British TV comedy I put it on my wishlist. I was thoroughly impressed with both the writing and acting, which draws you right into their world. The combination of individual episode plots alongside ongoing relationship sub-plots means you can either watch episodes separately or consecutively (some comedies with individual episode plots can become difficult to watch in blocks). The characters are all loveable in their own way and the whole situation has a feel of reality which you can identify with.
If you haven't seen this comedy before, I would highly recommend it as it is one of the best I've seen, the only drawback being they only made 16 episodes.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2007
This is one of the classics, only 2 series, but all the better for it. Brilliantly written, directed and acted by the cast. One of my favorite comedies, and I would recommend to anyone with a sense of humour worth a candle.
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