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As good as Oscar Wilde
on 2 January 2006
Dinnerladies is possibly the most underestimated comedy the world has ever seen. Almost every line seems to contain something good, and there are so many jokes, witticisms and finely-observed characters packed into each half hour that almost anyone is bound to laugh at something sooner or later.
The lion's share of the credit has to go to the writer (and star) Victoria Wood. She exhibits the highest form of humour, quiet but biting, satirical without being exploitative, filled with humanity while at the same time laughing at every aspect of humans, you can see yourself and people you know in virtually every character. The actors are all on top form, and Wood makes full use of what seems to have become her acting company from her "As Seen On TV" series. Some serious themes creep in now and then, but Wood's matter-of-fact non-melodramatic approach suits the situations perfectly, and actually seems more realistic than the way serious dramas make plausible situations into contrived crises.
It's difficult to know why Dinnerladies and Wood herself aren't more widely acknowledged, this is possibly the best sitcom since Dad's Army, and it's certainly as pleasurable to watch. I only hope that we see lots more from Wood in the future, if she can write as well as this we need to see more from her.
As for this particular DVD presentation, I bought it on Amazon for a special offer price of £9. £9 for all two series of something as good as this doesn't deserve any less than five stars, and even at double the price I wouldn't have any hesitation in purchasing it.
It doesn't come with any extras though, which is a shame as an interview with the cast and crew would be a most welcome companion to this complete collection. This is a landmark series, make no mistake about it.