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Victoria Wood - Screenplays [DVD]

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  • Actors: Victoria Wood, Julie Walters, Duncan Preston, Tracey Ullman, Jill Summers
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Oct. 2010
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002MVPPOG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,331 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This set brings together three television plays from multi-award-winning comedienne and writer Victoria Wood. Originally transmitted between 1979 and 1981, the plays provided an early showcase for the bittersweet, distinctly Northern humour and mastery of dourly comic, sometimes poignant dialogue that has made her one of Britain's best-loved and most consistently successful performers. Included is the highly acclaimed Talent, commissioned in 1978 by the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield and the play which first brought Victoria Wood to the attention of Granada Television; the productions also reunited Wood and long-time friend Julie Walters, and marked the beginning of their phenomenally successful television partnership. Wood and Walters stalwart Duncan Preston also appears, with turns from Tracey Ullman, George Costigan and stand-up veteran and Bullseye host Jim Bowen. TALENT Julie, a young woman seeking an escape from the encroaching drudgery of domestic life, and Maureen, her frumpish friend, prepare for a talent show at a seedy club. NEARLY A HAPPY ENDING Maureen has been faithfully attending the slimmers club for months. Now the weeks of endless crispbreads have paid off but is her optimism misplaced? HAPPY SINCE I MET YOU Frances is 28, single and happy, despite ritual interrogations from her family as to why she s not married. Then she meets Jim, and finds she has decisions to make...

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Fantastic to finally get a DVD release of these three original Granada productions from the late 70s/ early 80s from the genius that is Victoria Wood.

Production values are extremely good for the time, but, taken separately, the three teleplays here do vary somewhat in the writing quality:

Talent, VW's first play from 1979, is set backstage at a local talent show and features Wood and Walters as Maureen and Julie as they sit and smoke fags and quaff Babycham nervously anticipating Julie's star turn of 'Cabaret' that evening. Filled with some hilarious one-liners and great performances, this does however suffer from some average songs which don't sit too comfortably within the structure of the dialogue. As a first teleplay this is a superb achievement, but there is a little stiltedness to the writing and unsatisfactory exposition of the back story and its outcome in relation to Julie's character. This is the weakest effort of the three, but still manages to conjure some lovely nostalgia and a glimpse of the promise of VW's superb observations.

Nearly a Happy Ending is a sequel to Talent as we catch up with Julie and Maureen a year later to discover that Maureen has been a big success at Weight Watchers and Julie is coping with depression following her finace's death. Altogether a more solid effort than its predecesssor with better songs and a wickedly funny script, this evidences a massive development in VW's talent for writing and structure and succesfully combines laugh out loud crudities with some touching and poignant moments. The only criticism to level at it is that Julie's character comes across as ultimately very unsympathetic, which is the only jarring note of the story.
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I bought this DVD as I am a fan of Victoria Wood and Julie Walters.
I was a little disapointed at first then it got much better as it progressed.
I have watched it a few times now and have come to appreciate the fine acting and writing of Victoria Wood and Julie Walters.
I can now highly recommend this DVD.
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I wasn't sure of this DVD but being a big fan of Victoria Wood I thought I would give it a go, as had seen some of the screenplays on TV a few years before I didn't know if it would have the same impact but it did, it didn't disappoint it still had me laughing.
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By R. Supward TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Oct. 2010
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It's 31 years since 'Talent' was shown on T.V. and what a treat, not only this but also 'Wood & Walters' released within a few days of each other. Of the 3 plays here, I've only had time to watch 'Talent' so far but my memories of watching it those many years ago aren't diminished by seeing it again. For the last 20 odd years I've only had the script of the play to whet my appetite for the day we finally get to watch it again (we don't all live in London) and it's even better seeing it performed in your front room. 100% pure enjoyment. 'Happy Since I Met You', I recorded in 1981 and thanks to my trusty (wind-up) VHS, I've been able to re-visit this classic many times over the years and it just seems to get funnier each time I see it. 'Nearly A Happy Ending' is the one play that I have only a distant memory of seeing but I do remember it from first time around and unless my memory has been fiddled with, it is full of the usual pathos and 'spot on' observations of life that Victoria Wood excels at. I would recommend this to anyone who loves Victoria Wood and/or Julie Walters. It's an opportunitiy to see them both when they first started to make names for themselves. Personally, I'd pay good money to see them read from the Bunty so to see these 3 screenplays at such a low price....well, it's like Amazon were giving them away.
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This DVD was a gem of a find. I was amazed to find these early Victoria Wood plays were available on DVD and this was a great present to myself. The plays look dated due to the age of Victoria and Julie, and due to the simplistic nature of filming, but still great to view.
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Victoria Wood has got the play Talent running in London at the moment (at the Chocolate Factory, Bankside). We saw it on preview week and really enjoyed it. The play is still set when it was made (1979) and it brought back many memories from that time (the references to adverts, port & lemon, and babysham really adding to the nostalgia). We even had a chance to speak with her (and got told off for bringing an under 14 yr old). A definate for the Christmas list
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How brilliant is this? Victoria Wood's first three plays "Talent", "Nearly A Happy Ending" and "Happy Since I Met You", produced by Granada Television way back when I was young enough to only just remember them, so to me they will probably seem like brand new pieces... but will somebody please tell Amazon that this DVD IS COMING OUT on 18 October 2010 (2 weeks time), please let me order it?
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Some of the best of Victoria Woods TV plays.
Watch the way that Victoria gave so much to her art,also giving the best lines to her fellow actors and giving them a chance to shine.
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