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on 17 September 2009
After scripting several plays for Granada in the late 70s and early 80s, the station provided Victoria Wood with her first series. In keeping with the way the plays were presented she shared the billing with Julie Walters with Julie coming over as a professional actress and Victoria as a bit nervous. The series was shown in 1982 and was not recomissioned, which is baffling as the sketches are well-remembered, not only for being amusing at the time, but also for the way they were refined later for the BBC in Victoria Wood As Seen On TV.

Clearly like any sketch show the segments are hit and miss, but there's enough hits to make this fun and many of the songs work (although there are too many of them), even if the series didn't get much of an audience at the time. One problem with the show is the lack of focus that would come later with it being unclear whether the aim is gentle comedy, light entertainment, or sharp social satire. In addition a lot of the characters are not so warm and loveable as later creations, and so it works a lot better when the leads slip out of character to be themselves. The one character who does work well is Dotty, a hideous looking creation whose weekly views on life are all gloriously wrong. The character is but a short step away from Patricia Routledge's later Kitty.

Aside from the amusing old hair styles and fashions it's also nice to see familiar faces such as Rik Mayall appearing making this a worthwhile mixture of nostalgia and entertainment.
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