Entertainment channel Gold will honour the late Victoria Wood with dinnerladies diaries.
“These days the phrase ‘national treasure’ gets bandied about all too often but in Victoria’s case, it is apt and accurate. The folks at Phil McIntyre TV have uncovered some extraordinary material, that will give us a unique insight into how one our best loved shows was conceived and produced.” – UKTV senior commissioning executive Iain Coyle
The three part special UKTV Original documentary series is based on the late star’s personal diaries of the BBC sitcom – drawing from private notebooks, backstage photos and studio records. The hour long episodes will also feature cast and friends of dinnerladies reminiscing about one of Britain’s most loved comedies on its 20th anniversary.
Twenty years ago, Victoria Wood put pen to paper and wrote her multi-award-winning comedy, dinnerladies. She’d never written a sitcom before, having stuck to sketches, songs and playlets – this was a big thing for her. How does UKTV know? Because she recorded all her thoughts and feelings in diaries, notebooks, photos and backstage footage.
Gold celebrated 25 years on air with two hit retrospective documentary series, David Jason: My Life on Screen and The Story of Only Fools and Horses, with great success reaching over 2.05million adults. The channel has honoured comedy legends in the past with UKTV Originals The Two Ronnies Spectacles, Bring Me Morecambe and Wise and The Interviews.
dinnerladies diaries will air on Gold in 2018.
“We are very proud of the retrospective documentaries we have made on Gold from Bring Me Morecambe and Wise to The Interviews, and this is a wonderful tribute to the incredible talent of Victoria Wood.” – Gold general manager Steve North