Our Friend Victoria is a brand new six-part series premiering on BBC One at 9.30pm on 11 April. It tracks through Victoria’s extensive archive is introduced and celebrated by her friends, peers and co-stars.
Episode one is presented by Victoria’s long-term friend and collaborator Julie Walters, who looks at Victoria’s take on age and those unforgettable characters who spanned generations. From naïve teenagers like Chrissie, the long-distance swimmer, to the pre-menstrual lovable misfits that were the dinnerladies – and not forgetting a treasured trove of hip-creaking, old crones, beautifully brought to life by Julie. These characters were grounded in the everyday. However exaggerated, they were never implausible.
Clips include classic sketches featuring teenage lovebirds, Carl & Gail; bolshie tear-away Kelly-Marie Tunstall and painfully naïve Chrissie, who hopes to swim the channel. We explore Victoria’s take on middle age via hilariously honest stand-up routines and scenes from dinnerladies. While the unforgettable Waitress sketch (AKA Two Soups) and Acorn Antiques showcase Victoria’s penchant for picking out little quirks that made her old characters universally recognisable.
Julie is joined by fellow co-stars Celia Imrie, Duncan Preston, Anne Reid, Maxine Peake, Thelma Barlow and Shobna Gulati, who open up about working with Victoria and creating these iconic scenes. While friends and fans including Michael Ball, Richard E. Grant, Aisling Bea, Ted Robbins, Kate Robbins and Harriet Thorpe pick out their favourite moments and discuss why she’s not just their friend but Our Friend, Victoria.
All this, along with rare behind-the-scenes photos from Victoria’s personal archive, make this series a must-see for Victoria Wood fans.
Our Friend Victoria Episode 1 (of 6) airs on Tuesday 11 April 2017 from 9.30pm-10.00pm on BBC One.