||Dinner Ladies (mis-spelling)
||1998 - 2000 (BBC2)
||16 (2 series)
||Victoria Wood, Julie Walters, Thelma Barlow
||British Broadcasting Corporation
Set in the canteen of the fictional northern factory HWD
Components, "Dinnerladies" observes the day-to-day
work lives of the kitchen staff.
The canteen is managed by Tony who is in love with dinnerlady
Bren. Much of the show is about the "will they, won't
they" relationship between the two. The other canteen
workers include posh Dolly, moaning Jean, butch teenager Twinkle
and very stupid Anita. Bren's horrid bag lady like mother
Petula, officious handyman Stan and dithering Personnel Manager
Philippa also feature.
Despite a very slow pace and characters that would normally
be considered too down-to-earth and "normal" to
appear in a sitcom (except of course for the excellent Walters
as Petula) thanks to Victoria Wood's great direction this
sitcom really works.
With a almost soap-like storyline and excellent joke telling
by the ensemble team "dinnerladies" quickly created
a legion of fans when it first aired, all of whom were disappointed
that Wood decided to call it a day after just two brief series.
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