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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

GOLD to go behind the scenes of Victoria Wood's dinnerladies

Entertainment channel Gold have a new three-part documentary series to  honour the late Victoria Wood entitled  dinnerladies diaries. The UKTV Original documentary series will be based on Wood’s personal diaries.

Gold will give viewers a glance into Victoria’s notebooks, her backstage photos and studio records - all of which have never been seen before. The three-part series will also feature interviews with the cast and friends of dinnerladies as they reminisce 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 do we know?  Because she recorded all her thoughts and feelings in diaries, notebooks, photos and backstage footage.

Produced by Phil McIntyre Television, dinnerladies diaries tells the story of how this groundbreaking comedy was conceived, developed, produced and why Victoria chose to end it after just two series.

 Ordered by UKTV’s director of commissioning Richard Watsham and Gold general manager Steve North, the series was commissioned by senior commissioning executive Iain Coyle who will also oversee as executive producer for UKTV.  Lucy Ansbro, Phil McIntyre and Lindsay Jex are the executive producers for Phil McIntyre Television and Richard Dean will series produce and direct.

Iain Coyle said: “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.”

Steve North added: “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.”

dinnerladies diaries Will air on GOLD in 2018

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