This is the
first collection of assembled highlights from Victoria Wood's
award-winning BBC television show Victoria
Wood: As Seen on TV.
Two talent-packed CDs spill forth the likes of Julie Walters,
Patricia Routledge, Celia Imrie, Duncan Preston and Susie
Blake in an all-singing, all-dancing (well, in a manner of
2-disc CD collection collects some of the highlights of the
Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV series which ran on the
BBC between 1985 and 1987.
was a little apprehensive about revisiting this series after
so long. I remember fondly watching this when I was a teenager,
and I was worried that all my memories would be destroyed
as I discovered that this was not half as entertaining as
I remembered. I'm the guy who remembers thinking that Cannon
and Ball and Little and Large were funny - mind
you, I was brought up in South Yorkshire. Now I've grown up
and realised the error of my ways I realise how totally dire
both of those acts were. So, I was relieved to discover that
Victoria Wood's material is as funny today as it was in the
CD is compiled of some of the show's best sketches and Victoria's
stand-up spots. She also sings some of her classic song, including
the ballad of Barry and Frieda, Let's Do It Tonight, and brings
together the very finest episodes of Britain 's best-loved
soap, the consummate display of method acting which is Acorn
Antiques. This was based on TV productions like Crossroads
with low production values, wobbly sets, theatrical acting
and wildly improbable plots.
to this collection made me realise that the world really hasn't
moved on much since the '80s - there are plenty of digs at
authority that ring as true today as they did over 20 years
ago. Those that have ever had to tackle a dim-witted hotel
receptionist, with no cognitive abilities beyond the company
line, will instantly warm to the the "Mayflower Hotel
Nottingham" sketch. Then there's Wood's over chatty shop
assistant who insists on coughing over customers goods and
telling everyone about her ailments - anyone who's been to
Asda, since Wal-Mart took them over, will realise that this
sketch is obviously being used as a training video.
Routledge (Keeping up Appearances, Hetty Wainthropp
Investigates) makes guest appearances as Kitty, the self-righteous
spinster from Cheadle who offered her weekly monologues. Then
there's Susie Blake's dry TV continuity announcer who can't
help talking down to her viewers.
you remember this series fondly, or weren't even born when
it was originally broadcast, you'll get a serious kick out
of Wood's particular sense of humour.