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TV: Our Friend Victoria, Episode Five, BBC1

We keep hearing that there is going to be a League of Gentlemen reunion at some point and there is one - of sorts - in the penultimate instalment of this six-art tribute to Victoria Wood. Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and Mark Gatiss gather together in a TV studio to celebrate the genius of the creator of Acorn Antiques, who they first met at the Montreux TV Festival and felt as if they had known her for years because they knew her comedy so well. 


TV: Our Friend Victoria, BBC1

Let’s make one thing crystal clear. The death of Victoria Wood last year was a tragedy. Not just for her family but for comedy. She was only 62 years old and was still at her creative peak. The only consolation was that she left behind an enormous body of phenomenal work. And it’s that body of work that dominates this six-part series paying homage to a bona fide comedy legend. 


News: BBC Tribute To Victoria Wood

Update: The series will start on April 11 at 9.30pm.
BBC One is to broadcast a series dedicated to much loved comedian, writer and actor Victoria Wood.

Our Friend Victoria is a six-part series in which Wood's archive is introduced and celebrated by her friends, peers and co-stars. 


News: Vote For Your All-Time Favourite Northern Comedian

An online poll has opened to find the favourite northern comic of all time.

Among the contenders are Victoria Wood, Peter Kay, Les Dawson, Ken Dodd and George Formby, but you can vote for anyone who is eligible here.

News: Tributes Flood In For Victoria Wood

I hesitated before posting the news of Victoria Wood's death in case it was a hoax. She seemed so young and so active and I'd heard nothing about her being ill. The first reaction was disbelief. The second was grief.

Not surprisingly tributes have been flooding in on social media. Ricky Gervais tweeted: "RIP the brilliant Victoria Wood. So innovative, funny and down to earth. This has not been a good year."


Breaking News: Victoria Wood Dies Aged 62

The BBC has reported that Victoria Wood has died. 

She had been suffering from cancer and was 62.

Wood was a comedy pioneer both on the screen and onstage. After finding fame initially on TV talent show New Faces she made her name with numerous TV series, most notably with her regular partner Julie Walters. Her spoofs on As Seen On TV are as funny now as they ever were.


Opinion: Stand-Ups Can Also Stand Out in Documentaries

Television seems to be going through one of its phases where it gives comedians interesting jobs rather than just going "ooh look, how about a nice panel game/quiz show to be charismatically spontaneous on?" Last week Victoria Wood was poured all over our screens talking about tea. For the next two Sundays Bill Bailey is going to be in the jungle.

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