Dinnerladies, 1998

Celebrating twenty years since it was first broadcast.  Victoria Wood’s popular BBC sitcom ‘dinnerladies’ ran for two series, totalling sixteen episodes between 1998 and 2000.

The cast included a host of names that had for have featured in well known TV soaps. Thelma Barlow, Andrew Dunn and Shobna Gulati all featured at some time in Coronation Street.  Whilst Duncan Preston  appeared briefly in Coronation Street and latterly in Emmerdale.

The series polled 28th in the BBC’s Britain’s Best Sitcom poll in 2004.  In 1998 it was also nominated for the British Academy Television Award for “Best Comedy (Programme or Series)” This was followed in 1999 with a nomination for the “Situation Comedy Award”

At the 1999 British Comedy awards the first series won the Rose d’Or Press Award and “Best New TV Comedy”. The second series won “Best TV Comedy” in 2000.

A play based on the series premiered in London in April 2009, before touring the country.

In 2018 to mark the twentieth anniversary UKTV channel GOLD commissioned a three part documentary The Dinnerladies Diaries.


Set entirely in the canteen of “HWD Components”, a fictional factory in Manchester. The characters were  the caterers and regular customers of the canteen.

The series followed the lives, social and romantic interactions of the staff, the stories genearally centred around the main character Brenda Furlong (Victoria Wood).  A second play called Dinnerladies: Second Helpings toured in 2011 with a new script.









Victoria Wood – Bren
Thelma Barlow – Dolly
Andrew Dunn – Tony
Shobna Gulati – Anita
Celia Imrie – Philippa
Maxine Peake – Twinkle
Duncan Preston – Stan
Anne Reid  – Jean


Channel: BBC1
Written and Created By: Victoria Wood
Original Transmission Dates: 12th November, 1998 – 27th January, 2000

Dinnerladies Diaries: Tonight 8pm GOLD

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