Grimly Funny Up North

Reading & Writing, The Arts

‘Don’t tell me you don’t want something doing about those round shoulders,’ the lady from the dieting club tells Julie Walters, ‘I’d love to get you on the floor with a broom handle some Tuesday evening.’ Victoria Wood wrote three TV screenplays (remember plays on television, before the marketeers and advertisers pushed them off our screens?) There should have been a fourth, ‘Good Fun’, about an an event being staged for the Cystitis Sufferers’ dinner & dance, but TV plays had vanished by then.

But at least we have a new DVD with all three plays on it, released without any fanfare and in shops now. The first two plays, ‘Talent’ and ‘Nearly A Happy Ending’ are linked, and feature two gruesome nights out in the North of England (with songs, of course). The third is a slight tale of the birth and death of a relationship. They’ve aged in an ‘Abigail’s Party’ kind of way, so that you watch them going ‘My God, look at that wallpaper,’ and they don’t make the tail-end of the 70s look very attractive at all, but it’s great to have them back. There’s also a DVD of the whole ‘Wood & Walters’ series out.

The photo shows ‘Talent’ restaged at the Menier Chocolate Factory last year.

2 comments on “Grimly Funny Up North”

  1. RobertR says:

    Thanks for the heads up gone & ordered it now – means I can finally consign the videos I made when they were first broadcast!

  2. Drew says:

    Ah, the Menier; a perfect theatre with an amazing range of productions. The restaurant does the best chunky chips in south London.

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