BBC planning six-part series dedicated late Victoria Wood

BBC planning six-part series dedicated late Victoria Wood The new series, Our Friend Victoria, will be ‘dedicated to the body of work from the much loved and highly revered comedian, writer and actor’ and will see Julie Walters (Victoria Wood: As Seen On TV), Michael Ball (That Day We Sang), and Maxine Peake (Dinnerladies) each present one episode of the series.

Other names including Jim Broadbent, Conleth Hill, Anne Reid, Thelma Barlow, Celia Imrie, Ted Robbins, David Threlfall, Shobna Gulati and Aisling Bea will also be part of the show. Shane Allen, controller of the BBC Comedy Commissioning said: ‘Victoria was unparalleled in what she achieved as a creator, writer, character actress, sketch and sitcom performer, director, singer, songwriter and stand-up – she did the lot with a unique humour and a broad appeal common touch.

‘Close colleagues from across her career guide us on a celebration of Victoria’s finest work so we can revel in her brilliance once more as her work and influence will live on for a long time to come.’ Victoria died at the age of 62 on April 20 2016 after a short battle with cancer.

Her publicist, Neil Reading, said: ‘Victoria Wood has sadly passed away, after a short but brave battle with cancer. The multi BAFTA award-winning writer, director, actor and comedian died peacefully at her north London home with family this morning.’ The six 30 minute episodes will air in April to coincide with the anniversary of her passing.

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