BBC One announces Victoria Wood tribute series

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A new series celebrating the late comedian, writer and actor Victoria Wood will air on BBC One next month.

Our Friend Victoria will feature highlights from Wood’s archive and “some re-discovered treats” being introduced and celebrated by her friends, peers and co-stars.

The six 30-minute episodes will be presented by Julie Walters (Victoria Wood: As Seen On TV), Michael Ball (That Day We Sang), Maxine Peake (Dinnerladies) and Daniel Rigby (Eric And Ernie), amongst others.

Contributors will include Jim Broadbent, Conleth Hill, Anne Reid, Thelma Barlow, Celia Imrie, Ted Robbins, David Threlfall, Shobna Gulati and Aisling Bea.

Shane Allen, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning commented: “British comedy lost its most prolific and multi-talented star last year. 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.”

The series marks the one-year anniversary of Victoria Wood’s death.

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