Acorn Antiques, Dinnerladies, ditties at the piano and a humble attitude towards the trappings of fame. The nation are in mourning for the incomparable Victoria Wood who passed away following a short battle Cancer at the age of 62.
Wood was a uniquely talented lady who could write music and script, sing, act and was a quick-witted, observational stand-up comic. She has left so many legacies behind that it’s hard to know where to begin. Dinnerladies is an obvious choice, cleverly written, incredibly well cast and left me wanting more when it ended. Acorn Antiques which started life as a sketch on Victoria Wood: As Seen On TV brought us fantastic characters such as Mrs Overall (Julie Walters) and Miss Babs (Celia Imrie), all from the imagination of Ms Wood. The comedy sketch went on to become a musical in the West End and at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, with most of the original cast taking part.
There was a time when one rarely saw Wood without Walters, so I’m sure that Julie will be among the many who are feeling numb by today’s breaking news. Aside from penning and singing numbers such as Let’s Do It, At The Chippy and Keep On Shopping, to name a few, Victoria Wood was a remarkable actress. It was all the clearer when she appeared as Eric Morecambe’s mother in Eric and Ernie and Housewife, 49. Unforgettable roles that she brought to life in the only way that she could, and tremendously successfully, too.
My heart goes out to her daughter and son, Grace and Henry, their mum fought a brave battle privately and she will be much missed by more people than they know.
All photo credits: BBC