Review: ‘Victoria Wood: Wood Work, A Celebration’


In looking back at 2016, there appears to have been a great deal of celebrity deaths from the world of entertainment. David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Terry Wogan, Ronnie Corbett, Prince, Caroline Aherne and Gene Wilder and amongst those who have passed this year.

In April 2016, a giant of British comedy passed away at the age of 62; Victoria Wood. It cannot be denied that Wood was multi-talented, and throughout her 40-year career, she composed & performed music, wrote sketches & sitcoms, and performed in dramatic roles as well as stand-up routines. Her work often centred on the observational, bringing a humorous insight into daily life and routines.

Her passing reminds us just how influential her work was on the British comedy scene, and her influence on future female comics in particular, such as French and Saunders. Wood was nominated for 14 BAFTAs over her long career, winning four and being presented with the BAFTA Special Award in 2005, for her work in television over the decades.

Wood Work, A Celebration brings together a great collection of work from Victoria Wood, showcasing her legacy as a writer and a performer. Included in this collection are three television plays written by Wood. The 1982 comedy sketch series Wood and Walters. Her 1988 stand-up show An Audience With Victoria Wood. The television drama Housewife, 49, based on the true story of Nella Last during WW2, whom Wood portrays. A bonus disk includes a one-off television special, Julie Walters and Friends, co-written and co-starring Victoria Wood.

Running at around 9.5 hours and across five disks, Wood Work, A Celebration is a showcase of the many talents of Victoria Wood, and her ability to make you laugh or cry with her writing and performance. We also see a great deal from her frequent collaborator, Julie Walters, who is equally as entertaining to watch on screen. This collection is a must-have for fans of Victoria Wood, or those seeking out the highlights of her brilliant comedy career.

Wood Work, A Celebration is available to buy now from Network.

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About writingsuzanne

History graduate. Freelance writer and reviewer. Passionate about film, theatre and music (film soundtracks!).
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2 Responses to Review: ‘Victoria Wood: Wood Work, A Celebration’

  1. alexraphael says:

    Such a talent. So sorely missed. She really connected with people.


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