dinnerladies is based on the second TV series, following the reluctant love story of Bren and Tony, originally played by Victoria Wood and Dunn. They are egged on by their work colleagues, Dolly, Jean, Twinkle and Anita, The show, which initially ran for two series from 1998 to 2000, was voted 9th in the all-time list of favourite sitcoms, a remarkable feat for a programme with only 16 episodes ever made.
Dunn, well-known for his role in Coronation Street as Roger Stiles plays Tony but Shobna Gulati who featured in the stage show last year as her TV creation Anita, has since returned to Coronation Street but fans of the cast of Wood's TV series will be delighted that Sue Devaney is back on board reprising her role as toast-loving Jane.
Born in Prestwich and educated at Bury Grammar Girls School, Victoria Wood CBE became an Honorary Patron of The Lowry in 2006 where the tour of the hugely successful Acorn Antiques: The Musical! began. dinnerladies first appeared on TV screens in 1998 for a single series of six episodes. Victoria remembers its creation, “About two years earlier I had this idea for a sitcom. I knew it was called dinnerladies and it would be set in the canteen of a factory and I knew it had a small ‘d’ but that was about it.” It became a huge success, ran for an extra series and the rest is history.
dinnerladies runs at the Palace Theatre, Manchester from 21st - 24th June.