Victoria Wood’s secret favourite sketches to be made into BBC series

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The selection of about 20 best moments is to be turned into a two-part BBC special in honour of her memory. The much-loved entertainer wrote the list in a notebook before losing her battle with cancer in 2016, aged 62. Now her long-time friend and manager Phil McIntyre will turn it into a countdown of favourite moments from her many critically acclaimed TV shows.

The specials – with the working title Victoria Wood’s Secret List – will be broadcast at the end of this year and feature contributions from famous collaborators, such as Dame Julie Walters and Celia Imrie.

Classic Series producer Lindsay Jex said: “Victoria planned to make a whacking great compilation of her work but sadly, never got around to it.

“The list of sketches discovered after she died are all classic Victoria Wood comedy gold, and with previously unseen footage, photos and scripts from her archive, these two unique shows will be a huge treat for fans.”

BBC entertainment chief Jo Wallace said she jumped at the chance to commission the shows, she added: “Victoria Wood was without question one of the most brilliantly talented and fantastically funny comedians of our generation.

“It is an absolute honour to be able to share with viewers her personally selected favourite moments and lots more besides in this very special trip down memory lane.”

After debuting on New Faces in 1974, Victoria’s career took off. In 1986 she landed her own TV series, Victoria Wood: As Seen On TV. This was followed by An Audience With Victoria Wood, Live In Your Own Home, With All The Trimmings and 1998 sitcom Dinnerladies.

A lonely child, Victoria blossomed as a teenager after her father bought her a piano and she joined the Rochdale Youth Theatre Workshop where she was able to hone her comedic skills.

Her cancer diagnosis came in 2015 and she died at home in Highgate, north London, six months later, with her ex-husband Geoffrey Durham and two children Grace, now 31, and Henry, 27, by her side.

After her death, pal McIntyre said: “She was always modest, generous and undemanding. A super person and a super and unique talent, there will be an unfillable void left on all levels and we will miss her deeply.”

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