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Victoria Wood

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Victoria Wood

The Comedy Room

This episode sees Andy and Verso discussing the work of Victoria Wood from 1981's Wood and Walters through to an all star cast including Maxine Peake and Celia Imrie in Dinnerladies.  Their journey through time will also see them stopping off at Acorn Antiques, just don't order two soups lads!They also jump into their sitcom time machine to be transported back to 1991, to watch Chris Barrie in The Brittas Empire, Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson in Bottom and Dawn French lead an immense cast of guest stars in Murder Most Horrid.


30 Oct 2021

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Mini-Episode 3: News in Books & Book Review w. Victoria Wood (Assembly by Natasha Brown)

Got Books? Conversations with Booksellers & Bookmakers

To get in touch (and maybe do a book review on a future episode), drop me a voice message at Anchor.fm/GotBooks or on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook - search for GotBooksPodcast Welcome back to Got Books! On today's episode we'll first look at news from the book world and then go to our book review, with a new guest. We'll talk about famous bookshops from around the world, the impact the Taliban's takeover has on the Future of Kabul Booksellers, the Booker Prize and a couple of much awaited book releases. So let's get to it! First I'd like to tell you about an article that came out this week in Financial Times, in which journalists nominate awe-inspiring places to get your literary fix, from Mumbai to Buenos Aires. On Got Books, we love bookshops, it is the main reason we started this podcast, to promote and celebrate independent bookshops from all over the world, and we've been so fortunate to have and share with you lots of conversations with booksellers. So let's check this list put together by FT.. to which I would add every single brilliant bookshop we had the pleasure to visit on Got Books.  https://www.ft.com/content/42bb3a0f-ba18-4dc7-ae8a-570fd989cbfc While these and many other bookshops are thriving, sadly booksellers in the Afghan capital Kabul are having a difficult time. As I am sure you know, the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban movement has seized the city in August and declared Afghanistan an Islamic Emirate. This has consequences at all levels of society, affecting booksellers as well.  https://www.news18.com/news/world/considered-profane-talibans-takeover-threatens-future-of-kabul-booksellers-4373774.html In other news, the 2021 Booker Prize ceremony will be broadcast from the BBC’s Radio Theatre on Wednesday 3 November. The prizes celebrate outstanding fiction, whether originally written in English or translated into English, bringing recognition and many new readers to gifted authors from around the globe. So let's have a look at who is on the the 2021 shortlist, I'd love to know if you're rooting for any one of these: https://thebookerprizes.com/ And finally, before we get to today's book review, a quick note on 2 new releases that I'm sure many readers were waiting for. Amor Towles is going from Russia to... Nebraska. Fun fact, Towles worked in investing for more than 20 years before pivoting to full-time writing, and he became known in 2016 after publishing A Gentleman in Moscow. His new novel, The Lincoln Highway, is quite different. "My new novel, The Lincoln Highway, is about three 18-year-old boys and an 8-year-old boy on a journey from Nebraska to New York City in 1954 — the whole story lasting just 10 days." One more book for my to read pile. And because I have a bit more time than usual as I've just started my maternity leave, I'll add one more new book to my list - The Island of Missing Trees. By Elif Shafak. This one came out a couple of months ago already, and according to the review in the Guardian - "it charts the moving story of Kostas and Defne Kazantzakis, young lovers in a painfully divided postcolonial Cyprus – one Greek and Christian, the other Turkish and Muslim – and the emotional price they continue to pay after moving to England." If you've read it already, let me know what you thought. And now, let's go to today's book review, with Victoria Wood @bibliolifestyle--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gotbooks/message


28 Oct 2021

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I chat to Victoria Wood about Pretty Powerful by Eboni K Williams Part 1

The realityreadingrainbow

I chat with Victoria from Bibliolifestyle ( Instagram , blog and website ) about the book Pretty Powerful by Eboni K Williams and this is an amazing read ! Listen to find out why . This is Part 1 of three ! Enjoy ! facebook @therealityreadingrainbow patreon @ the reality reading rainbow insta @ kurkendaal theme song donated by purple-planet

1hr 19mins

3 Aug 2021

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Let's Do It: The Authorised Biography of Victoria Wood by Jasper Rees

Orion Books

Trapeze audiobooks presents an extraordinary multi-voice tribute to one of Britain's most talented and most loved entertainers: Victoria Wood.This audiobook features narration from some of the extraordinary voices who worked with Victoria over her career:Susie BlakeRichenda CareyCelia ImrieDuncan PrestonAnne ReidDaniel RigbyKate RobbinsDavid ThrelfallJulie WaltersJane WymarkWith an introduction read by Jasper Rees and two recordings of Victoria Wood's classic Ballad of Barry and Freda.'I was born with a warped sense of humour and when I was carried home from being born it was Coronation Day and so I was called Victoria but you are not supposed to know who wrote this anyway it is about time I unleashed my pent-up emotions in a bitter comment on the state of our society but it's not quite me so I think I shall write a heart-warming story with laughter behind the tears and tears behind the laughter which means hysterics to you Philistines...'From 'Pardon?' by Vicky Wood, Aged 14. Bury Grammar School (Girls) Magazine, 1967In her passport Victoria Wood listed her occupation as 'entertainer' - and in stand-up and sketches, songs and sitcom, musicals and dramas, she became the greatest entertainer of the age. Those things that might have held her back - her lonely childhood, her crippling shyness and above all the disadvantage of being a woman in a male-run industry - she turned to her advantage to make extraordinary comedy about ordinary people living ordinary lives in ordinary bodies. She wasn't fond of the term, but Victoria Wood truly was a national treasure - and her loss is still keenly felt.Victoria had plenty of stories still to tell when she died in 2016, and one of those was her own autobiography.'I will do it one day,' she told the author and journalist Jasper Rees. 'It would be about my childhood, about my first few years in showbusiness, which were really interesting and would make a really nice story.'That sadly never came to pass, so Victoria's estate has asked Jasper Rees, who interviewed her more than anyone else, to tell her extraordinary story in full. He has been granted complete and exclusive access to Victoria's rich archive of personal and professional material, and has conducted over 200 interviews with her family, friends and colleagues - among them Victoria's children, her sisters, her ex-husband Geoffrey Durham, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Dawn French, Anne Reid, Imelda Staunton and many more.What emerges is a portrait of a true pioneer who spoke to her audience like no one before or since.


8 Jul 2021

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Creativity in and out of the church - Victoria Wood

Moore Than Mondays

In this week's episode we talk to Victoria Wood. Make sure that you check her out on instagram. She shares from her perspective what it means to be a Christian using your creativity in and out of the church.Don't forget to give or share the link to help build an orphanage in India for 12 children!Grace HouseFollow Moore than Mondays and Cooper on instagram:@moorethanmondays@coopersmoore


28 Jun 2021

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Ep 10: Hidden - Syria to Soho / Victoria Wood

Not Even Music

BBC Award-winning vocalist, actor and broadcaster presents his funny and often moving highly-personal stories from an excessively colourful life. Each episode contains a current diary musing, a portrait of icons present and past, and an excerpt from his forthcoming memoir. "A master of quietly fearless intimacy"  The Guardian 'My Brother' - Ian Shaw, The Theory Of Joy, Jazz Village / Harmonia Mundi


22 Apr 2021

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Episode 153 - The Real Victoria Wood

Sitcom Geeks

Part one of our revealing interview with Jasper Rees, author of the brilliant Let's Do It Victoria Wood biography. 'Everyone thought they knew her but they were wrong, it was she who knew them.' The story of dinnerladies, and Victoria's advice to aspiring sitcom writers.


19 Nov 2020

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Singing nuns, Long Covid, US presidential elections, Victoria Wood, Women and homelessness, Sister Bliss.

Woman's Hour

The Poor Clares of Arundel are a community of nuns. They've just released an album'Light for the World' described as 'traditional plainchant with added beats'. We hear from Sisters Leo & Sisters Aelread.What impact is Long Covid having on women’s lives, and where are we with treatment and support?How will the female vote impact the USA presidential elections? Melissa Milewski, a lecturer in American History at the University of Sussex and Dr Michell Chresfield Lecturer in United States History, at the University of Birmingham discuss. The number of women sleeping rough and living in temporary accommodation has risen. Katya Adler hears from Dame Louise Casey who, as “Homelesssness Tsar”, championed the “Everyone In” policy which got rough sleepers off the street and into temporary accommodation during the height of the pandemic and Petra Salva, the head of the Rough Sleepers Unit at the charity St. Mungos.Sister Bliss is a DJ, songwriter and electronic artist. She is perhaps best-known as a member of the British electronic band Faithless.Victoria Wood, the Lancashire born comedian, writer, actor, stand up and singer died in 2016 having never written her own story. With access to letters, and interviews with friends and family Jasper Rees has written ‘Let’s Do it’ – The Authorized Biography of Victoria Wood.Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Dianne McGregor


24 Oct 2020

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Victoria Wood, Frozen eggs, How to raise a kind child

Woman's Hour

Victoria Wood, the Lancashire born comedian, writer, actor, stand up and singer found fame with shows such as Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV, Wood & Walters and Dinner Ladies. She died in 2016 having never written her own story. With access to letters, and interviews with friends and family Jasper Rees has written ‘Let’s Do it’ – The Authorized Biography of Victoria Wood. Mairead Campbell works at BBC Radio 1 and turned 30 last year. She made a documentary for BBC Radio Ulster about the fact that friends and family suddenly started asking when she’s going to settle down and how that made her feel. Recently fertility clinics across the UK claimed they have seen a surge in inquiries about egg freezing. Professor of Reproductive Biology, Mary Herbert, joins Jane to discuss what may have prompted that rise. How do you raise a kind and empathetic child with a social conscience? We speak to Uju Asika, author of Bringing Up Race: How to Raise a Kind Child in a Prejudiced World; and Miranda McKearney, founder of the Empathy Lab, a not-for-profit dedicated to teaching children empathy through fiction.Presenter: Jane GarveyProducer: Lucinda Montefiore


19 Oct 2020

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Victoria Wood

Great Lives

Victoria Wood grew up in a bungalow high up on the moors in Lancashire. The rooms were partitioned off with plywood, and she loved to play the piano on her own. She became the biggest comedy star in the UK, writing, directing, acting, and winning BAFTAS for being funny, and being serious too. Nominating the star of Wood and Walters, Dinnerladies and Housewife, 49 is Daniel Rigby. He won a BAFTA playing Eric Morecambe in 2011, and Victoria Wood played his mum. She also became his landlady. Joining the often joyful discussion is Jasper Rees - author of the upcoming authorised biography of Victoria Wood.The presenter is Matthew Parris, the producer in Bristol Miles Warde


5 May 2020