Our Friend Victoria: BBC honours Comedian

BBC One has announced it will broadcast a series, Our Friend Victoria, dedicated to the much loved comedian, writer and actor Victoria Wood, who died last year aged just 62.

The six part series will show Victoria Wood’s archive, introduced and celebrated by her friends, peers and co-stars. Julie Walters, Michael Ball, Maxine Peake, Daniel Rigby will all take part and more stars are to be announced to each present an episode of the series dedicated to the comedian.

Performers Jim Broadbent, Conleth Hill, Anne Reid, Thelma Barlow, Celia Imrie, Ted Robbins, David Threlfall, Shobna Gulati and Aisling Bea will share their memories of Victoria and what they loved about her work.

Shane Allen, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning said: “British comedy lost its most prolific and multi-talented star last year. Victoria was unparalleled in what she achieved as a creator, writer, character actress, sketch and sitcom performer, director, singer, songwriter and stand-up – she did the lot with a unique humour and a broad appeal common touch. Close colleagues from across her career guide us on a celebration of Victoria’s finest work so we can revel in her brilliance once more as her work and influence will live on for a long time to come.”

Our Friend Victoria will air next month on BBC One to mark the first anniversary of Victoria Wood’s death.