Victoria Wood with All The Trimmings was a one-off Christmas comedy sketch-show special, written by and starring Victoria Wood and was first broadcast on BBC1 on Christmas Day 2000.
Lasting 55 minutes, the show was described as “a great big Christmas pudding of a show, stuffed full of stars in plum roles. Wonderfully funny sketches, brilliant pastiches and tons of celebrities. It also featured co-stars such as Celia Imrie, Julie Walters, Anne Reid, Susie Blake and Maxine Peake.
The show format was a series of pastiches, closely edited to run without gaps, ranging from a big band show from the 1950s to a period from the Charles Dickens era. There was also a tale about an archetypal northern brass band (“The General Fettlers, Warp and Weft Adjusters’ Band”), a documentary about a wannabe star bingo-caller on a cruise liner and a portrayal of the Women’s Institutes in the guise of an American emergency hospital drama. The show ended with a musical finale extravaganza based around Ann Widdecombe.
The show was described by the BBC News online as “the centrepiece of BBC One’s Christmas Day schedules”. Wood responded to this accolade by saying “it’s a very strange feeling – but it’s got to be someone, hasn’t it?” The show was made straight after Wood had finished work on her sitcom dinnerladies. She said “I was worn out from doing dinnerladies and it took me a long time to recover. “It was great to do but it was very draining….the last 10 dinnerladies I did in a really, really short time and I was ill at one point. This Christmas special was much easier to write because it was in bits.”
Phil McIntyre Entertainments was proud to produce Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings.