Victoria Wood 1953-2016
Victoria Wood won more television BAFTAs than anyone in BAFTA history. She won awards for her stand up, her drama and her light entertainment programmes. As a stand-up she toured for more than twenty years, and held the record at the Royal Albert Hall for fifteen consecutive sold out shows.
In 2005 she wrote Acorn Antiques the Musical! which had a sell-out run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, starring Julie Walters and Celia Imrie. The tour which followed in 2006 was directed by Victoria. In the same year Victoria wrote a TV drama, “Housewife 49”, based on the Mass Observation diary of Nella Last, which won two BAFTAs and an International Emmy nomination for Wood as Best Actress. Her three-part documentary, “Victoria’s Empire” was shown the following year.
In 2011 she wrote and directed a musical “That Day We Sang” for the Manchester International Festival, which was about the famous 1929 recording of “Nymphs and Shepherds” by the Manchester Children’s Choir. Victoria played the part of Eric Morecambe’s mother in “Eric and Ernie” a BBC2 film about the early days of the double act, written by Pete Bowker from an idea by Victoria. She also wrote and directed a short film, “The Giddy Kipper” for the “Little Crackers” season on Sky One.
Also in 2011 Victoria was honoured with the Women in Film and Television lifetime achievement award for her contribution to the industry. She won the Outstanding Contribution to comedy at the Chortle Awards; she was the first woman to receive the top prize from the Writers’ Guild Awards when she was honoured for her outstanding contribution to writing. Also in 2011 at the Comedy Awards, she received the Best Female Television Comic Award for her performance in “The Angina Monologues”. Other acting credits included “The Borrowers” with Stephen Fry and “Case Histories” with Jason Isaacs.
Victoria’s drama, “Loving Miss Hatto” was shown on BBC1 over Christmas and she also filmed a two part documentary about the British love of tea shown on BBC1.
Victoria was awarded a CBE in 2008.