Screenplay (1979– )
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Julie, a young woman seeking an escape from the encroaching drudgery of domestic life, and Maureen, her frumpish friend, prepare for a talent show at a seedy club.


Baz Taylor


Victoria Wood


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Episode complete credited cast:
Julie Walters ... Julie
Victoria Wood ... Maureen
Bill Waddington Bill Waddington ... George
Nat Jackley Nat Jackley ... Arthur
Kevin Lloyd Kevin Lloyd ... Mel
Peter Ellis Peter Ellis ... Compere
Sue Glover Sue Glover ... Cathy Christmas
Andrew Dodge Andrew Dodge ... Accompanist


The setting is backstage at Bunter's, a seedy club in the north of England. It's dusty and cluttered, and the toilet has no lock on the door. To these unpromising surroundings comes Julie - hoping that this talent contest try-out will bring fame and an escape from the crushing mediocrity of her life - accompanied by her overweight, awkward friend. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

5 August 1979 (UK) See more »

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England, UK

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Granada Productions See more »
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Featured in The South Bank Show: Victoria Wood (2007) See more »

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Before Acorn Antiques: The Musical, there was Talent
21 April 2017 | by nekosenseiSee all my reviews

I've seen many references to this first dramatic work by Victoria Wood, but I've never seen it described as a musical, which it certainly is. Maybe in British theater there isn't such a distinction between musical theater and non-singing drama, but there is here in the U.S., and I'm VERY impressed that she created this exquisitely crafted piece in a very difficult genre right out of the gate. Along with Wood-style mood songs expressing her main characters' inner thoughts, there's a pitch-perfect 1930s style musical hall pastiche (a foreshadowing of the portfolio of dead-on musical theater parodies Wood would unveil decades later in AATM) which also expresses the overarching theme of the piece: the friendship between the two principal characters that sees them through their hellish venture into small time show business.

The reason why this wonderful piece is unknown in the U.S. is obvious during the first few minutes, when Wood and Walters engage in rapid banter in authentic Lancashire accents. They might as well have been speaking German for all I could make out of it. Unfortunately my DVD version doesn't have closed captioning so unless I run across a copy of the script I'll be missing all that delicious Victorian dialogue.

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