About the Series
Genre: British Sitcom
First Transmission: 1998-2000
dinnerladies is a British television sitcom created, written and co-produced by Victoria Wood.
The series is set in the canteen of HWD Components, a fictional factory in Manchester.
The show depicts the lives and social and romantic interactions of the staff and is all centred around the main character Brenda Furlong.
It came 28th in the BBC’s Britain’s Best Sitcom poll in 2004.
Victoria Wood: Brenda Furlong
Andrew Dunn: Tony Martin
Thelma Barlow: Dolly Bellfield
Maxine Peake: Twinkle
Anne Reid: Jean
Shobna Gulati: Anita
Duncan Preston: Stan Meadowcroft
Celia Imrie: Phillipa Moorcroft
Julie Walters: Petula Gordeno
Best Episode [ S2 Ep10 ]
Toast – Bren leaves the canteen for the Totally Trivial studios (after being given various drugs to help her relax) and plans to stop at the hospital to visit her mother on the way. The remaining staff tunes in to watch Bren, but she does not appear on the show. Bren arrives with a large rubbish bag and a videocassette and tells them that Petula died while she was visiting. They watch her video will in which Petula reveals that there is money in the bag. Dolly is horrified as she has thrown it away, and Stan says the skip lorry will have already taken it. Philippa reveals …
27 January 2000
Worst Episode [ S2 Ep3 ]
Holidays – Everyone’s very excited about their holidays – Bren and Tony are going to Marbella and Dolly’s going on a luxury cruise. Petula’s caravan blows up, prompting her to ask Bren for her holiday money to fix it. Although her workmates tell her she should keep the money and tell selfish Petula to find it elsewhere, Stan’s poem reflecting on his father’s death prompts Bren to give it to her. Meanwhile, Dolly and Anita discuss breast implants and biryanis.
9 December 1999
Full Episode Guide
Blue episodes rated above par.
Brown episodes rated below par.
Monday (1998) –
The new Human Resources lady, Philippa, starts work at the factory.
Royals (1998) –
The Duke of Danby, visits the factory with his wife.
Scandal (1998) –
A scandal erupts when Bren’s flatulent mother, Petula, moves into the car park with her 16-year-old fiancé, Clint.
Moods (1998) –
Everybody is in a funny old mood at the canteen.
Party (1998) –
A merger with a Japanese company means that the factory’s Christmas Party has an Oriental theme to it.
Nightshift (1998) –
A new order means that the dinnerladies have to work a 24-hour shift.
Catering (1999) –
Glenda gets stuck behind a fifteen-foot ladder with a weak bladder.
Trouble (1999) –
There’s trouble when Jean’s husband leaves her for a Welsh dental hygienist.
Holidays (1999) –
Everyone’s very excited about their holidays.
Fog (1999) –
A convicted murderer escapes from prison due to the November fog.
Gamble (1999) –
Tony and Bren’s developing relationship becomes the subject of a bet.
Christmas (1999) –
Bren begins to doubt her relationship with Tony, and his secretive actions eventually make her decide to dump him.
Minnellium (1999) –
It’s the company’s millennium meal.
Christine (2000) –
The new girl is very unpopular with the staff.
Gravy (2000) –
The staff starts to move on in with their lives.
Toast (2000) –
Bren visits her mother, Petula, in the hospital. Petula dies and Bren receives her mother’s video will.