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Victoria Wood RIP [Apr. 21st, 2016|10:56 am]
Tony Grist
I was watching odd bits and pieces on YouTube last night- including most of Acorn Antiques, after which I went and sat with my mother for a while and watched Channel 4 News and it was impossible to take any of it seriously. No one ever did a better job of exposing the absurdities of TV than Victoria Wood.

She was a brilliant writer; she relished words and enjoyed putting them in unlikely conjunctions;  no one ever did better bathos. She created lovely characters too. As a performer she was immensely generous- happy to shadow other actors- like Julie Walters and Celia Imrie- and give them the best lines. Dinnerladies is one of the great sitcoms.

I could go on. She was a terrific stand-up, a composer of deathless comic songs; latterly she'd begun to make her mark in straight roles.  Usually when we say we're going to miss a performer what we really mean is we liked something they did decades ago but with Wood it's literally true.  She was still a force. We were still wondering what she'd do next...
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2016-04-21 07:31 pm (UTC)
A real sad loss as much as one of my musical heroes today, Prince.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-04-21 08:08 pm (UTC)
And he was only 57...
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[User Picture]From: qatsi
2016-04-21 08:27 pm (UTC)
Quite so.

2016 seems to have been a terrible year for celebrity deaths so far, I am beginning to wonder who will be left by the end of the year. (Just doing a tally on my LJ userpics, I think the living outnumber the dead, but only just).
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-04-22 08:51 am (UTC)
And so the 20th century fades away into the mists of time...
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