Victoria Wood with all the Trimmings

This 1 hour Christmas special which was transmitted on BBC1 on Christmas Day 2000, was one of the most enjoyable shoots I have ever been involved in. The cast list is simply stunning and is a who's who of British performers. ( Well those who were available in November 2000.)

Alan Rickman, Julie Walters, Pete Postlethwaite, Celia Imrie, James Bolam, Delia Smith, Richard E. Grant, Derek Jacobi, Bill Patterson, Geraldine McEwan, Billie Piper, Duncan Preston, Michael Parkinson, Robert Lindsay, Hugh Laurie, Hanna Gordon, Lindsay Duncan, Bob Monkhouse, Imelda Staunton, Angela Rippon, Alan Tichmarsh, Roger Cook, Betty Boothroyd and Roger Moore.

Photographically I was very pleased with the sequence where we recreated the Station Cafe from Brief Encounter.
John Birkin, the director with whom I had worked on commercials before and since, agreed with me to shoot on Black and White filmstock as opposed to the more usual way of using colour film and desaturating the neg in telecine. The resulting effect, in no small part due to the meticulous attention to detail of the Costume and Art departments bears an uncanny likeness to the original film.

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