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Victoria Wood begins filming the first series of As Seen On TV in unseen snaps

Victoria Wood is seen beaming as she films the first series of As Seen On TV in unseen 1985 snaps… ahead of BBC special looking back at the late comedian’s most iconic sketches

  • The late comedian features in 1980s snaps during production for her series As Seen On TV
  • The images will feature in the BBC documentary Victoria Wood: The Secret List, which begins on Christmas Day
  • The two-part series will focus on a list of 20 of her most beloved sketches, which were discovered in a notebook following her death
  • Victoria died in 2016 aged 62 after battling cancer of the oesophagus

Victoria Wood’s family have revealed unseen snaps of the late comic ahead of a BBC documentary focusing on her most iconic moments. 

The actress could be seen working on the first episodes of her TV series, which went onto include sketches such as The Ballad of Barry and Freda.

Victoria Wood: The Secret List will feature stars reflecting on the late comedian’s most loved sketches from her 45-year career, four years after she died following a battle with cancer.

Throwback: Victoria Wood’s family have revealed unseen snaps of the late comic ahead of a documentary focusing on her most iconic moments

In one snap Victoria could be seen chatting to producer Geoff Posner outside the BBC Studios as they began work on As Seen On TV.

A second image, also taken from the 1980s, showed the comic hard at work on the series at her desk.

The Secret List is set feature unseen insights into Victoria’s life including clips from her own personal archive.

Legendary: The actress could be seen working on the first episodes of her TV series, which went onto include sketches such as The Ballad of Barry and Freda

Legendary: The actress could be seen working on the first episodes of her TV series, which went onto include sketches such as The Ballad of Barry and Freda

Stars will also reflect on her vast collection of work that spanned four decades, with focus on a list of 20 sketches that were found in one of Victoria’s personal notebooks following her death. 

Highlights will include her first ever monologue and four episodes of Acorn Antiques that starred Victoria’s longtime collaborator Julia Walters and Celia Imrie. 

According to The Mirror, the documentary will reveal that Victoria struggled to write some of her sketches and would ‘do anything rather than sit down and work.’

Look-back: Victoria Wood: The Secret List will see stars reflecting on the late comedian's most loved sketches from her 45-year career (pictured in Dinnerladies)

Look-back: Victoria Wood: The Secret List will see stars reflecting on the late comedian’s most loved sketches from her 45-year career (pictured in Dinnerladies)

The documentary also reportedly claims the legendary Ballad of Barry And Freda was written in just one evening, with a certain lyric that referenced a women’s magazine added at the last moment.

Victoria started her career in 1974 by winning the talent show New Faces aged 20, before going on to become one of Britain’s most popular stand-up comics.

She died in April 2016 at the age of 62 after battling cancer of the oesophagus.

Several well-known figures paid tribute after her passing including Julie Walters, fellow comedian Ricky Gervais, author JK Rowling and former Prime Minister David Cameron.

Victoria Wood: The Secret List airs on Christmas Day at 9pm on BBC2.

RIP: Victoria died in April 2016 at the age of 62 after privately battling cancer of the oesophagus, with many stars paying tribute for her 45-year career

RIP: Victoria died in April 2016 at the age of 62 after privately battling cancer of the oesophagus, with many stars paying tribute for her 45-year career

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