Victoria Wood's Mid Life Christmas

Victoria Wood's Mid Life Christmas is a comedy sketch show written by and starring comedian Victoria Wood, broadcast on Christmas Eve 2009.

Victoria Wood's Mid Life Christmas
Created byVictoria Wood
StarringVictoria Wood
Julie Walters
Anton du Beke
Delia Smith
Jayne Torvill
Christopher Dean
Reece Shearsmith
Emily Atack
Steve Elias
Jennie Dale
Tony Maudsley
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Producer(s)John Rushton
Victoria Wood (executive producer)
Running time60 minutes
Original networkBBC One
Picture format16:9
Original release24 December 2009
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The programme, Wood's first sketch show for nine years, was described by Wood as being "a whole night's telly crammed into one hour".[1] The special featured a spoof documentary titled Beyond The Marigolds,[2] in which Wood's long-time collaborator Julie Walters reprised her role as "Bo Beaumont", the actress behind Acorn Antiques character "Mrs. Overall". Beyond The Marigolds saw Beaumont's foray into the world of celebrity programming such as I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, Dancing on Ice and Strictly Come Dancing. The sketch included special guest appearances from Delia Smith, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, and Anton du Beke.

Also featured in Mid Life Christmas was The Mid Life Olympics 2009, a series of sketches that include events such as the "4 by 400 Hedge Trimming" and "Ladies Outdoor Parking", featuring Wood as the commentator.[3]

The programme achieved a total viewing audience of 7.45 million viewers and was the 12th highest rated show on BBC One and the 17th highest rated across all channels for the week ending 27 December 2009.[4]

Contemporary and later press reports suggested that Wood was unhappy with the BBC's handling of the production and the decision to schedule it for Christmas Eve rather than on Christmas Day as she had expected.[5]



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