Photo: Victoria Wood And Julie Walters during a photo shoot for Acorn Antiques, the musical 2005.

Victoria Wood was once coaxed, by Michael Parkinson on his chat show in 2001, to explain why she liked writing for Julie Walters.

‘It’s
mystical,’ she said. ‘Technically, she’s so superb, you can write
anything for her. It’s like a concert pianist — you don’t give her
Chopsticks, you give her something really difficult.

‘She
doesn’t mind being unlikable. Most comedians like to play favourable
parts, but she’s not bothered about that. She’ll black her teeth up and
look old. She doesn’t care.’

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