Wood gets serious

First ITV drama for 25 years

Victoria Wood is to make her first drama for ITV for more than 25 years.

The comic will write and star in the two-hour film Housewife 49, about a woman whose miserable life is radically improved through her involvement in the women's volunteer service during the Second World War.

She is finishing off a final draft of the script, according to MediaGuardian, with shooting is expected to begin in the summer.

Securing Wood is a coup for ITV, as she has spent most of her career with the BBC. Her last major drama for ITV was a play called Nearly A Happy Ending, which aired in 1980.

Wood is believed to have got the idea for the new film when she came across a set of real-life diaries.


Published: 28 Mar 2006

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