Obituary: A sunny afternoon Tuesday here in Yorkshire meant all this 64-year-old wanted to do was laze about in the garden with a book. That meant as the air chilled and the sun took its downward path all that there was to do was mooch back into the house and on with the internet.
Reading on Facebook that Victoria Wood has died aged 62 and my brother commenting "This is such sad news.’Housewife, 49' was a brilliantly observed film (her script and acting). Her comedy could be gentle but thought-provoking and, more often than not, just downright funny" I felt incredibly sad; it is almost like losing a friend.
Lancashire lass Victoria Wood shot to fame as part of that generation of new comedians in the UK during the 1980s.
Sadly we have already lost comedians from that era namely Rik Mayall and Mel Smith.
Their comedy was less joke telling and more observations of life that were sometimes just too close for comfort.
Often teamed up with Julie Walters, Wood took on many roles.
These included the excellent and hilarious Acorn Antiques a spoof of long running British soap Crossroads.
Acorn Antiques may have a slightly different setting to Crossroads but the similarities are easy to spot mainly in the purposely bad acting of Acorn Antiques.
It formed part of a sketch show but many viewers simply tuned in for Acorn Antiques.
Wood performed stand-up comedy, toured, composed and sang many funny songs. She took on serious roles along the way such as Housewife 49 which highlighted that snobbery was alive and well during WWII in the UK.
She will be most recently remembered for writing and starring in BBC sit com Dinner Ladies.
It seemed fitting to start this brief obituary with one of Wood's most popular and funny renditions.
The Guardian reports her publicist, Neil Reading, said: “Victoria Wood has sadly passed away, after a short but brave battle with cancer.” The multi Bafta award-winning writer, director, actor and comedian died peacefully at her north London home with family this morning. She was 62. The family ask for privacy at this very sad time.”
"Wood married the magician Geoffrey Durham in March 1980 and the pair had two children, before separating in 2002. She was made an OBE in 1997 and a CBE in 2008. David Cameron called Wood a “national treasure” – a title Wood had sought to dismiss last year."
Victoria Wood has left us all a wealth of laughter but we will sorely miss her.