I had intended something else for today’s musical treat but when I checked the BBC news site this morning I saw the sad news of the death of Victoria Wood. She was not well-known this side of the Atlantic but she was the undoubted Queen of British Comedy. Her Dinnerladies, Acorn Antiques and many sketch comedy shows are classics. And her partnership both as a writer, director, and performer with such wonderful performers as Julie Walters, Ceila Imrie, Patricia Routledge, and Duncan Preston gave us some of the great moments of British comedy.
As a goodbye tribute nothing could beat this display of her incredible talent, as song writer, comedian and performer. It became – probably much to her chagrin – her signature song: The Ballad of Barry and Freda (Let’s Do It!).
Wood described the song as ‘A joy to write, a sod to learn,’ and added: ‘I daren’t finish a show without it. She added: ‘The first time I performed it, a woman at the stage door asked, ‘How long have you been cross-eyed?’