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* NextSundayAD: Almost a literal example. Each episode of S2 is set on a specific date, and the last four are set from one to thirty days into the future relative to the broadcast date.


The plot follows Brenda "Bren" Furlong (Wood) in an otherwise ordinary canteen job, flanked by four colleagues, the older [[VitriolicBestBuds best friends]] Dolly and Jean- one uptight and prudish, the other... ''less'' so, as well as the younger Twinkle (brassy, loud, ladetteish) and Anita (quiet, ditzy), all presided over by their boss, Tony, and supported by a cast of peripheral factory workers- HR manager Philippa, planning manager Jane and caretaker Stan. Oh, and Bren's {{Cloudcuckoolander}} mum, Petula.

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The plot follows Brenda "Bren" Furlong (Wood) in an otherwise ordinary canteen job, flanked by four colleagues, the older [[VitriolicBestBuds best friends]] Dolly and Jean- Jean - one uptight and prudish, the other... ''less'' so, as well as the younger Twinkle (brassy, loud, ladetteish) and Anita (quiet, ditzy), all presided over by their boss, Tony, and supported by a cast of peripheral factory workers- workers - HR manager Philippa, planning manager Jane and caretaker Stan. Oh, and Bren's {{Cloudcuckoolander}} mum, Petula.



* BuffySpeak: "You know, he's that thing, sort of a bouncy word. Not unicorn {{beat}} Impotent, that's it."
** That's also a stealth pun. A unicorn's got a big horn, so not unicorn means...



*** "What's that word? Not unicorn, ''({{beat}})'' dilemma!" - The link here is a horn.

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*** "What's that word? Not unicorn, unicorns, ''({{beat}})'' dilemma!" disenchanted!" - The link here is a horn.enchanted.



* ClusterFBomb: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PwTG_pab40 "Never mind your bloody coffee- get in the bloody bloody BLOODY FRIGGING CAR!"]]

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* ClusterFBomb: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PwTG_pab40 "Never mind your bloody coffee- coffee - get in the bloody bloody BLOODY FRIGGING CAR!"]]



* FreudianSlip: When visiting royals ask Anita about her views on wearing a uniform.

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* FreudianSlip: When visiting royals ask Anita about her views on wearing a uniform. "It protects your nipples."



* MistakenForPregnant: Bren, after a fainting spell brought on by the mention of needles when the blood donor van comes to visit. The punchline to this is itself a NoodleIncident - "We thought you were pregnant" "Not unless sperm can get through a sash window"
* NoodleImplements: Among Petula's possessions, revealed when she's rummaging in her handbag are a blanket and a large funnel sporting extremely suspect brown stains, which alongside her chronic flatulence hint strongly at an undisclosed and unexplored bowel complaint

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* MistakenForPregnant: Bren, after a fainting spell brought on by the mention of needles when the blood donor van comes to visit. The punchline to this is itself a NoodleIncident - "We thought you were pregnant" pregnant." "Not unless sperm can get through a sash window"
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* NoodleImplements: Among Petula's possessions, revealed when she's rummaging in her handbag are a blanket and a large funnel sporting extremely suspect brown stains, which alongside her chronic flatulence hint strongly at an undisclosed and unexplored bowel complaintcomplaint.



** Bread man Norman's endless list of things that he cannot do because he is 'agoraphobic, you know. I fell off a diving board in Guernsey.

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** Bread man Norman's endless list of things that he cannot do because he is 'agoraphobic, you know. I fell off a diving board in Guernsey.'



*** Put your specs on!

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*** Put "Put your specs on!on!"



* StatusQuoIsGod: Played relatively straight in the first series (Although nothing of significance really happens in it), but continuity hits hard in the second.

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* StatusQuoIsGod: Played relatively straight in the first series (Although (although nothing of significance really happens in it), but continuity hits hard in the second.



** Petula speaking about parking her caravan on a petrol station forecourt: "Can I winch my legs down onto your hard standing?"

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** Petula speaking about parking her caravan on a petrol station forecourt: "Can I winch my legs down onto your hard standing?"hard-standing?"

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** The theme tune and lyrics are written by Victoria Wood herself.


*** Blaming everything on "'''TonyBlair'''!", saying his name in a hilariously contemptuous manner.

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*** Blaming everything on "'''TonyBlair'''!", "'''UsefulNotes/TonyBlair'''!", saying his name in a hilariously contemptuous manner.


A two-series WorkCom set in a Mancunian factory canteen. Written by, and indeed starring, Victoria Wood, and features a number of her regular collaborators.

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A two-series WorkCom set in a Mancunian factory canteen. Written by, and indeed starring, Victoria Wood, Creator/VictoriaWood, and features a number of her regular collaborators.


A two-series WorkCom set in a Mancunian factory canteen. Written by, and indeed starring, Victoria Wood, and features a number of [[HeyItsThatGuy her regular collaborators]].

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A two-series WorkCom set in a Mancunian factory canteen. Written by, and indeed starring, Victoria Wood, and features a number of [[HeyItsThatGuy her regular collaborators]].
collaborators.


!!{{dinnerladies}} contains examples of these tropes:

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!!{{dinnerladies}} !!dinnerladies contains examples of these tropes:

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Dolly delivers one to their revolting and irritating temporary colleague Christine.


* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Twinkle. Hardly ever a jerk on a personal level - she moans and snarks about nearly everything, is frequently late and thinks nothing of her professional appearance, but greatly values her friendship with her colleagues, particularly Bren.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Twinkle. Hardly ever Twinkle (although she's not really a jerk on a personal level - she moans and snarks about nearly everything, is frequently late and thinks nothing of her professional appearance, but greatly values her friendship with her colleagues, particularly Bren.Bren).

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Twinkle. Hardly ever a jerk on a personal level - she moans and snarks about nearly everything, is frequently late and thinks nothing of her professional appearance, but greatly values her friendship with her colleagues, particularly Bren.


*** Put your glasses on!

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*** Put your glasses specs on!

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** Jean misreading newspapers and magazines.
*** Put your glasses on!


** Also a stealth pun. A unicorn's got a big horn, so not unicorn means...

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** Also That's also a stealth pun. A unicorn's got a big horn, so not unicorn means...

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** Also a stealth pun. A unicorn's got a big horn, so not unicorn means...

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