Diaries and notebooks by Victoria Wood have inspired a new TV documentary about the late comedy star

Diaries and notebooks written by Victoria Wood have inspired a new TV documentary about the late comedy star.

TV channel Gold said the notebooks, backstage photos and studio records have never been seen before.

Penned while Victoria wrote dinnerladies, they will show how she put the show, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary, together. The much loved star had never written a sitcom before – having stuck to sketches and songs – and she reveals in her diaries that this was a big thing for her.

The three-part series, dinnerladies diaries, will also feature interviews with the cast and friends of the show.

Executive producer Lindsay Jex said of the show: “We have unearthed some truly amazing unseen gems from the archive combined with first-hand insight from the cast and crew. This series will tell the definitive story of this award-winning sitcom.”

Fellow executive producer Iain Coyle said “extraordinary material” had been “uncovered”… that “will give us a unique insight into how one our best-loved shows was conceived and produced”.

Victoria died at the age of 62 in April last year, following a battle with cancer.