Here is the first in a new series of one hundred parodies of famous films. To begin I've chosen one by Victoria Wood; one of television's greatest comedic actresses and writers and her parody of David Lean's 1945 film Brief Encounter. The sketch first appeared in Victoria's television Christmas special All The Trimmings in December 2000. It features Victoria playing the character that Celia Johnson portrayed in Lean's original film and her chance encounter with a doctor that in the film leads to the only kind of affair that cinema could portray in the 1940's. The supporting actors in the parody are all superb especially Celia Imrie who appeared in so many of Victoria's greatest comedy sketches. There is also a cameo by another well known television personality.
As with all the parodies that I will feature here you are best not to know any of what happens in advance. There is no need to have seen the original film before viewing the parodies but knowing the plot of the original films does add to recognizing what the sketches draw on and reference. All I will say is that in the video clip below the 'speck in the eye' moment is pure Victoria Wood brilliance and there is also a conclusion that was years ahead of it's time.