Nov. 12, 1998
30 min.
BBC One TV Network

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Set entirely in the canteen of HWD Components, a fictional factory in Manchester. The inner lives and social interactions of the mostly female, mostly middle-aged staff are vividly and amusingly depicted. Bren tries to maintain order among the chaos, while dealing with her unspoken love for the canteen supervisor, sex-obsessed cancer sufferer Tony.

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Brenda "Bren" Furlong (born 24 December 1957)

The deputy manager of the canteen, and arguably the most ordinary of the characters. She had an unhappy childhood as her mother had her taken into care, and had an unhappy marriage to an alcoholic of whom she was frightened.

She is very good at solving her colleagues' problems but often doubts her ability to overcome her own hardships. She is somewhat scattered, often forgetting adjectives and suggesting implausible alternatives and has a near encyclopedic knowledge of cinema which she makes many metaphorical references to.

Several times in the first series it is hinted that she has feelings for Tony, though nothing comes of this until halfway through the second series.

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02x06 - Christmas
Season 2, Episode 06
02x10 - Toast
Season 2, Episode 10
02x01 - Catering
Season 2, Episode 01
02x03 - Holidays
Season 2, Episode 03
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