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Analysis of 'dinnerladies'

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dinnerladies The characters are well represented through the clothes that they where. Bren wears her work overalls, with leggings underneath. She is often laughed at, as all her clothes are leggings and "off the market". When seen out of costume she just tends to wear a baggy t-shirt. This represents the fact that she no longer has to make an effort into looking good because she divorced her husband. Although, when Tony and her start to get together she is teased about her clothes and changes them ever so slightly towards the end of the series. Tony wears a shirt and tie, showing his boss status and his need to be smart. He also almost always wears a hat that would prevent hair from going in the food in a real kitchen. This shows that he spends most of his time in the kitchen. Twinkle wears her work overalls, but never appears to be wearing anything underneath, mainly because she is probably wearing as short skirt or some other form of unsuitable work clothing. ...read more.


She does not always speak in Standard English, e.g. "me mother". This is typical northern dialect. Tony uses very northern terms that southerners may not understand. He uses colloquial language in every sentence contrasting characters such as Phillipa. Twinkle swears, and refers to sex a lot representing stereotypical working class people. Although Dolly is working class, she does not come across that way. She flinches at obscenities and speaks very good English. This makes an interesting character contrast to others such as Twinkle who is a complete opposite. Jean is talks willingly about personal problems and her sex life which Dolly does not approve of, automatically fitting in with the stereotype higher classes looking down on working classes. Stan, having come from a military background, adopts a very much 'get on with it' attitude. This reinforces the attitude that working people do mostly work very hard. Phillipa wears smart wear, showing she's taking her job seriously. She wears long skirts and shirts, showing a middle class conservative attitude. ...read more.


However, Bren does seem to still do whatever her mother requires of her. Bren and Tony have a very easy going relationship. They quite clearly like one another, but neither is prepared to make the first move. They get on very well, and tend to stand around and chat. Because they are within such close proximities of each other, i.e. the canteen, all the time they would have to get on well with each other to be able to cope. Twinkle and Jean are both unruly woman within the sitcom. They do not follow typical gender stereotypes of woman not swearing etc. They constantly refer to sex/sexual based things in conversation e.g. Twinkle, scroty old tabard". Twinkle is also quite manly in a sense that she speaks a bit like a man, and shows no shame. Both women are not afraid to stand up for themselves to their boss, and are very opinionated. Jennifer Sykes ...read more.

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