As well as writing and starring in the show, Victoria Wood also wrote the Radio Times listing, which was always completely irrelevant to the particular episode.

This show was voted by the BBC as their favorite comedy ever in 1996.

While the visuals of "Acorn Antiques" gleefully homaged ITV's Midlands soap Crossroads (1964), the dialogue was Victoria Wood's tribute to BBC Radio 2's weekday serial "Waggoner's Walk" (1969-80) and its sometimes overly-verbose scripting.