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Saturday 23 August 2014

Wood hid woolly gift for Morrissey

Victoria Wood said Morrissey's teapot was too fancy for her tea cosy gift

Victoria Wood has revealed she took singer Morrissey a home-made woolly tea cosy as a present, but was too embarrassed to give it to him as he had such a fancy teapot.

The comedian went to New York to interview the former frontman of The Smiths for her new BBC documentary, Victoria Wood's Nice Cup Of Tea.

The Dinner Ladies star revealed in the Radio Times: "I asked my friend Norah to knit him a tea cosy as an ice breaker. So I'm there in his hotel with his lovely black and white striped cosy all wrapped ready for the ideal moment.

"Morrissey says we should have tea in his own teapot. It's green and ornate, a delicate French antique.

"The woolly humbug stripes aren't going to cut it. I keep the gift in my bag and rescind the offer."

She joked: "There's an ugly scene and I will never be able to go back to Manchester."

Victoria's interview with food historian Clarissa Dickson Wright about etiquette and the ritual of the Victorian tea table, also did not go quite to plan.

She revealed: "We have lump sugar with no tongs, a huge tea strainer the size of a sieve and, as is patently obvious as soon as she pours out, no tea in the pot."

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