Getting On

Series 3 - Episode 3

Getting On
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Nurse Kim and Sister Den (Jo Brand and Joanna Scanlan) attend a grim hospital meeting led by the perky Damaris designed to “cascade down” the hospital’s energy-saving initiative.

Its leading exponent is lugubrious Mr Loftus, who makes it his business to empty rubbish into the correct bags and check that Ward K2 isn’t wasting power now it has a meter. “We will be recording in ohms and wattage,” he announces, pointlessly.

Thus Getting On gives us another perfectly bleak vignette, poking a stick at the rattling absurdities of health service bureaucracy. It doesn’t shout messages, it’s about the small things, and it’s full of heart and humanity.

About this programme

3/6. Comedy drama about life on a geriatric ward. Hypochondriac Mrs Dethick is re-admitted, adding to Den's problems, while Megan is having trouble drumming up support for the forthcoming strike. Kim reluctantly turns to Damaris for help with her studies. Starring Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan and Helen Griffin.

Cast and crew


Nurse Kim Wilde
Jo Brand
Dr Pippa Moore
Vicki Pepperdine
Sister Den Flixter
Joanna Scanlan
Hilary Loftus
Ricky Grover
Mrs Julia Dethick
Eve Pearce
Megan Hughes
Helen Griffin
Damaris Clarke
Cush Jumbo
Babou Ceesay
Stephen Ferris
Simon Fisher-Becker
Dr Nigel Hoskins
Christian McKay


Sue Tully
Geoff Atkinson
Jo Brand
Vicki Pepperdine
Joanna Scanlan