Damned

Series 2 - Episode 1

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Review

A welcome return to Elm Heath’s Children’s Services, where sharply observed office banter and grim frontline social care make for more brilliantly nuanced and thought-provoking comedy. Kevin Eldon’s kindly Martin has now been promoted and wants to play things by the book. But when Al (Alan Davies) visits a sex-worker mother, the problems of that approach become obvious.

In many ways our pole star is Jo Brand’s Rose, Al’s world weary but committed fellow traveller. But everyone (even Himesh Patel’s brilliantly idiotic Nitin) is fighting against the tide – whether it’s the constant ringing of phones or the dogmatic virtue-signalling of student Mimi (Lolly Adefope), who is on work placement. Asking the harassed staff to fill in a form about the impact of gender politics on 21st-century feminist social workers suggests she still has a lot to learn.

Summary

The topical comedy set at Elm Heath Social Services returns, as the team come under pressure over a single parent sex worker and a case of abuse. Elsewhere, Nat thinks there may be records missing from the newly-digitised files, and Rose struggles to deal with her children, her husband and an incontinent new puppy.

Cast & Crew

Ingrid Morwenna Banks
Rose Jo Brand
Al Alan Davies
Martin Kevin Eldon
Denise Georgie Glen
Nitin Himesh Patel
Nat Isy Suttie
Lee Nick Hancock
Cass Sara Powell
Mimi Lolly Adefope
PC Harris Paul Charlton
Darren Carl Rice
Elena Andreea Paduraru
Marcus Bowles (Headmaster) Ben Willbond
Elena's Kids Jamie Adler
Elena's Kids Andrei Vladut Cociorvan
Elena's Kids Mandeep Dhillon
Director Natalie Bailey
Producer Claire Whalley
Writer Jo Brand
Writer Morwenna Banks
Writer Will Smith
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Comedy