Getting On

Series 3 - Episode 3



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.


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 & 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
Hansley Babou Ceesay
Stephen Ferris Simon Fisher-Becker
Dr Nigel Hoskins Christian McKay
Director Sue Tully
Producer Geoff Atkinson
Writer Jo Brand
Writer Vicki Pepperdine
Writer Joanna Scanlan
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