Get Well Soon. Roy Osborne (Matthew Cottle). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

Get Well Soon

Sitcom set in a 1947 tuberculosis sanatorium, based on the meeting of comedy-writing powerhouse team Ray Galton and Alan Simpson

1997  (BBC One)
6 (1 series)
Matthew Cottle, Eddie Marsan, Anita Dobson, Samantha Beckinsale, Robert Bathurst, Patsy Rowlands, William Osborne, Michael Troughton, Hugh Bonneville, Neil Stacy
Ray Galton, John Antrobus
British Broadcasting Corporation

It's 1947 and Roy Osborne is admitted to a tuberculosis sanatorium. Expecting a stay of "a few weeks" (out by Easter!), he's shocked at the realisation that he could be resident for more than a year. Finding himself sharing a room with Brian Clapton, the two soon become firm friends.

Our Review: Get Well Soon is based on Ray Galton's first meeting with long-term writing partner Alan Simpson. From their humble beginnings in a TB sanatorium in Surrey, the two would go on to define British sitcom, creating and writing such celebrated, well-loved and influential gems as Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe & Son.

Although Simpson retired from writing in the late 1970s, Galton continued working well into the 2000s. One of his most regular and reliable partners in this period was John Antrobus, with whom Get Well Soon was written.

Whilst Get Well Soon does not, somewhat unsurprisingly, reach the lofty heights of brilliance that were the haven of Steptoe & Son and Hancock's Half Hour, it is certainly a very good and often very funny programme in its own right. It won't be remembered as a classic (in fact, it's hardly remembered at all), but it is deserving of more recognition than it receives.