Getting On. Image shows from L to R: Nurse Kim Wilde (Jo Brand), Sister Den Flixter (Joanna Scanlan), Doctor Pippa Moore (Vicki Pepperdine). Image credit: Vera Productions.

Getting On

Comedy drama which follows the daily lives of nurses as they go about their routine tasks in an NHS hospital

2009 - 2012  (BBC Four)
15 (3 series)
Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan, Vicki Pepperdine, Ricky Grover, Cush Jumbo
Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan, Vicki Pepperdine
Vera Productions

Welcome to Ward K2, a backwater in an NHS trust hospital. This is the world of slips, trips and hips; healthcare at its least glamorous.

Getting On is a BBC Four comedy drama starring Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan, Vicki Pepperdine and Ricky Grover as four members of NHS staff who are just 'getting on with it' in an overlooked corner of the health service.

Messy choices are the order of the day in a world where necessity produces its own solutions: the story of one ward, in one hospital.

Having faced restructuring, closure, on-off relationships, and the daily grind of caring for dementia patients and much more besides, Series 3 sees the team sticking together - now transferred from the closed down Ward B4 to brand-spanking-new K2 at nearby hospital St Jude's. The equipment may be newer, the decor more modern, but will life get any easier?

New admissions bring new problems but, in Getting On, the real challenge is just getting on with life in a world where few things move on.

Our Review: A superb series. Although the camera work is a little erratic at times, the otherwise excellent direction captures the depressing and mundane hospital ward atmosphere perfectly, whilst the writing and acting create very believable characters. Jo Brand is particularly a revelation: a former psychiatric nurse in real life, the stand-up comedian reveals herself to be a great actress.

There are some very humourous situations too - for example, when the nurses phone up a translation line to find out what a foreign patient is saying, they don't get the answer they were quite expecting! Another favourite moment involved Kim waking up a sleeping patient to ask her if she wants to take her sleeping pills.