Damned. Image shows from L to R: Natalie Moore (Isy Suttie), Rose Denby (Jo Brand), Nitin (Himesh Patel), Al Kavanagh (Alan Davies), Denise Donnelly (Georgie Glen), Martin Bickerstaff (Kevin Eldon), Natalie Moore (Isy Suttie). Copyright: What Larks Productions.

Damned

Channel 4 and Sky Arts comedy drama about a social services department. 13 episodes (pilot + 2 series), 2014 - 2018. Stars Jo Brand, Alan Davies, Himesh Patel, Kevin Eldon and others.

Damned. Image shows from L to R: Al Kavanagh (Alan Davies), Martin Bickerstaff (Kevin Eldon), Rose Denby (Jo Brand).

Pilot

Jo Brand and Alan Davies star as stressed social workers struggling to keep control of their private lives and chaotic office.

Further details

Irritable, menopausal single parent Rose is having a bad day. After leaving her three sick children to be cared for by her mother, she breaks her phone, drops her coffee and arrives late for work at the social services department.

There's no respite in the office, though, as Rose finds the floor as chaotic as her home. Martin, a former colleague who was let go due to mental problems, has managed to get into the building again, while Nat, a new temp devoid of any common sense, is struggling to get to grips with simple tasks on her first day.

Rose's experienced, yet jaded, colleague Al helps her through the morning, taking every opportunity to mock the colourful characters that make up the rest of the floor.

Al hates the bureaucracy that comes with his job and consequently finds himself in constant battle with his pedantic and badly-dressed co-worker Nitin, a former policeman obsessed with performance targets.

Rose's day gets gradually worse: a check on her mother and children leads her to discover they have all disappeared. Returning to the pandemonium of her office in a state of panic, Rose quickly finds herself faced with a crisis that threatens to throw her career into jeopardy.

Broadcast details

Date
Thursday 12th June 2014
Time
9pm
Channel
Sky Arts
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Jo Brand Rose Denby
Alan Davies Al Kavanagh
Kevin Eldon Martin Bickerstaff
Georgie Glen Denise Donnelly
Paul Charlton PC Harris
Guest cast
Rebekah Staton Nat
Romesh Ranganathan Nitin
Aisling Bea Anne-Marie (Toddler Woman)
Barry Martin Elderly Man
Simon Ludders Mr Wicks
Golda Rosheuvel Advocate
Ricky Grover Kev (Cannabis Man)
Gemma Arrowsmith Cannabis Woman
David Reed PC Morgan
Lois Sellman Rose's Daughter
Rowan Sellman Rose's Son
Madeleine Sellman Rose's Daughter
Morwenna Banks Telephone Caller (Voice)
Daniel Lawrence Taylor Telephone Caller (Voice)
Kevin Eldon Telephone Caller (Voice)
Romesh Ranganathan Telephone Caller (Voice)
Rebekah Staton Telephone Caller (Voice)
Writing team
Morwenna Banks Writer
Jo Brand Writer
Production team
Natalie Bailey Director
Claire Whalley Producer
Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer
Saskia Schuster Executive Producer
Dan Robinson Editor
Sam Harley Production Designer

Video

Damned - Pilot Trailer

This is the trailer that was released to promote the pilot episode of the show on Sky Arts.

Featuring: Jo Brand (Rose Denby), Alan Davies (Al Kavanagh), Rebekah Staton (Nat), Romesh Ranganathan (Nitin).

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