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

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    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
    Sam Harley Production Designer
    Dan Robinson Editor
    Natalie Bailey Director
    Claire Whalley Producer
    Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer
    Saskia Schuster Executive Producer

    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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