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Series 1, Episode 6

It's Judgement Day at Elm Heath Children's Services. Denise wants outstanding cases closed, or heads will roll.

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It's Judgement Day at Elm Heath Children's Services. Denise wants outstanding cases closed, or heads will roll. So Al urgently needs to house a large family of Syrian refugee children, but he also urgently needs to leave the office for a mini-break before his girlfriend dumps him. And Rose still is yet to broach the extremely delicate matter of the pupil-teacher relationship with Denise. And then they get the regular prank call about the abandoned baby. Apparently, this time it's in the crisps aisle at Superbrands. There's never a real abandoned baby, it's always a prank baby. Always...

Broadcast details

Tuesday 1st November 2016
Channel 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 5th November 2016 2:00am 4seven
Saturday 26th August 2017 3:10am C4

Cast & crew

Jo Brand Rose Denby
Alan Davies Al Kavanagh
Himesh Patel Nitin
Kevin Eldon Martin Bickerstaff
Georgie Glen Denise Donnelly
Isy Suttie Natalie Moore
Morwenna Banks Ingrid
Paul Charlton PC Harris
Nick Hancock Lee Denby
Mandeep Dhillon Telephone Caller (Voice)
Rasmus Hardiker Telephone Caller (Voice)
London Hughes Telephone Caller (Voice)
Ellie White Telephone Caller (Voice)
Alex Lanipekun Telephone Caller (Voice)
Guest cast
Mina Anwar Caitlin
Harriet Kemsley Daisy
Catriona Knox Sophie
Will Smith Zak
Writing team
Morwenna Banks Writer
Jo Brand Writer
Will Smith Writer
Production team
Ian FitzGibbon Director
Claire Whalley Producer
Adam Tandy Edit Producer
Morwenna Banks Associate Producer
Dan Robinson Editor
Jeff Sherriff Production Designer
Jo Buckingham Casting Director
Greg Duffield Director of Photography
Marcia Stanton Costume Designer
Lulu Hall Make-up Designer
Andy Lumsden 1st Assistant Director


Jo Brand and Morwenna Banks's beautifully bittersweet comedy of life at Elm Heath children's services department concludes with Denise intent on laying down the law. Cases must be closed and "there will be a head count" to make sure nobody skives off; bad news for Al, who needs to leave early for a mini-break in Paris. Meantime, Rose and Nitin investigate a report that a baby has been abandoned in Superbrands; bound to be a "prank baby" ... right?

Jonathan Wright, The Guardian, 1st November 2016

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