Getting On - Series One
If The Office was set in a hospital...
Health care for the elderly is the least prestigious area of the medical service. The patients rarely make a fuss - often they're unable to - and for that reason bad practices slip through. But are they that bad? It's a tough world for staff too, and getting on means, well, getting on. Dark, funny, tough and compassionate, this is the story of one ward, in one hospital, in one overlooked corner of the modern health service. But although status isn't high, moral questions come from all corners. It's a long way from ER, and a lot closer to most people's experiences.
It's the bit of health care that gets swept under the carpet - an overload of grumpy, messy old people patched up only to return again a few months later. The staff on this ward joke as they go about their daily tasks, leaving humour and dignity to mix as it will. With a retrospective script deliberately allowing for improvisation by the actors, Getting On is a comedy of characters doing the best they can in a situation we can all relate to; everyone has an elderly relative, parent, grandparent, and difficult choices are the order of the day. It's the scene that awaits all of us - whether we like to admit it or not.
First released: Monday 7th September 2009
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