Hospital People. Ivan Brackenbury (Tom Binns). Copyright: Roughcut Television
Hospital People

Hospital People

  • TV sitcom / sketch show
  • BBC One
  • 2016 - 2017
  • 7 episodes (1 series)

Mockumentary in which Tom Binns plays various characters who are working in a hospital. Also features Amit Shah, Janine Duvitski and Mandeep Dhillon.

Press clippings

The idea of a mock-doc set in an NHS hospital might be about as appetising as a plate of industrially steamed carrots, but Hospital People manages to pull it off. Tonight sees the last episode in the series: a warm-hearted affair in which the hospital's various hapless characters (all played by Tom Binns) get it together to record a charity single. The gags may have something of an 80s sitcom feel, but only a churl would begrudge the song at the end.

Sophie Harris, The Guardian, 16th June 2017

TV review: Hospital People

In laughter terms this episode works even if some of the gags are on the groan-worthy side.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 26th May 2017

Tom Binns plays all the main characters in this otherwise formulaic mockumentary. In the abstract that's impressive, but how it benefits the show isn't obvious: the temptation to differentiate his creations by overegging them all proves irresistible. Tonight, Mark Williams is admitted as a wisecracking businessman, fawned over by hospital manager Susan (Binns) and befriended by chaplain and chilled-out entertainer Kenny (Binns).

Jack Seale, The Guardian, 5th May 2017

Hospital People review

Despite this abject lack of a cutting edge there is something enjoyable about this series.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 5th May 2017

Episode two of Tom Binns's hospital comedy and DJ Ivan Brackenbury causes panic by dressing up as the Lone Ranger for charity. Enter Sian Gibson of Car Share fame as Hilary, head of hospital security, who's charged with implementing a security clampdown. A mockumentary where the plotting drifts but sharp dialogue abounds. Self-regarding manager Susan Mitchell ponders the beds crisis: "Can you look into the feasibility of bunk beds? Just seems so obvious - and fun."

Jonathan Wright, The Guardian, 28th April 2017

TV review: Hospital People, Episode Two, BBC1

If you want simple sitcom laughs you can't go far wrong with Hospital People.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 27th April 2017

TV review: Hospital People

Somehow Binns manages to have his cheese cake and eat it. The tidal wave of gags both good and eggy means that there is never a dull moment when one might sit back and realise how corny this is.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 19th April 2017

Interview: Tom Binns on Hospital People

'Russell Brand had to dig deep to find his messiah complex'

Finlay Greig, i Newspaper, 17th April 2017

Tom Binns interview

I felt it was only right to speak to Tom Binns about what's shaping up to be a great series.

Elliot Gonzalez, I Talk Telly, 17th April 2017

Hospital People guest stars revealed

Filming is underway on BBC One comedy series Hospital People, with Russell Brand, Sally Phillips and James Fleet amongst the guest stars.

British Comedy Guide, 13th February 2017

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