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Set on a geriactric ward in a NHS hospital..Getting On is one of the
best comedies of 2010. Jo Brand is a funny woman and turns out to be a
great comic character actor. She is so convincing as the as the ward's
dogsbody, the portrayal is as true to life as you will get and without
being reminded Jo Brand was a former psychiatric nurse..this part must
be written on her experiences. Joanna Scanlan and Ricky Grover are
great and Vikki Pepperdine just brilliant. This first series is
possibly the best and funniest scripts I have seen for a while. I am
writing this on just seeing the first three episodes on DVD. I have
just ordered the second series and hope it is as good as the first.
What I have seen so far 'Getting on' is as good as 'The Office'..I hope it gets even better. The BBC seem to be putting on a lot of good stuff of late. This certainly has cheered me and a few others up these dark winter nights.
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Without any doubt Getting on has been one of my favourite comedies of
the last few years. What a creative trio in Joanna Scanlon, Vicki
Pepperdine and Jo Brand. The three perform magically together, the
laughs are side splitting and painfully funny, but its set against such
a grim environment, the laughs are definitely tinged with sadness. I've
said it several times, and will again, sadness and humour work so well
hand in hand.
Many moments throughout this show had me crying laughing, Den and Kim's altering of Doctor Moore's speech (plop plops,) Doctor Moore's stool sample programme. Other moments produced tears of another kind, the demise of Mrs Fyvie, and the effects on her poor daughter Beedy.
Some frightening realism in this show, please ladies bring it back one day. This is by far the superior version. Its one of those shows I thought got better and better as it went on.
A friend of mine saw Jo Brand in a nurses uniform at her hospital the
other day so I suppose there is another series of this show coming:
hence the belated review.
I've never got on with this program. The cold filters and joyless staff make it hard watching and the laughs just aren't there. My main beef however is that in contrary to what almost every review I've read has said, this is one of the most unrealistic portrayals of a hospital I've ever seen. Including Carry On Matron.
While Jo Brand has caught a flavour of the bureaucracy on NHS wards and the tendency to follow protocol over all else, Brand has utterly missed the feel of a ward. The scenes are empty and utterly, utterly quiet.
The main reason for this is that three quarter's of the staff are missing- where are all the other nurses? Where on earth are the junior doctors? No wonder things go wrong on this show, the only medical cover is an (admittedly fairly plausible) consultant and a gaggle of students.
Geriatric patients certainly don't lie mute in their beds. They are often pretty confused and you never quite know what is going to happen. On one memorable day someone pooed in Sister's office... There were no witnesses, so who was the culprit? An afternoon spent comparing the sample to patients' stool charts did not reveal the answer.
That's another point- where is the messing around? Green Wing captured it pretty well.
Perhaps the show is so grim that people assume it is accurate, which is frankly rather worrying. Cheer up viewers! everyday tragedy notwithstanding the average hospital ward is a far more pleasant and funnier place than this.
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