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Comedy set in the social services department of a local authority. Social workers Rose and Al swim against the tide of bureaucracy, deal with the absurdities of life and try to navigate their equally trying professional and personal lives.
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Jo Brand ...  Rose Denby / ... 12 episodes, 2016-2018
Alan Davies ...  Alastair Kavanagh / ... 12 episodes, 2016-2018
Kevin Eldon ...  Martin Bickerstaff / ... 12 episodes, 2016-2018
Georgie Glen ...  Denise 12 episodes, 2016-2018
Himesh Patel ...  Nitin 12 episodes, 2016-2018
Isy Suttie ...  Nat 12 episodes, 2016-2018
Greg Bennett ...  Child Services Social Worker 12 episodes, 2016-2018
Mandeep Dhillon ...  Phone caller / ... 11 episodes, 2016-2018
London Hughes ...  Phone caller / ... 11 episodes, 2016-2018
Ellie White Ellie White ...  Phone caller / ... 10 episodes, 2016-2018
Sara Powell ...  Cass 8 episodes, 2016-2018
Morwenna Banks ...  Ingrid 7 episodes, 2016-2018
Nick Hancock Nick Hancock ...  Lee 7 episodes, 2016-2018
Lolly Adefope ...  Mimi 6 episodes, 2018
Paul Charlton Paul Charlton ...  PC Harris 6 episodes, 2016-2018
Anick Wiget Anick Wiget ...  Anick Social Worker 6 episodes, 2016
Ed Gaughan Ed Gaughan ...  Phone caller 6 episodes, 2018
Jacob Scipio ...  Phone caller 6 episodes, 2018
Rasmus Hardiker ...  Telephone caller / ... 5 episodes, 2016
Amy-Jayne Leigh Amy-Jayne Leigh ...  Rose's daughter / ... 5 episodes, 2016-2018
Sophie Sanderson ...  Rose's Daughter / ... 5 episodes, 2016-2018
Will Smith ...  Zak / ... 5 episodes, 2016-2018
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Comedy set in the social services department of a local authority. Social workers Rose and Al swim against the tide of bureaucracy, deal with the absurdities of life and try to navigate their equally trying professional and personal lives.

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27 September 2016 (UK) See more »

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In February 2017, Channel 4 commissioned a second six-episode series. See more »

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Spun-off from Playhouse Presents: Damned (2014) See more »

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Sympathetic and funny
12 November 2016 | by anthony-gorehamSee all my reviews

This comedy was marketed as 'bittersweet', which should be a warning it's not light-hearted nor full of belly-laughs. The style of the show will be instantly familiar to anyone who has watched "Going On" (also co-written by Jo Brand). The philosophy is very much "if you didn't laugh, you'd cry".

The show is about a team of social workers, working in child services. So obviously they encounter a range of disturbing situations, involving children - i.e. neglected or abandoned children, accusations of child abuse, drug use, and so on. So you can see why the comedy is dark and offbeat. The show seems fairly realistic about the challenges faced by public services these days - pressure of public expectations, autocratic management, budget cuts, etc. Having said that, the comedy often comes from the slightly less realistic / exaggerated behaviour of some characters (and their significant others) plus the dire state of the office kitchen. The characters are a mixture of experienced / weary social workers (primarily Jo Brand and Alan Davies, with Kevin Eldon), a new social worker out of his depth (Himesh Patel), their stern manager (Georgie Glen) and the not-very-bright temp assistant (Isy Suttie). Overall it works very well, providing a sympathetic view of an under-appreciated workforce, with a comedic twist, in fact several parts are very funny (the team meeting scenes especially).


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