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Damned 

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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Series cast summary:
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 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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Kevin Eldon (Martin) & Morwenna Banks (Ingrid) also worked together on Danger Mouse (2015) as Penfold & Danger Moth/Dawn/The Queen respectively. See more »

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Featured in WatchMojoUK: Top 10 British Workplace Comedies (2018) See more »

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Nice Intentions and Watchable.
2 April 2018 | by nearlymellowSee all my reviews

My father caught me watching this and sneered. It's one of those programs that remains 'meh', hence the 5/10 rating. An 'alrighter'. An 'it's decent, yeah' one. The acting is what you'd expect from a bunch of comedians: they behave as they usually do, being humorous over deep. Sometimes there are moments of character building, but the amount of care put into them is shallow. Alan Davies was surprising, as he managed to play quite a different character than his QI persona, and, out of all the team, I'd say he was the most interesting.

The saving grace of this one is the fact that Jo Brand has had experience with social work and the greatest pits of human suffering. When watching, you get the impression she may have pulled this from reality, which makes Damned more touching to watch. The scenes expressing mature or morbid lives in less fortunate households do work, and the viewer finds themselves rooting for the poorly funded, barely functioning team.

The plot, whilst working when it needs to, does often feel bare, with reality somewhat being prioritised over interest. There's a lot of filler, so to speak. It relies on the banter to keep it going, which is moderately humorous, but nothing above what you'd hear two strangers on a bus laughing about. I think for Damned to have been more successful, it should've really taken control over the resources it has, since the setting is that of room of sweating, miserable people. There was room for a darker sense of humour, true gallows, mischievous stuff. It might've retracted from the message, but that's precisely the problem.

Damned is a social commentary, and that's respectable, but it's not educative ENOUGH for it to work, and nor is it risky enough to be truly comical. It's in a grey area, and it had to push one way or the other to be anything above 'decent'.


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