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Damned - Jo Brand’s Social Work Comedy
Damned, the new comedy starring Jo Brand and Alan Davies is set to air on Tuesday 27th September at 10pm on Channel 4.
The sitcom is based in a children’s services department of a social work office, which Jo hopes will help counter a negative portrayal of social workers and give a real insight into the job role.
Brand will star in the show which she co-wrote with Will Smith, which first appeared as a pilot in 2014. Brand is no stranger to writing about the sector, as she has previously written a show ‘Getting On’ which portrays the life of geriatric nurses, along with a spin off show ‘Going Forward’ based on agency care work.
The idea behind ‘Damned’ stemmed from Brand’s mother’s experiences in her role as a social worker – in a conversation with Community Care, she talks about how growing up she would consistently see social workers doing great things, but continuously go unrecognised for them.
Brand believes ‘the public “love to hate” social workers because, although in reality they are a mixed group like any profession, they cannot shake the image of “middle-class”, “do-gooders” telling people how to live their lives.’
So, the aim of the show, which also stars comedy stars Alan Davies and Kevin Eldon, is ultimately to show the difficulties social workers face as part of their role and to disregard some of the misleading portrayals about what the job actually involves.