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Tagged In:  Social Work, Social Worker
'Damned' was a one-off drama starring Jo Brand and Alan Davies, billed as a ‘comedy about harangued and stressed-out social workers’. Written by Jo Brand and Morwenna Banks, the programme was broadcast on 12 June 2014 as part of the Playhouse Presents series on Sky Arts 1.

What did the profession make of it?


We found out as part of a survey we conducted on the public perception and media portrayal of social work.

Almost 74% of the 120 respondents said they enjoyed 'Damned' and its tongue-in-cheek humour, even though the majority didn't think it was a realistic portrayal of social work.

One social worker explained her disappointment that it was only a one-off show. She said: "I don't think a documentary, no matter how good, can try and counteract subversive messages in other forms of media. Damned would have stood a chance but it's a shame it was only a one-off." 

So has it helped to improve the perception of the profession? And how many respondents would like to see a full-length series? For the full set of results, see our survey report on the 'Public Perception and Media Portrayal of Social Work', which also features feedback on the recent documentaries '15,000 Kids and Counting' and 'Protecting Our Parents'.

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