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The one-episode-wonder about children's social care is back!


Initially aired in June 2014, as part of a ‘Playhouse Presents’ series, ‘Damned’ received such good press, that almost two years down the line, it is confirmed that Channel 4 will air their own mini-series. Jo Brand’s sitcom follows the life of social workers in a children’s social services department in a six-part series, and is ‘compulsory viewing’ according to one social worker. 

Jo Brand, the mastermind behind the show, explained that the reason why she’s making the show is “to show people what social workers’ lives are really like”. Jo’s mother was a social worker, so she has grown up understanding the importance and difficulties of the job: “It’s an incredibly hard job - I don’t know how they do it, I really don’t – and it’s time they had a pat on the back”.

Despite its satirical nature, and tongue-in-cheek humour, the pilot was seemingly a huge success with social workers, as it has received great reviews online. One social worker stated that she “can’t wait to watch it’ and that there would be ‘finally something good on the telly”. A second social worker stated that ‘if it’s half as good and sympathetic as ‘Getting on’, then it should be compulsory viewing’. 

In a survey we ran two years ago, we discovered that approximately 74% of social workers enjoyed the pilot, with one social worker expressing that it was “a shame it was only a one off”. Good news as it’s back then, as the show co-starring comedian Alan Davies will be coming to your screens shortly.



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Lorretta, 02 June 2016, 11:22 PM
When is The one-episode-wonder about children's social care is back?
Sanctuary Social Care, 03 June 2016, 09:38 AM
Hi Lorretta,

A date of when the series will air hasn't yet been confirmed.

Kind regards,
Sanctuary Social Care
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