Last night saw the return of hospital comedy Getting On, on BBC Four. After their last ward at King Edward VIII was closed, Kim, Den and Pippa have been relocated to ward K2 at the nearby St Jude’s. (Their wards are all named after mountains)
It gets off to a good start with Kim getting lost after ignoring the briefing on following the yellow line on the floor. With their new location comes new technology, which predictably they struggle with. Kim (Jo Brand) and Sister Den (Joanna Scanlan) struggle with a new adjustable bed which almost has the patient on the floor after Den accuses Kim of giving it mixed signals, and consultant Pippa (Vicki Pepperdine) uses a soaking cloth to clean a new laptop.
Despite not catching much of the first 2 series, it was easy to jump into, with there being only three main characters, who also happen to be the show’s writers. The show also has the bonus of being directed by The Thick of It’s Peter Capaldi.
Consultant Pippa was excellent; how she managed to keep a straight face while talking about vaginal atrophy, I’ll never know. She spends the episode trying to convince people to help with her research, including cornering young black doctor Josh as “vulvas could be a very interesting area for you to get into” with a hint of racism thrown in for good measure when she mentions genital mutilation in his continent.
Whether you’ve seen the first 2 series or not, this looks like being one of the hit comedies of the year. Just a shame it’s hidden away on BBC Four.
Getting On is on BBC Four, Wednesdays at 10:00pm
Watch Episode 1 on BBC iPlayer here
Read our interview about the show with Jo Brand here