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Cruel yet compassionate comedy from BBC4


Cruel yet compassionate comedy from BBC4

Getting On BBC4, from 23rd October

Led by two refugees from The Thick of It (Peter Capaldi as director and Joanna  Scanlan as actor and writer), Getting On is a variant of the “situationist comedy” pioneered by The Office. It has the same neo-realist “mockumentary” feel, improvisatory acting and satirical close observation, but with one crucial addition: warmth.

Most of the appeal of Getting On comes from its unappealing setting—a ramshackle NHS female geriatric ward. A television series completely dominated by middle-aged or elderly…

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