Following a one off pilot, filming will now commence on a six part series written by and starring Jo Brand about life in a children's social services department.
The programme will focus on social workers “swimming against a tide of bureaucracy and pedantry, and contending with the absurdities and nationalities of life in a county council office”, Channel 4 said. Brand, whose mother was a social worker, has previous form in taking a comic look at public services with her Bafta-award winning comedy Getting On set in an NHS hospital. Speaking about ‘Damned’, Brand said being a social worker was “like being a traffic warden without the perks”. “As the daughter of a social worker who worked for many years in child protection, I grew up seeing social workers go unrecognised for the good things they did and castigated for the bad,” she said.