Damned (TV series)

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Damned
Genre
  • Comedy
  • Drama
Created by
Written by
Directed byIan FitzGibbon
Starring
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes13 (12 + pilot)
Production
ProducerClaire Whalley
EditorDan Robinson
Running time4 hours 6 minutes
Production companyWhat Larks Productions
Release
Original network
Picture format16:9 1080p
Audio formatStereo
First shown in12 June 2014 (2014-06-12)
Original release27 September 2016 (2016-09-27) –
21 March 2018 (2018-03-21)

Damned is a British television sitcom shown on Channel 4. It is set in the office of the children's services department of fictional Elm Heath Council.[1]

Production[edit]

In March 2014, Sky Arts announced that it was reprising its Playhouse Presents series of self-contained television plays. Jo Brand and Morwenna Banks penned a script for what was hoped to be a pilot episode. Sky Arts aired the episode but never commissioned it to series; so Brand, Banks, and comedic writer Will Smith re-developed it for Channel 4, who announced its commission in May 2016.[2]

Broadcast[edit]

The first series premiered on Channel 4 on 27 September 2016, and concluded on 1 November 2016. In February 2017, Channel 4 commissioned a second six-episode series.[3] Series 2 began broadcasting on 14 February 2018.[4] Episode 5 of the second series was not aired as planned on 14 March 2018 to make space for a tribute to Professor Stephen Hawking, who had died a day earlier. The episode was then aired a week later on 21 March 2018 as a double feature alongside the sixth and final episode of the second series.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Rose Denby (Jo Brand) – Series 1–2 – Senior Social Worker
  • Alastair (Al) Kavanagh (Alan Davies) – Series 1–2 – Senior Social Worker
  • Martin Bickerstaff (Kevin Eldon) – Series 1–2 – Senior Social Worker then Team Leader, former banker, on medical leave throughout series 1.
  • Denise (Georgie Glen) – Series 1–2 – Cluster Manager.
  • Nitin (Himesh Patel) – Series 1–2 – Social Worker, former Metropolitan Police Service constable.
  • Natalie (Nat) (Isy Suttie) – Series 1–2 – Executive Assistant from a temp agency.
  • Ingrid (Morwenna Banks) – Series 1–2 – Senior Social Worker, foster carer, on medical leave throughout series 1.
  • Mimi (Lolly Adefope) – 2 – Student Social Worker on placement.
  • Cass (Sara Powell) – Series 1–2 – Psychologist.

Episodes[edit]

#partially completed 26/02/18 w/ref to http://www.channel4.com/info/press/programme-information/damned-series-2

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1627 September 2016 (2016-09-27)1 November 2016 (2016-11-01)
2614 February 2018 (2018-02-14)21 March 2018 (2018-03-21)

Pilot (2014)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions)
"Pilot"Natalie BaileyMorwenna Banks & Jo Brand12 June 2014 (2014-06-12)N/A

Series 1 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions)
11"Episode 1"Ian FitzGibbonMorwenna Banks, Jo Brand, & Will Smith27 September 2016 (2016-09-27)1.89
22"Episode 2"Ian FitzGibbonMorwenna Banks, Jo Brand, & Will Smith4 October 2016 (2016-10-04)1.37
33"Episode 3"Ian FitzGibbonMorwenna Banks, Jo Brand, & Will Smith11 October 2016 (2016-10-11)1.08
44"Episode 4"Ian FitzGibbonMorwenna Banks, Jo Brand, & Will Smith18 October 2016 (2016-10-18)1.07
55"Episode 5"Ian FitzGibbonMorwenna Banks, Jo Brand, & Will Smith25 October 2016 (2016-10-25)N/A
66"Episode 6"Ian FitzGibbonMorwenna Banks, Jo Brand, & Will Smith1 November 2016 (2016-11-01)N/A

Series 2 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions)
71"Episode 1"Natalie BaileyMorwenna Banks, Jo Brand, & Will Smith14 February 2018 (2018-02-14)N/A
82"Episode 2"Natalie BaileyMorwenna Banks, Jo Brand, & Will Smith21 February 2018 (2018-02-21)N/A
93"Episode 3"Natalie BaileyMorwenna Banks, Jo Brand, & Will Smith28 February 2018 (2018-02-28)N/A
104"Episode 4"Natalie BaileyMorwenna Banks, Jo Brand, & Will Smith7 March 2018 (2018-03-07)N/A
115"Episode 5"Natalie BaileyMorwenna Banks, Jo Brand, & Will Smith21 March 2018 (2018-03-21)N/A
126"Episode 6"Natalie BaileyMorwenna Banks, Jo Brand, & Will Smith21 March 2018 (2018-03-21)N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Damned: Jo Brand's new comedy could have packed a bigger punch, review". Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  2. ^ Munn, Patrick (26 May 2016). "Channel 4 Picks Up Jo Brand Comedy 'Damned' To Series". tvwise.co.uk. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Jo Brand and Alan Davies are DAMNED once again – Channel 4 – Info – Press". www.channel4.com. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Damned: Series 2 Episodes list". Retrieved 26 Feb 2018.

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