‘Damned’, Jo Brand’s highly-anticipated social work comedy, airs at 10pm on Tuesday 27 September on Channel 4.
Set in a children’s services team, Brand co-stars with Alan Davies in a series she hopes will help counter a negative portrayal of social workers.
Ahead of airing, Community Care has been given clips of the show. The two settings featured should be familiar to social workers. The first is a rather awkward team meeting, where biscuits are inevitably mentioned. The second is a home visit.
Social workers have often criticised TV portrayals of the profession for misleading about what the job actually involves, with episodes of Silent Witness and EastEnders provoking particularly negative reactions in recent years.
Brand, whose mum was a social worker, has previously said she believes the public “love to hate” social workers because they cannot shake the image of “middle-class”, “do-gooders” telling people how to live their lives.
How do you think Jo Brand’s social work comedy will compare to previous TV portrayals?