Jo Brand’s Getting On set for third series

Jo Brand’s comedy drama Getting On – which won her a top award at the TV Baftas – is to return for a further series.

BBC bosses have recommissioned the show set in an NHS geriatric ward for a third run on BBC4.

Jo, who co-writes and stars in the series alongside Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine, took the best female comedy performance prize at the Baftas on Sunday, and hit out at critics who have suggested she could not act.

The series is directed by Peter Capaldi, best known to TV audiences for his role as foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in The Thick Of It.

BBC4 controller Richard Klein said: “I am delighted that Getting On will be coming back for a third run.

“Jo Brand’s Bafta yesterday only confirms just what a wonderfully warm, witty and insightful comedy this is – an all-female star cast featuring ladies of a certain age dealing with all the absurdities and realities that is the NHS, and all done in a manner guaranteed to make you laugh out loud.”

Jo picked up a prize for best comedy writer for the series – along with her co-writers Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan – at the Royal Television Society Awards in March.

On Sunday the comic picked up her Bafta and told guests at the ceremony: “I’m flabbergasted, completely, because over the years I have been so slagged off for my acting ability by the critics.”

Cheryl Taylor, controller of comedy commissioning at the BBC said: “Fans will be delighted to hear that the show has been recommissioned for BBC4.”

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