Getting On is a satirical British sitcom created by and starring Jo Brand, Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan and set in a less-than-glamorous NHS hospital and focusing on health care that gets swept under the carpet – an overload of grumpy, messy old people patched up only to return again a few months later.
In the UK, health care for the elderly is the least glamorous area of the medical service. The patients rarely make a fuss – often they're unable to – and for that reason bad practices slip through. But are they that bad?
It's a tough world for staff too, and getting on means, well, getting on.
Dark, funny, tough and compassionate, this is the story of one ward, in one hospital, in one overlooked corner of the modern health service. But although status isn't high, moral questions come from all corners.
It's a long way from ER, and a lot closer to most people's experiences. The staff on this ward joke as they go about their daily tasks, leaving humour and dignity to mix as they will.
Getting On is a comedy of characters doing the best they can in a situation we can all relate to; everyone has an elderly relative, parent, grandparent, and difficult choices are the order of the day. It's the scene that awaits all of us – whether we like to admit it or not.
The series is produced by Vera Productions.