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Acclaimed comedy drama Getting On returns to BBC Four for second series

Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine are reunited on female medical ward B4 for a second series of this comedy of characters "getting on" with the endless procedures and minor crises in this overlooked backwater of the health service.

Devised, written and performed by all three cast and directed by Peter Capaldi, Getting On is a bleakly hilarious, honest and quietly compassionate story of a typical ward that none of us want to end up on, yet where many of us will.

Some time has passed since we were last on B4. Nurse Kim Wilde (Jo Brand) is ploughing through her training modules, a consequence of the incident with Matron Hilary Loftus (Ricky Grover), while other unresolved conflicts simmer.

Sister Den Flixter (Joanna Scanlan) is juggling her off-on relationship with Hilary, Doctor Pippa Moore (Vicki Pepperdine) has to compete for her own job with re-structuring on the agenda, and the prospect of a brand-new wing is dangled in front of the staff as the builders move in.

New admissions bring new problems but, in Getting On, the real challenge is getting on with life in a world where few things move on.

Getting On is made by Vera for BBC Four. Produced by Geoff Atkinson for Vera, and executive produced by Simon Lupton for the BBC.

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