Jo Brand writing and starring in new BBC Four comedy ‘Going Forward’

BBC Four has commissioned a new comedy series from comedian, writer and actress Jo Brand.

Going Forward will see Brand reprise the character of Kim Wilde from BBC Four’s hospital sitcom Getting On, which ran from 2009 to 2012.

The new three-part comedy series will air later this year.

Jo Brand commented: “Having failed the auditions for Darts Players’ Wives, it’s lovely to slip into a glamorous lilac nurses tunic and step into the exotic world of community health care.”

Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning added: “Jo’s naturalism as a performer is mesmerising, the casting is spot on and the writing is sublime. This is the world of zero-hours contracts alongside juggling the responsibilities and demands of that middle generation with demanding children and evermore dependent parents. It’s a world Jo knows well as she brings truth, depth, heart and humour to our everyday world. It’s a great accompanying series to The Detectorists in cementing BBC Four’s reputation for the biggest names in British comedy to make distinctive and heartfelt comedy centred around ordinary lives, whilst tackling broader themes about contemporary society.”

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The official synopsis reads: “Employed by a failing outsource provider as a Care Assistant in the community, Kim receives little more than the minimum wage for a package which consists of unpaid overtime, management bullying and horrendous shifts. Her daily slog is matched only by that of her husband, Dave (Omid Djalili), a self-employed private hire driver battling long days and grumpy customers, with only the rattlings of fellow driver Terry (Tom Davis) to fill the endless hours of waiting.

“Add to the above an ailing mum, three kids, a dog called Carpet, an unfinished extension and a sister Jackie with a plan to sort out all their woes at a stroke. Going Forward is a universal tale and holds a mirror to modern Britain and the sacrifices made as lives are put on hold for the sake of others. The unique series treads its own fine line between tragedy and triumph to add its own bittersweet voice to this well-trodden ground.

“Three episodes. Three days. Three chances to eavesdrop on a day in the life of the Wildes.”

Are you looking forward to Going Forward? Let us know below…

  • Matthew Hewitt

    Excellent news. ‘Getting On’ was hugely underrated and sadly cut off in it’s prime. How it will work without Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlon remains to be seen, but as Jo Brand was the true star of the original, it’s chances are good.

  • Wizza

    Okay, that’s an odd idea. A very odd idea. Reserving judgement.