Jo Brand’s Damned cancelled by Channel 4

Channel 4 has opted not to press ahead with further episodes of Damned, Jo Brand’s social worker sitcom, which debuted in 2016 and returned for a second series earlier this year. Sadly, for fans of the show, Channel 4 will not be making a third series of Damned.

Jo Brand wrote the series (with comedian collaborators Will Smith and Morwenna Banks) and starred in it (with Alan Davies, Kevin Eldon, Isy Suttie and Lolly Adefope). But the news of the cancellation came from an unlikely source: David Badiel, partner to Morwenna Banks, let the news slip on Twitter.

Badiel said this: “Sadly just heard @Channel4 have decided not to commission another series of the brilliant Damned. This is despite the last series getting across-the-board five star reviews. Slightly baffled.”

Plentiful fans made their voices heard, after Badiel’s Tweet, which prompted the show’s production company – What Larks! – into posting their own message.

“The incredible response to @Baddiel’s tweet is testimony to the extraordinary following #Damned @c4 had”, the Tweet from What Larks stated. “Don’t worry, we are on the search for money & partners. We will bring Damned back”

Here’s hoping that the team from What Larks are successful in finding a new home for the show, and that Brand’s stellar series can continue at a new home.

As for Channel 4, they released this statement:

“Across two series of Damned, Jo Brand, Morwenna Banks and the What Larks! team created a warm, poignant, and pointed comedy of which we’re incredibly proud. However, with a number of other brand new comedy series already commissioned for 2019, there are currently no plans for a third series.”

We’ll let you know as we hear more.

Chortle