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Get Well Soon 

The comic everyday lives of a group of patients, doctors, nurses and ancillary staff at a National Health Service hospital during the post-war period.
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Matthew Cottle ...  Roy Osborne 6 episodes, 1997
Eddie Marsan ...  Brian Clapton 6 episodes, 1997
William Osborne William Osborne ...  Jeffry Powell 5 episodes, 1997
Michael Troughton ...  The Padre 5 episodes, 1997
Robert Bathurst ...  Squadron Leader Fielding 5 episodes, 1997
Hugh Bonneville ...  Norman Tucker 4 episodes, 1997
Anita Dobson ...  Mrs. Ivy Osborne 4 episodes, 1997
Patsy Rowlands ...  Mrs. Clapton 4 episodes, 1997
Neil Stacy Neil Stacy ...  Mr. Walpole 4 episodes, 1997
Kate O'Toole Kate O'Toole ...  Sister Shelley 3 episodes, 1997
Sarah Moyle Sarah Moyle ...  The Nurse 3 episodes, 1997
Samantha Beckinsale Samantha Beckinsale ...  Mrs. Howell 3 episodes, 1997
Edwina Ford Edwina Ford ...  The Matron 2 episodes, 1997
John Albasiny ...  The Patient Postman 2 episodes, 1997
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The comic everyday lives of a group of patients, doctors, nurses and ancillary staff at a National Health Service hospital during the post-war period. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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2 November 1997 (UK) See more »

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The characters of Osborne and Clapton are loosely based on Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, who first met in a tuberculosis sanatorium. See more »

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Needs a dose of better writing
6 November 2018 | by istaraSee all my reviews

Get Well Soon has a strong cast but very weak writing. The main weakness is the characters, none of whom are very likeable or funny.

It's possible it was made a decade or so too late: the "wartime sitcom" probably had its heyday in the 1960s and 1970s with Dad's Army and others, possibly to as late as the early nineties with Goodnight Sweetheart. But Goodnight Sweetheart combined the present with the past and had a more interesting and unique concept than Get Well Soon. The concept of long-term patients in a hospital also peaked in the 70s with Only When I Laugh and the Carry On films.

But even taking its setting aside, too many of the characters are odd and unpleasant and weird. Matthew Cottle is basically playing Martin from Game On (no surprise, the two series overlapped) which might have worked if he'd had the right kind of characters around him. But Eddie Marsan as a fellow patient is aggressive and horrible. Anita Dobson as the mother is very unsympathetic. Samantha Beckinsale as a recently widowed wife is just weird and unconvincing. There's an overly silly vicar and Robert Bathurst is completely wasted as a unfunny-mentally-deluded former flying ace (compare to Rik Mayall's "Ace Flashheart" in Blackadder Goes Forth). The "comedy camp" hospital porter is more like a caricature of a "comedy camp" character (as in Ricky Gervais's show-within-a-show When the Whistle Blows/Extras).

I have only watched the first episode of this, so it's possible the series improved. If I managed to see the others I'll give them a try and edit this review if so. But on the strength of this first episode, it's no surprise this "comedy" failed to make a second series.


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