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HBO Orders Pilot Adaptation of UK Comedy GETTING ON

Deadline.com reports that HBO has ordered a pilot adaptation of the award-winning BBC Four medical comedy GETTING ON. The project is from Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, who co-wrote the adaptation. BBC Worldwide Productions will also produce.

GETTING ON takes place in a female geriatric care center at a broken down hosptal. It will follow "put-upon nurses, anxious doctors and administrators as they struggle with the darkly comic, brutally honest and quietly compassionate realities of caring for the elderly in an overwhelmed healthcare system."

The British version was created by and starred Jo Brand, Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine, who will all executive producers the HBO adaptation. Scheffer commented that the subject matter of the show had a personal meaning to him. ”When we proposed the reformat to BBC Worldwide and HBO, the issues in elder care were very personal to both of us; Mark’s and my mother were in their 90s and attending to their care had come to be a big part of our lives,” Scheffer said. “Getting On nailed that world with its deadpan humor and deep humanity.”

The cable network recently greenlighted the comedy pilot, 'Hello Ladies' from Stephen Merchant.

Photo courtesy of BBC Four

 

 

 


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