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'Getting On' US HBO remake is fantastic, says Joanna Scanlan

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Getting On writer and star Joanna Scanlan has told Digital Spy that she has seen the pilot episode of the HBO remake of her medical sitcom, and has described the US version as fantastic.

HBO's remake of the BBC comedy stars Family Guy's Alex Borstein, Laurie Metcalf and Niecy Nash taking on the roles made popular in the UK version by Jo Brand, Vicki Pepperdine and Scanlan.

Joanna Scanlan 'Heading Out'

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Joanna Scanlan in 'Heading Out'



Speaking about the HBO pilot, Scanlan said: "We have had some input. In fact we've actually seen an edit of it recently, which I thought was fantastic.

"It's really, really well done and I like it very much and we really hope HBO pick it up [for a series]. It's very truthful to the original spirit of the show, yet they've been able to make it their own.

"Alex Borstein from Family Guy has my role, she's very funny in it.

"We told them not to cast it how we three look and look instead for inner Dens, inner Kims and inner Pippas. They needed to find three actresses with chemistry rather than three people who looked like us."

Alex Borstein

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Alex Borstein



Scanlan was more cagey about the future of the British show, claiming that at the moment they don't have any more series or episodes scheduled.

"At the moment we're all working on other things," she said.

"We probably need to go away for a while, gather up some experiences and try to bring something fresh to it with the main characters and the patients. Plus, the NHS is always changing so it's nice to come at that each time differently."

Scanlan is currently starring in Sue Perkins's BBC sitcom Heading Out, which airs on Tuesdays on BBC Two.

Watch a clip of Heading Out below:

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