Green Wing is an award-winning British sitcom set in the fictional East Hampton Hospital. It was created by the same team behind the sketch show Smack the Pony - Channel 4 commissioner Caroline Leddy and producer Victoria Pile - and stars Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan and Julian Rhind-Tutt.
Green Wing title screen
|Created by||Victoria Pile|
|Theme music composer||Trellis|
|Opening theme||"Last Week"|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||17 (+1 special and 2 shorts)|
|Executive producer(s)||Peter Fincham|
|Running time||Approx. 50–55 minutes, Special 90 minutes|
|Original network||Channel 4|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Original release||3 September 2004 – 4 January 2007|
Although set in a hospital, it uses no medical storylines; the action is produced by a series of soap opera-style twists and turns in the personal lives of the characters. They proceed through a series of often absurd sketch-like scenes, or by sequences where the film is slowed down or sped up, often emphasising the body language of the characters. The show had eight writers. Two series were made by the Talkback Thames production company for Channel 4.
The series ran between 3 September 2004 and 19 May 2006. One episode, filmed with the second series, was shown as a 90-minute-long special on 4 January 2007 in the UK, but was shown earlier in Australia and Belgium on 29 December 2006.
Green Wing's plot revolves around the lives of the staff of the East Hampton Hospital Trust, a fictional NHS hospital with staff ranging from the slightly unusual to the completely surreal.
The series begins with a new arrival, surgical registrar Caroline Todd (Tamsin Greig). She suffers from constant embarrassment and bad luck, stumbling from one crisis to the next due to a mixture of her own neurosis, impulsiveness, and general misfortune. Caroline works alongside two other doctors: Guy Secretan (Stephen Mangan), an arrogant, half-Swiss, womanising anaesthetist, and "Mac" Macartney (Julian Rhind-Tutt), a suave, desirably fashionable surgeon. It is not long before Caroline begins to develop feelings for both of them, though she is unsure as to which of the two she truly loves. Throughout the series, it becomes clear that Mac is her true love, but a range of misadventures prevent their relationship from flourishing. Other people Caroline meets include Martin Dear (Karl Theobald), a friendly house officer who is constantly failing his exams. He is unloved by his mother and is often bullied by Guy. Martin soon develops feelings for Caroline, and begins to fall in love with her. There is also Angela Hunter (Sarah Alexander), a seemingly-perfect, but irritating, senior registrar in pediatrics. Whilst Angela appears to mean well, Caroline cannot stand her and despite her best efforts to avoid Angela, she ends up as Caroline's lodger.
Caroline's main rival for Mac's affections is Sue White (Michelle Gomez), the Scottish staff liaison officer employed to listen and respond to the problems of East Hampton's staff. However, Sue is perhaps the least suited person for the job; she is mean-spirited, insensitive, unsympathetic, controlling and vain. Her office is a place where the impossible tends to happen, and anyone who enters is normally treated with a mixture of verbal abuse and psychological torture, so she can get back to doing nothing, or thinking about how to upset the next visitor. The only person she treats with any affection is Mac, whom she loves to the point of madness, but Mac, like almost everyone else, tries his best to avoid her. Anyone who attempts to get involved with Mac is treated with contempt and hatred by Sue, in particular Caroline, whom Sue attempts several times to murder.
Perhaps the most eccentric member of staff is Alan Statham (Mark Heap), an overbearing, stuttering and pedantic consultant radiologist, whose everyday actions regularly border on insanity. He is desperately and hopelessly in love with Joanna Clore (Pippa Haywood), the 48-year-old head of human resources with an increasingly sardonic attitude. Their relationship is an open secret, with student doctor Boyce (Oliver Chris), often using it as a weapon against them, bullying Alan constantly. Joanna's human resources staff also use it against her, in particular Kim Alabaster (Sally Bretton), who has a bad attitude towards most of the people she meets, and Naughty Rachel (Katie Lyons), who earned her nickname due to her love of sex. The other HR staff include Harriet Schulenburg (Olivia Colman), an overworked mother of four trapped in an unhappy marriage, and Karen Ball (Lucinda Raikes), who divides her time between doing much of the office's work, trying to attract Martin's affections, and being bullied by Kim and Rachel.
Writers and crewEdit
Green Wing was devised, created and produced by Victoria Pile. She was also the casting director, one of the writers and was involved in the editing, filming and post-production. She described Green Wing as "a sketch-meets-comedy-drama-meets-soap", and a continuation of her previous show, Smack the Pony, where Green Wing's crew also worked. Unusually for a British sitcom, which normally have only one or two writers, the show had eight: Pile, her husband Robert Harley, Gary Howe, Stuart Kenworthy, Oriane Messina, Richard Preddy, Fay Rusling and James Henry.
Pile and her co-writers initially used battery packs to represent characters, moving them around on her desk to develop scenarios for the show. The decision to make the characters doctors came later. Pile recalls that she mentioned to Peter Fincham that a hospital setting would work well and that he subsequently reported that Channel 4 were enthusiastic about a hospital location, which settled the matter. Even later still, a plot was developed and wall charts were used to mark up story arcs.
The show was directed and edited (along with Pile) by Tristram Shapeero and Dominic Brigstocke. Sketches were sped up or slowed down to create comic effect, often using body language to create humour. Editing was also used due to the amount of corpsing that occurred during the filming of the show. Tamsin Greig was said to corpse frequently, and episodes were written to minimise the contact between the characters of Caroline Todd and Alan Statham because Greig found it difficult not to laugh when acting alongside Mark Heap. The music, which plays prominently in the show, was written by Jonathan Whitehead (under the name "Trellis") and won him an RTS Craft & Design Award.
Following her success with Smack the Pony, Channel 4 gave Pile a fairly free hand with her next project. Their only requirement was that it should have enough of a narrative thread to make it more of a sitcom than a sketch show.
The show had a half-hour pilot made in 2002 that was never aired. Scenes from the pilot were used in the first episode, "Caroline's First Day", and can be spotted due to the characters' appearance, most notably Rhind-Tutt's haircut. The pilot allowed the writers to experiment, such as using different filming techniques. In the pilot, Doon Mackichan played Joanna Clore and was meant to play her in the original series, but left when she became pregnant.
Although each script is fully written, the actors are allowed to improvise their own jokes, frequently adding to what has already been written. Normally workshops are used to allow actors to improvise their own material. One example of improvised material was Stephen Mangan's idea of Guy falling in love with Caroline. Rusling, Howe, Messina and Harley all have had speaking parts in the show, most notably Harley playing Charles Robertson, the hospital's CEO. The show's crew also make appearances in the show as extras. For example, Pile's former assistant Phil Secretan (after whom Guy is named) appears at the end of a scene in the first episode. Henry appears in the background during Martin's exam in the episode, "Tests".
The filming was done at two hospitals, the Northwick Park Hospital in Middlesex and the North Hampshire Hospital in Basingstoke. This presented a problem because the show had to work around the real-life hospitals, with their actual doctors, patients and emergency situations. In one scene in the final episode in series one, Guy (Mangan) was hitting squash balls behind him, and nearly hit a patient. However, some scenes, such as those in Sue's and Alan's offices, were filmed in a studio.
Green Wing's title is said to have come from a small plastic green man with wings that was in executive producer Peter Fincham's top pocket, and fell on Pile's desk. Fincham claimed it was not his, so Pile kept it. This plastic man appears at the end of the credits on every show.
Green Wing had some plot lines that were never used. Unused storylines included Alan having an 80-year-old wife and step-grandchildren as old as him, and Guy suffering from impotence. Pile originally wanted the show to cover the entire hospital, not just doctors, but also porters, car park attendants and kitchen staff. However, she eventually decided that they had enough material with the eight main doctors and human resources workers.
Two endings were created for the special. The alternative ending is included on the DVD release of Green Wing, along with deleted scenes from the episode. The alternative ending was planned to be used if a third series was going to be commissioned, as this ending was much more ambiguous. It is known that the actors wanted the alternative ending, but after some debate, it was not shown.
Caroline arrives at East Hampton for her first day of work, where she begins work with Guy and Mac. But soon her chance of a fresh start is ruined when she is forced to spend her second day on the job quashing rumours that she slept with Guy after he put her up for the night. To make things even more difficult, Martin is quickly falling in love with Caroline and hiding it badly, although she does not seem to be picking up on it. Meanwhile, Alan and Joanna maintain their relationship as the worst kept secret in the hospital, but both parties are unsatisfied. Alan wants to shout their relationship from the rooftops, whereas Joanna wants more spontaneity and danger, so quickly turns her affections to Lyndon Jones (Paterson Joseph), the hospital's head of I.T..
The plot line takes a complicated twist when, at the housewarming party of Angela and Caroline, Caroline manages to kiss Guy, Mac, Sue and Martin, but remembers very little of it the next day and has to be reminded by Mac in manageable portions. At the same party, Boyce starts a relationship with Kim. Meanwhile, we discover that Martin is in fact the son of Joanna Clore, not that she wants anyone at the hospital to find out. In fact Joanna has her own problems to deal with, as she spends much of one episode believing that she is pregnant, only to find out that the test results had been mixed up and it was in fact Harriet who was pregnant (again). Alan, elated by the thought that he may become a father, become obsessed with babies and suggests that they try for one when he finds out that Joanna is not in fact pregnant. Joanna, bored of Alan's predictable behaviour, finally decides to end her relationship with him.
Caroline starts to get broody, but is unsure as to whether it is Mac or Guy that she loves as both appear to be premium father material. After spending the afternoon with Guy, much to the chagrin of Mac, Caroline begins to realise that his appearance of paternalism is little more that a act. A love web quickly emerges; Guy loves himself but is pretending to love Caroline; Martin does love Caroline; Caroline loves Mac, as does Sue White; Mac loves his new girlfriend, Emily; Statham loves Jesus, or possibly just the attractive hospital chaplain; and Joanna loves Lyndon, but still wants to prise Alan away from religion.
Sue's jealousy of Caroline reaches new extreme, to the extent of attempted murder, most notably with a cross bow. Both women are devastated to find that Mac is intending to move to Sheffield with his new girlfriend to take up a consultancy position, and won't even be swayed by Sue's offer to kill off one of the consultants at East Hampton in order to create a vacancy. Before he leaves, Mac bets Guy that he would not be able to sleep with Joanna, so Guy picks her up at the leaving party. A the same party, Caroline accuses Emily of being a fake, which turn out to be a misunderstanding, but still achieves its ultimate aim as Emily breaks up with Mac, disgusted that he found the whole affair funny. Mac finds Caroline alone in the hospital and comforts her by telling her three things he felt when she accused Emily, replacing the last with a kiss.
As they are about to leave, Caroline and Mac find out that something has happened at Guy's flat. They arrive to find that Martin had burst into Guy's flat to tell him that Joanna was in fact his birth mother, which he discovered when reading Guy's mail that morning. Guy had subsequently stabbed Martin in the leg with Botox, and when Caroline and Mac arrive in an ambulance Guy steals it in a drunken rage with Mac and Martin in the back. Guy drives the ambulance to Wales, where, in an attempt to avoid a sheep, they drive onto a cliff edge. The series ends with the three of them balanced precariously over the cliff trying to remember the names of The Three Musketeers, and debating which of them they are most like.
Comic Relief sketch (2005)Edit
Mac fends off Sue's advances by saying he will only allow her to touch his arse if she can raise £10,000 for Comic Relief. Sue then proceeds to try to ask Martin, Joanna, Guy and Alan for the money, which she eventually manages to raise, though Mac runs off before she can get hold of him.
Eight weeks after the incident with the ambulance, Mac is in a coma and Guy has been suspended from his job. Caroline is spending too much time with Mac, at least in Sue's opinion, and so she tries to stop her from seeing him. During his coma, Sue steals some of Mac's semen and tries to make herself pregnant. At the end of the first episode, Mac wakes up, but doesn't seem to remember anything in the few days leading up to the accident, much to Caroline's dismay.
Martin and Karen seem to be getting along well, until Martin decides to leave Karen, then changes his mind at the last moment, swallowing her phone in an attempt to destroy the voicemail he left her. Karen later turns the tables and leaves Martin after finding out that he had inadvertently become the pimp of a prostitute he met in A and E for a day. Alan, disgusted by her sleeping with her own son, finally seem to have got over Joanna, and Joanna in turn is again trying to seduce Lyndon. Lyndon, panicking at Joanna's advances, tells her he is going on a date with Harriet who, after their date, feels guilty tells him Lyndon that she can't see him anymore. Harriet is later kicked out by her husband Ian for having an affair.
Just when Caroline thinks she has managed to win Mac back, his former girlfriend Holly (Sally Phillips) returns to the hospital, to replace Angela. Things become even worse when it is discovered that she never had the abortion that was the cause of Mac and Holly's breakup years ago, and that Mac has a son, called Mackenzie. Caroline distances herself from Mac, and Guy starts to fall in love with her, not helped by the fact that he has replaced Angela as her lodger. Caroline however seems to have feelings for Jake Leaf (Darren Boyd), a complementary therapist. Guy takes actions into his own hands and throws a Swiss army knife at Jake, which embeds itself in his scalp. Sue then discovers that Holly is lying, that Mac is not her son's father after all. Holly leaves the hospital. Caroline, excited by the news, leaves Jake in an attempt to win Mac back (and not just because it rhymes).
When Alan becomes unusually happy after winning an internet caption competition, Joanna plans to take him down a peg. Using her dwarf cousin(Big Mick), dressed up in green body paint, she plans to scare him. The plan backfires when Alan is so scared, he beats Joanna's cousin to death with a stuffed heron. Alan and Joanna throw the body into the incinerator, but become paranoid that they will be discovered. Alan however learns from Boyce that the death is being viewed as a suicide, so Alan and Joanna go on a rampage, thinking themselves above the law.
After the death of a patient known as "Yo-yo Man" who offers them wise advice, Guy, Mac and Martin all decide to propose to Caroline. She rejects Martin, considers the offer from Guy, and Mac appears to be unable to form a proposal. Mac then tells Caroline to meet him at the train station, via the traditional medium of a letter carried by a model train set, but things yet again go wrong for the couple as Mac discovers that he is dying of a terminal disease and drives off into the distance on his motorbike. Guy goes to the train station to get a final look at what he is losing, only to find Caroline there believing that Mac has let her down again, and now willing to accept his proposal. Meanwhile, in the HR department, Karen is sitting on a windowsill, believing that there are Clangers in the office. Whilst on the phone to a friend, Rachel opens the window, tipping Karen out in the process. As the day continues, no one seems to notice her absence.
The police arrive at the hospital. Alan and Joanna believe that they will be arrested, and with Boyce's help escape from the hospital in a stolen camper van. When they discover that Martin is hidden in the back of the van, Alan, panicking, drives into a field, and series two ends in the same way as series one, with the van hanging over the edge of a cliff.
Secret Policeman's Ball sketch (2006)Edit
A sketch was performed for Amnesty International's Secret Policeman's Ball, with performances from Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Michelle Gomez. Mangan and Rhind-Tutt appeared in two sketches.
When the announcer at the ball asks if there is a doctor in the house, Mac puts his hand up, to Caroline's embarrassment. Things get more embarrassing when Guy also volunteers, and asks why Caroline is sitting next to Mac when she is Guy's fiancée. A unconscious patient lies on an operating table. Guy touches her breasts, takes pictures of her naked body under the blanket, and kisses her. Caroline alleges that the patient is transgender, which repels Guy. Sue White then appears in a tutu, claiming that the patient is stalking Mac, and repeating the assertion that the patient is transgender.
The episode begins with the funeral of Angela, who departed the show during the second series, after being killed by a moose, at least according to Guy. Mac, after a month's leave, discovers what has happened between Caroline and Guy, and although hurt, makes no attempt to interfere. Guy, on learning of Mac's terminal illness, tells Caroline to marry Mac instead of him.
Meanwhile, Alan and Joanna are still on the run, rescued by Martin who calls the AA. Whilst on their journey, they accidentally kill three more people, a mechanic, a shop assistant and a policeman. Soon, they decide that, with no transport, money or employment, the only option is suicide. They are last seen, naked, walking hand-in-hand towards the sea. Meanwhile, Karen returns to work after her fall, but has changed drastically. She has become more confident and has developed better dress sense. Boyce ends up missing Alan, after his replacement turns out to be even more horrible. With Joanna gone, the office girls start to run riot, as in The Lord of the Flies. They form their own tribe and become hostile to anyone who enters the department.
Mac and Caroline finally marry, despite Mac's terminal illness (the exact nature of which is never disclosed, although Mac does tell Guy that its name has an "a" and an "e" in it). Sue gets over her obsession with Mac and finds love with a new man, who reciprocates her feelings. The episode concludes with Caroline being carried into the air by a mass of helium filled balloons at the wedding reception, although on the DVD boxset extras it shows an alternate ending where Guy and Mac grab onto Caroline's ankles and are taken to the sky with her; this alternative ending ends with Mac saying, "Caroline, there's something I've been meaning to tell you."
Green Wing contains running jokes. These include Guyball, a sport invented by Guy when he was at public school, with somewhat confusing rules. The basic object of the game is to throw a ball into a "Topmiler", a basket attached to a helmet. This game was even played at the Wingin' It Green Wing Convention.
Another signature joke is the frequent visits by main characters to Sue White's office, in which these characters expect Sue to act as some kind of psychiatric counselor to them, only to be thwarted by Sue's ever more peculiar behaviour.
Also, Guy often says things that are inappropriate and sexually explicit and after noticing the reaction from the person to whom he is speaking, follows his comment with "... let me finish" and a clarification. After trying to teach Martin this method in the very first episode, Guy also regularly attempts to pick up women throughout the two series by talking on his phone and saying "I'll see you in Zurich", in an attempt to sound "jet-setty".
Another Green Wing series of running jokes is about hair. One of the more notable was various cracks about Mac's untidy hair, with Sue lending him a hair tie and hair clips before he goes in for an interview. Another was the character Karen getting her hair trapped in a printer in the first episode. Mac was often referred to as a Ginger by the other characters. Guy's hair becomes gradually curlier as the series goes on and Rachel dyes her hair from blonde to brunette after the first series. Other recurring jokes include Boyce's practical jokes, the bizarre games played by the human resources staff and surgery scenes where Caroline, Guy and Mac mess around while performing operations.
- Sarah Alexander - Angela Hunter
- Sally Bretton - Kim Alabaster
- Oliver Chris - Boyce
- Olivia Colman - Harriet Schulenburg
- Tamsin Greig - Caroline Todd
- Michelle Gomez - Sue White
- Pippa Haywood - Joanna Clore
- Mark Heap - Alan Statham
- Katie Lyons - Naughty Rachel
- Stephen Mangan - Guy Secretan
- Lucinda Raikes - Karen Ball
- Julian Rhind-Tutt - "Mac" Macartney
- Karl Theobald - Martin Dear
The show has received generally very positive reviews. The Evening Standard said that it was "a comedy as physically adroit as it was verbally sharp", and The Guardian said that "Channel 4’s hospital sitcom is the most innovative comedy since, well, The Office." In a review of television in 2006, Kathryn Flett in The Observer voted it one of the top ten TV programmes of the year. In Broadcast magazine, the second series was voted joint-second best comedy series in 2006. In South Africa, where Green Wing is broadcast on BBC Prime, The Sunday Times of South Africa voted the show the best DStv programme of 2007. Composer Daniel Pemberton wrote that the soundtrack to Green Wing was, "One of the most innovative TV soundtracks in recent years." Famous fans of Green Wing include novelist Ian Rankin and comedian Catherine Tate.
Criticisms of Green Wing include the lazzi methods of filming and the overall length of the episodes, claiming that hour-long episodes are too long. The show won the 2005 and 2006 Comedy Tumbleweed Awards for "Worst Camerawork". Some were also critical of what was seen as a decline in quality when the second series began. Cathy Pryor in The Independent on Sunday said that, "Sadly, though, since I'm something of a fan, I have to report that the first episode of the second series is, disappointingly, rather flat. To be fair, there were a couple of laugh-out-loud moments - Dr Statham banging his head and falling down being one of them - but the whole [thing] didn't quite gel. Or should that be coagulate? I'll stop making bad jokes now since I'm still not as funny as anyone in the show. But I sincerely hope that the opener is a one- off and not a sign that Green Wing is going down the pan."
Similar comments were made by A. A. Gill. When the first series was broadcast, he praised the cast and characters, but commented negatively on the filming style and dramatic qualities. He also said:
"...it was one of the most freshly funny and crisply innovative comedies for years. The humour was all based in the character, not the situation. The story lines were negligible; there were no catch phrases; it was surreal in a way we hadn’t seen since Monty Python; and the cast were actors being funny from inside a characterisation, not stand-up comics bolting a cartoon persona onto the back of gags."
Subsequently, Gill attacked the first episode of series two, in particular the use of a dream sequence at the beginning of the episode. He wrote,
"Now, every 11-year-old knows dream sequences are the lowest form of plotting solution, lower than unexplained superpowers such as the ability to stop time or become invisible; even lower than a magic get-better potion. Within two minutes, Green Wing had destroyed itself, lost its assured grip on the cliff of comedy and tumbled into the abyss of embarrassing overacting, formless gurning and pointless repetition. What had once looked Dada-ishly brilliant now looked like stoned improv from a show-off's drama school. The lack of plot and coherent narrative that previously had been a blessed freedom was revealed to be a formless free-for-all, brilliant performances as silly mannerisms. Nothing I've seen this year has disappointed me as sharply as the second series of Green Wing. As Tom Paine so poignantly pointed out, only a step separates the sublime from the ridiculous."
The rest of the series received some praise and, in a 2009 article, Gill - writing about the current comedy output at the time - said: "Show me a funny indigenous comedy series; show me one that has been made in the past five years, other than Green Wing."
|DVD Name||Release dates||Contents||Extras|
|Region 2||Region 4|
|Green Wing: The Complete First Series||3 April 2006||2 January 2008||All 9 episodes in a 3 disc set in a bespoke digipak with translucent slipcase.||Deleted scenes, Audio Commentaries with Cast & Crew (Episodes 1, 2, 5 & 9 only), "Behind The Scenes" Featurette, Cast & Crew Biographies|
|Green Wing: The Complete Second Series||2 October 2006||7 January 2010||All 8 episodes in a 3 disc set in a bespoke digipak with translucent slipcase.||Deleted scenes, Audio Commentaries with Cast & Crew (Episodes 4 (two versions), 6 & 8 only), "Behind The Scenes" Featurette, Cast & Crew Biographies|
|Green Wing: The Complete First & Second Series||2 October 2006||—||A box set containing both the series 1 and series 2 DVDs.||The same as series 1 and 2.|
|Green Wing: Special||8 January 2007||—||The full 90 minute episode||Deleted scenes, Audio Commentaries with Cast & Crew, "Behind The Scenes" Featurette, Alternative ending, Cast & Crew Biographies|
|Green Wing: The Definitive Edition||15 October 2007||—||All 18 episodes on 7 discs, plus a special bonus disc.||Same as Series 1, 2 and special, plus phenomena documentary, music tracks, extra deleted scenes and a 12-page booklet.|
The first series scripts were released as Green Wing: The Complete First Series Scripts in paperback on 22 October 2006 (ISBN 1-84576-421-8), by Titan Books. The book contains bonus material made exclusively for the book and previously unseen photos.
The soundtrack, entitled Green Wing: Original Television Soundtrack by Trellis was released by Silva Screen on 8 October 2007. It contains 23 tracks of the best of Jonathan Whitehead's Original Music created for the show.
It is available (both complete series) on Channel 4 on Demand and on the LoveFilm instant streaming service run by Amazon in the United Kingdom. Series 1 is available on U.S. Netflix as of August 2016.
Awards and nominationsEdit
Green Wing won the first BAFTA Pioneer Audience Award in 2005. This is the only BAFTA award that is voted on by the general public. Pippa Haywood won the 2005 Rose d'Or for "Best Female Comedy Performance". Tamsin Greig won an award at the RTS Awards in 2005 for "Best Comedy Performance". Jonathan Whitehead won "Best Original Score" at the RTS Craft & Design Awards 2005.
Green Wing has also won a number of times in The Comedy.co.uk Awards, including the "Comedy Of The Year" award in 2006.
The cast, crew and writers of Green Wing have shown no interest in creating a third series because of scheduling difficulties due to new projects being undertaken by the creators and talkbackTHAMES not having a big enough budget. However, creator Victoria Pile mentioned in a 2007 interview in the Radio Times that she may do a spin-off, saying, "I'm hoping to do another Channel 4 comedy imminently, possibly starring some of the same cast. Hopefully, it will be some kind of spin-off from Green Wing."
In 2009, Pile and most of the writing team behind Green Wing created a sitcom pilot set in a university entitled Campus, which features similar concepts to Green Wing, including improvisation. The motto of the university is "with wings", a reference to the show. The pilot was broadcast as part of Channel 4's Comedy Showcase. A full series began in 2011, but was cancelled after one series.
A Green Wing convention called "Wingin' It" was organised to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, and took place on 13 January 2007 at the Brook Green Hotel, Hammersmith. A DVD of the convention is to be released.
There was a special appearance by Green Wing cast at the British Film Institute, on 17 January 2007. Pile, Greig, Mangan and Rhind-Tutt appeared. Some of the other writers, as well as Theobald and Heap, were in the audience. The event was hosted by John Lloyd. Green Wing appeared in an episode of the BBC documentary series Imagine, entitled A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Studio. Some of the funeral scenes from the special were shown, and the presenter of the show, Alan Yentob, appeared as one of the mourners.
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