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The Thick of It is a television series about a minister who works for Social Affairs. In this series Number 10's policy enforcer begins to stalk the minister constantly, and he tries to cope with working with a group of secular helpers who are not dependable.

Saturday 11:59 PM et/pt on BBC America
1 Season, 14 Episodes
May 19, 2005
Cast: Chris Addison, James Smith, Peter Capaldi, Joanna Scanlan
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  • As the election draws closer, Malcolm is running out of choices and friends. He receives help from a surprising source.

  • Malcolm Tucker is in charge during the Prime Minister's stay in Spain. Nicola is set to launch her Fourth Sector Initiative but is thrown off course when the press say they prefer a leadership contest be launched.

  • Nicola Murray and Peter Mannion are asked to take part in a BBC Radio 5 Live debate hosted by Richard Bacon.

  • The team prepare themselves for a visit from shadow minister Peter Mannion.

  • Nicola finds herself stuck in a hotel room in Eastbourne. With Ollie's help she finds to finalise her speech for the annual party conference. Glenn brings in his secret weapon, Julie Price, a people's champion and a photo opportunity.

  • The press speculate over how long Nicola will last in her new position. The immigration records are accidentally wiped of 170,672 people.

  • Nicola Murry is promoted to the Cabinet after everyone else turns down the job in the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship.

  • The Department for Social Affairs has moved into a new multi-ministry building, but the new offices aren't as good as expected, and Hugh returns from holiday to find out that he has a meeting with the Education Select Committee on the next day. At his meeting Hugh accidentally lies to the Select Committee and mistakenly sends a rude email to an 8 year old girl, also named Glenn Cullen; it doesn't look good for Hugh once the press find out...

  • A reshuffle of the Department for Social Affairs has been announced and a Number 10 advisor is investigating the structure of all government departments. Hugh wants a new policy announcement to gain ground with the PM and Malcolm and Julius (the government advisor) clash horns over their closeness to the PM and therefore what they can get away with. Hugh decides to throw a press party to make the department and himself look good, but there is a problem; and Malcolm tries to take down Julius.

  • While visiting a factory, Hugh is subjected to a tirade from an irate worker. Junior Adviser Ollie warns Malcolm the outburst could lead to bad publicity, but the chief policy adviser is more interested in finding out about the opposition's schemes - courtesy of his hapless subordinate's latest girlfriend.

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