The Thick of It

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  • TV-MA
  • 2005
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.7  (25,760)

The Thick of It is a political satire television show that first aired on BBC America in 2005. The series, created by Armando Iannucci, focuses on the inner workings of the UK government and the various departments within it. The show depicts a fictional government under the administration of the Labour Party and their dealings with the opposition party and the media.

The show's central character is Malcolm Tucker, portrayed by Peter Capaldi, who serves as the director of communications for the government. Malcolm is known for his aggressive and profane outbursts and is feared by all those who come into contact with him. He is often called upon to deal with the government's PR disasters or to contain leaks from within the party. Throughout the show, Malcolm's character is revealed to be a master manipulator, who is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve his goals.

Other notable characters include Hugh Abbott, portrayed by Chris Langham, who is the Minister of Social Affairs. Hugh is a well-meaning but ineffectual politician who is often subject to Malcolm's wrath. Rebecca Front plays Nicola Murray, a junior minister who becomes a target of Malcolm's abuse when she is promoted to the Department of Social Affairs. Chris Addison plays Oliver Reeder, a special adviser to the Prime Minister, who is often the butt of jokes due to his naivete and lack of experience.

The show also features a wide range of supporting characters, including civil servants, journalists, members of the opposition party, and various government officials. Many of these characters are portrayed as bumbling and incompetent, adding to the show's satirical tone.

One of the show's strengths is its realistic portrayal of the inner workings of government. The show's writers consulted with former government officials to ensure accuracy in their depictions of the bureaucratic process. This attention to detail, coupled with the show's biting humor, makes for a compelling and entertaining viewing experience.

The show's production values are also top-notch, with a realistic and gritty aesthetic that adds to the show's realism. The dialogue is often fast-paced and peppered with profanity, making it an edgy and irreverent take on politics.

The show's popularity led to several spin-offs, including a film adaptation and a spin-off show called In the Loop. The show also won numerous awards, including four BAFTAs and a Peabody Award.

Overall, The Thick of It is a smart and biting political satire that is both entertaining and informative. Its realistic portrayal of government, combined with its sharp wit and profane humor, make it a must-watch for anyone interested in politics or satire.

The Thick of It is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (14 episodes). The series first aired on May 19, 2005.

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Episode 8
8. Episode 8
June 23, 2012
As the election draws closer, Malcolm is running out of choices and friends. He receives help from a surprising source.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
June 16, 2012
Nicola and crew search for a recognizable sports star to be the face of the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship's new Healthy Choices campaign. Since Malcolm is not in, they must seek advice from Steve Fleming.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
June 9, 2012
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.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
June 2, 2012
Nicola Murray and Peter Mannion are asked to take part in a BBC Radio 5 Live debate hosted by Richard Bacon.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
May 19, 2012
The team prepare themselves for a visit from shadow minister Peter Mannion.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
May 12, 2012
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.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
May 5, 2012
The press speculate over how long Nicola will last in her new position. The immigration records are accidentally wiped of 170,672 people.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
April 28, 2012
Nicola Murry is promoted to the Cabinet after everyone else turns down the job in the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship.
Where to Watch The Thick of It
The Thick of It is available for streaming on the BBC America website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Thick of It on demand at Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    May 19, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    8.7  (25,760)