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The Thick of It - Complete First Series [DVD] [2005]

Chris Langham , Peter Capaldi , Armando Iannucci    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Chris Langham, Peter Capaldi, Chris Addison, Joanna Scanlan, James Smith
  • Directors: Armando Iannucci
  • Writers: Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Simon Blackwell
  • Producers: Adam Tandy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2007
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NVI29C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,651 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The corridors of Whitehall have, of course, proved a rich trough for comedy in the past, but sitting among the finest must be The Thick Of It, a terrific, insightful and desperately entertaining satire.

This complete first season follows the antics of Hugo Abbot, a simple MP, whose ongoing fight with his party’s spin doctors provides just one richly mined strand for the show. Skilfully mixing drama and comedy, and shot in the increasingly popular fly-on-the-wall documentary style, The Thick Of It manages to be both laugh-out-loud funny, yet eerily scary at the same time.

The credit, clearly, lies with the brains and the cast behind the programme. In front of the camera, both Chris Langham and the seemingly-brutal Peter Capaldi have won the plaudits, but much of the acclaim also needs lying at the doorstep of Armando Iannucci. Iannucci already has a comedy CV that few can rival, both in front of and behind the lens, and it’s testament to the quality of The Thick Of It that it stands next easily next to anything in his back catalogue.

This unmissable DVD brings together all the episodes from the little-seen-yet-rarely-rivalled maiden season (although the Christmas special is missing), and it’s a real comedy treat. Bluntly, The Thick Of It is a modern day classic, and through the DVD release, more people can finally get the chance to see why. --Jon Foster

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Commentary, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The corridors of Whitehall have, of course, proved a rich trough for comedy in the past, but sitting among the finest must be The Thick Of It, a terrific, insightful and desperately entertaining satire. This complete first season follows the antics of Hugo Abbot, a simple MP, whose ongoing fight with his party's spin doctors provides just one richly mined strand for the show. Skilfully mixing drama and comedy, and shot in the increasingly popular fly-on-the-wall documentary style, The Thick Of It manages to be both laugh-out-loud funny, yet eerily scary at the same time. The credit, clearly, lies with the brains and the cast behind the programme. In front of the camera, both Chris Langham and the seemingly-brutal Peter Capaldi have won the plaudits, but much of the acclaim also needs lying at the doorstep of Armando Iannucci. Iannucci already has a comedy CV that few can rival, both in front of and behind the lens, and it's testament to the quality of The Thick Of It that it stands next easily next to anything in his back catalogue. This unmissable DVD brings together all the episodes from the little-seen-yet-rarely-rivalled maiden season (although the Christmas special is missing), and it's a real comedy treat. Bluntly, The Thick Of It is a modern day classic, and through the DVD release, more people can finally get the chance to see why. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...The Thick of It - Series One - 2-DVD Set ( The Thick of It - Entire Series 1 )


Customer Reviews

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The thick end of the wedge! 14 April 2007
Format:DVD
Shamefully hidden away on BBC2 with nowhere near the trumpeting it deserved, The Thick of It seems to be a programme that no-one saw, and more fool them.

Along with Phoenix Nights, this is the best comedy to have come on to British screens in many a long year. I have been desperate to get my hands on a DVD of the series so that I could get all the dialogue I missed by laughing until I was in pain when it was screened on the box! The Thick of It is as dry as it comes and is all the better for it.

Funniest bit? Scrambling for a policy in the back of the car on flip-flop Friday? Hugh's definition of citizenship? Everyone jumping at the chance to happy-slap Olly? Malcom (in general)? Impossible to choose.

Investing in these DVDs will be one of the best financial decisions you'll make this year. I predict that addicts will soon be quoting from the series and identiyfing like-minded souls before too long.

Afterthought - Why hasn't the Christmas special been shown yet on a terrestrial channel?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical Stuff 25 May 2007
Format:DVD
I hadn't seen this on television as I don't live in the UK, but the posibilty of enjoying Chris Langham's dry wit was too much to resist so I took a chance.

Wonderful, hilarious entertainment and lots of laughing out loud. Then you can enjoy it all over again (and again) to catch what you missed first time round. Can't imagine the Corridors of Power really so manic, but probably so! Brilliant. Can't wait for Series 2.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 23 May 2007
Format:DVD
Fantastic. Superb dialogue. A great docudrama of British government, with a wonderful Alastair Campbell character included who swears like a trooper. Much closer to what government is than the mainstream West Wing type offerings, which cannot include the bad tempers, short tempers, poor judgement, politcal spin masters, swearing, and general lack of respect that can permiate such situations. An "Office" for the poltical set. It is just a real pity it has not been shown in the US and is not available on NTSC; BCC America take note and screen this excellent series ASAP.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars Plus 5 May 2007
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One of the funniest, sharpest comedies I have ever seen. Crikey, I wish I could claim credit for having written it!
In The Thick Of It the fictional Government department is all spin and no substance - that is so close to reality that it cannot even be satire. I guess certain bods in Government are cringing. The character of Hugh Abbott is hilarious - bumbling, foolish, naive and in the words of an unsympathetic journo "to the point of being autistic". In contrast, Peter Capaldi's Malcolm - come on, we all know a depiction of Mr Campbell when we see it - is razor sharp, quick thinking, aggressive and utterly terrifying.
Any minister who does not have Malcolm on their side will find themselves in political wilderness before long. Hugh is a hairs breadth away from losing that patronage and more worringly, the PM's wife does not like him.
"Don't worry about it." Malcolm spits. "It isn't personal."
"You're telling me that she fundamentally doesn't like me as a person." Hugh opines, in one of the rare moments he dares to raise his voice at the Director of Communications. "How can I not take that personally?"
Point taken.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime work 2 April 2007
Format:DVD
At last it gets a release! As comedy looks to be increasingly dumbed down with sketch show trash like Little Britain and tacky crap like the IT crowd, with the immensely overrated ricky Gervais getting far too many pats on the back (not least from himself) its good to know Armando Iannucci is still waving the flag for decent, well written, well acted, interesting comedy. The man behind Im Alan Partridge and the Day Today teams up with the writers from Peep Show (the other class act on telly these days) and delivers a knock out political satire for the 21st century. Chronicling the age of spin. Its fantastically, observed and captured. The whole cast is great, Peter Calpadi the obvious initial standout as the terrifying Campbellesque Malcom Tucker. Chris Langham remains understated throughout and delivers class line after class line. Its a shame the 2006 christmas special wasnt included in this package cos it was clever to see how new characters were written in (introducing the conservative opposition!) whilst writing out essentially the main character from series 1, to enable the show to go on.

for a quick pop soundbite, its Yes Minister meets Curb Your Enthusiasm (plenty of improv and frenetic interplay) meets the banter metaphors and similies of peep show.

If you like sharp satire you want to watch again and again, you'll love this.

Iannuci should be knighted.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Political satire at its most essential 17 April 2007
Format:DVD
When I first heard about this, on incredibly pretentious arts show Newsnight Review back in 2005, I new this could be something very special indeed. It was about time some gifted political satirist launched a full-on assault on the workings of the New Labour government, and who better than Lord Armando of Iannucci?

Shot documentary style and played just like real life (we can but hope that the truth of government is not quite as bad, but...), The Thick Of It is almost as much drama as comedy, but don't be put off by that - straddling the fine line between the two genres, the show always seems to get the balance between the two just right. Just like real life, The Thick Of It is often painfully, tragically hilarious.

The show features a frankly magnificent cast of naturalistic performers, including James Smith, Joanna Scanlan and Chris Addison, but there should be no doubt in any viewers mind who the show's real stars are. Peter Capaldi is hilarious and terrifying as foul-mouthed, bullying government spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker ("come the **** in or **** the **** off"); a man who commands terror as well as a bizzare form of respect from all his ministers and minions alike. Speaking of whom, it's Chris Langham as over-worked, put-upon and so very, very tired Social Affairs minister Hugh Abbot, who gives the show (this series, anyway) such weight. Hugh Abbot comes across as a man totally out of touch with the people, and quite possibly with reality.

How precisely The Thick Of It reflects government is, I suppose, debatable. The fact remains, however, that it bears a far greater resemblance to the reality of the situation than any of us should be comfortable with.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Come the F in or F the F off!
Am sure The Thick of It is like Marmite, love or hate. I'm in the love catergory! Funny and you could imagine it being quite accurate. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peaf
2.0 out of 5 stars keep still!!!
watched one and a bit episodes then gave up because of the camera work. I know "shaky cam" is all the rage these days but this is ridiculous. Read more
Published 4 months ago by H. Sharp
5.0 out of 5 stars Excruciatingly witty and shamefully amusing
Splendid. I have avidly watched each series and its gets only better with repeats.

Simply the best political comedy since Yes Minister!!!

Dynamite
Published 4 months ago by Nic Davison
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment at it's best
Excellently crafted show that you daren't take your eyes or ears off for a second lest you miss a hilarious uttering.
Published 13 months ago by Miss C A Coulson
4.0 out of 5 stars Thick of It
Haven't had a chance to watch this series yet, but I'm told by friends that it is very good. Thanks.
Published 19 months ago by Samuel Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
It is possibly the funniest series I have watched, despite the language. The perormances are so well crafted.. Cant wait to get my next series.
Published 20 months ago by Bobby Howes
4.0 out of 5 stars The Thick of It - great show but..
I didn't quite know what to expect when I bought The Thick of It. I wasn't disappointed, but surprised. It is funny but in a bitingly satirical way. Read more
Published 22 months ago by TA
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of a brilliant programme
Although the subsequent series' of 'The Thick Of It' have maintained a high standard, these first 6 episodes are the best of the bunch. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Golactico
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
It's one of the best series I've ever seen!!! Simply brilliant!!!
The character of Malcolm Tucker is really complex and addictive.
I can't wait to see the next season.
Published 23 months ago by Magisma52
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I ordered
Although I love The Thick of It, and recommend the series to anyone, I do not recommend this product as it is only Series 1, whereas it is advertised as Series 1 and 2. Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2012 by chica
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