The Thick of It 6 Seasons 2005

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1. The Thick Of It - Episode 1 AGES_18_AND_OVER

Cliff Lawton, the Minister for Social Affairs, is having a meeting with Number Ten?s Chief Political Advisor, Malcolm Tucker. There have been press rumours that the Minister is to be sacked. Lawton is told that none of these stories have come from Number Ten.

Starring:
Chris Addison, Peter Capaldi
Runtime:
29 minutes

The Thick Of It - Episode 1

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Armando Iannucci
Starring Chris Addison, Peter Capaldi
Supporting actors James Smith, Joanna Scanlan
Season year 2005
Network BBC Worldwide
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S.M. Gidley on 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Barbwire on 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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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Mackintosh on 23 May 2007
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bianca White VINE VOICE on 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cid Highwind is dead on 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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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Mooney on 2 April 2007
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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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