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The Thick of It - Series 4 [DVD]


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  • Actors: Rebecca Front, Peter Capaldi, Roger Allam, Chris Addison, Vincent Franklin
  • Directors: Natalie Bailey, Billy Sneddon, Becky Martin
  • Producers: Armando Iannucci, Adam Tandy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov 2012
  • Run Time: 225 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008RA5Q3G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,198 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Thick of It - Series 4

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tom on 20 Nov 2012
Format: DVD
Oh, how great it was to see some of my favorite characters again! Ben Swain, Malcolm Tucker, Glenn Cullen and Terri Coverly are my particular favourites but to me the absolute perfect character is Peter Mannion. Roger Allam plays him brilliantly, a tired politician who has stopped trying and hates his career. To me, he is most lifelike, a bitter, sarcastic but still principled man who hates the way his party is going. Every line he gave had me laughing. "He was homeless only in the sense that he had no home" had me laughing for half an hour. His squabbles with Stewart Pierson are hilarious.

But every character and actor get a chance to shine in this season. Malcolm is still a gusher of inventive swearwords, still as evil as Voldemort but this time around he has been slightly defeated. Nicola Murray is still the gaff-prone klutz, Olly is still the self-centered jerk, Terri is still as oblivious as ever and Glenn Cullen is still by far the most sympathetic character in the whole of the Thick of It. Much praise to James Smith for his portrayal. The speech at the end of the last episode was superb and I hope he will at least be nominated for an acting award. The only character you can't loath.

Ianucci has said that this is probably the last series of the Thick of It, I really hope it's not. I want to see these characters again. "Veep" was a fun show but it didn't come close to being as good as the Thick of It.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Feb 2013
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The Thick of It is a modern day classic of British TV and is great if you're a fan of either politics or comedy, although if you have a good understanding of British politics, you're bound to understand more of the references.

If you have never seen the show before, treat yourself and watch it from the beginning. It'll definitely help with knowing more about the characters.

Season four may not be the strongest series overall, as the opening episodes start off a little weaker than what is to come, but it soon picks up the pace and the latter episodes are up there with the best of them

Season 4 is quite a bit different to the previous series, largely because the previous ones have focused on the (fictional) Labour government. But, as The Thick of It always stays topical, we're now treated to the same show `coalition style.' This has attracted some criticism from fans, not liking the new set-up. However, I found it the natural progression of the show and the fact that it still works is a reminder of just how flexible the show really is.

The last couple of episodes are a little different to the rest as they're based on the Leverson enquiry - these ones aren't `laugh out loud funny,' but they're an integral part of the story and foreshadows what is to come

I would say the only downside to the season is that it's the last. Once it's ended it still leaves you with a sad feeling knowing that it's all over now and a thirst for more. I'm sure if the writers wanted to continue it they could, but they've decided to call time on it before it got stale.

Enjoy it for being the greatest political comedy since Yes Minister (and certainly the most sweary!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By si on 10 Sep 2013
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I've loved the thick of it since the first series. I always thought it was a shame that Chris Langham had to go but the wonderfully inept Nicola Murray had me laughing away as she messed up everything she touched.

but the 4th and probably last series has it all. the brilliant Roger Allam is back as Peter Mannion. his spats with his jargon spouting spin doctor Stewart Pearson is worth a series in its self and put him in with his Coalition junior partners is also a recipe for some brilliant comedic confrontations.

and, finally, Malcolm. the man who the show is built around. now in opposition, with Murray the leader of his party and messing it up what is the master spin doctor going to do? he needs her out and the oily Dan Miller in.

can he do it? and at what cost?

all the other regulars are there swopping insults and a shocking ending to boot.

superb! buy now!
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As the BBC released the first three series and the two specials as a box set, this is essential to add to your collection if you are as much of a Thick Of It fan as I have become.

Completing the releases of the series on DVD, Series 4 sees the Government of Labour Party stalwarts in opposition and the Conservatives in coalition with the LibDems. Nicola Murray, the hapless Minister from series 3 is now the Leader of the Opposition thanks to a technicality and Malcolm Tucker becomes a brooding and powerless figure in the background. New characters now run DoSAC, including the brilliant Roger Allam as new Minister Peter Mannion.

The series takes a slightly darker turn at times, as machinations lead to a death and a public enquiry that threatens to end careers and put characters at risk of prison. Still extremely witty, but with a lot less Capaldi as other characters take up the storylines in a new political situation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Baggieman on 4 Oct 2013
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The best in its class; and VEEP, the US version (sort of) is almost as good. But Season 4 is very different from the previous, so be prepared, particularly the enquiry episode.
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