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The Thick Of It: The Complete Series 1-3 & Specials [DVD]

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  • Actors: Chris Addison, Rebecca Front, Joanna Scanlan, James Smith
  • Directors: Armando Iannucci, Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Roger Drew, Sean Gray
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 19 April 2010
  • Run Time: 472 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031ASVC0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,197 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Featuring every series, special episode and bonus extra of the BAFTA and British Comedy award winning series. Series 1 was formed of the first three episodes ever made. Then another three episodes were broadcast and called 'Series 2'. Then came the specials. Following on from those came the most recent eight episodes, which were compiled as 'Series 3'. When the first six episodes (Series 1 and 2) came out on DVD, the release merged them into one series and call it 'Series 1', which explains why ‘Series 2’ isn’t available separately on DVD (it’s now part of ‘Series 1’). This release comprises all three series, plus the specials, so there are no unreleased episodes to miss out on.

Welcome to the Ministry for Social Affairs and Citizenship (DoSAC), a government department barely registering on the Today Programme radar, but high-profile enough to receive the attentions of Malcolm Tucker, the government's director of communications, whose ferocity is only matched by his skill in delivering incredible, foul-mouthed tirades.

Successive ministers (Hugh Abbott and Nicola Murray) and their backroom team lie, backstab and hopelessly bluff their way through gaffes, crises, Prime Ministerial resignations and possible election dates – only thankful that Shadow minister, Peter Mannion also has little idea what is going on…

Irreverent, brilliantly sweary and painfully funny, this series smashes its way through the corridors of power in a bulldozer of hilarious farce and sharp satire.

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Subtitles: English for the Hard of Hearing.

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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329 of 331 people found the following review helpful By Sam Woodward TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 May 2010
Format: DVD
This boxset contains series 1-3 & The Specials. Series 4 is not included.

Let's get the confusing, boring bit over with first - series 1 & 2 consisted of only 3 episodes each, originally transmitted in May & October '05. As most BBC comedy series consist of 6 episodes, the BBC decided to confuse everyone by releasing them together as The Complete BBC Series 1 [2005], which is technically series 1 & 2. They then released The Specials (which were two one-hour long episodes transmitted one Christmas & New Year), followed by Series 3, which was 8 episodes. Because of this inconsistency, a lot of people naturally assumed series 2 hadn't been released on DVD when actually it had been. So if you already have the The Complete Series 1 [2005], The Specials & The Complete Series 3 DVD's, then you already have everything on this boxset. The only thing that isn't included is the movie tie-in
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mole TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Feb 2011
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There has been a long tradition of satire in British comedy, particularly relating to politics; and this is some of the most bitingly vicious satire that you will come across. You can think of "Yes Minister" or "Yes Prime Minister" but with a lot of bad language. The programme came out at a time when politicians were getting a very rough time in the media, and for many reasons; there is a suggestion that "The Thick of it" was inspired by actual events and it is possible that it really is closer to the truth than they would prefer we know.

The character of Malcolm Tucker is truly obnoxious; Peter Capaldi is utterly superb and there are times when you can see the veins on his neck stand up as he really gets into the part. However, the other actors also play their various parts incredibly well, and the result is a show that has justifiably won many awards.

The boxed set contains all of the programmes broadcast, as well as the specials that were shown on the BBC "Red Button". The writers went out of their way to exclude any reference to which party was in power, and the specials showed some of the action from the "other side" but again without revealing which was which to maintain an even handedness as they lambast politicians of all stripes.

There are some bonus items which concentrate on how they achieved the look of the programme. I particularly enjoyed the section that showed them filming a scripted version, then the actors re-doing the scene but improvising as they felt appropriate. It was then possible for the editors to take the best from both sets of filming and this gives the programme a spontaneous feeling that enhances the "fly on the wall" approach.

The programme is not suitable for children, those of a delicate disposition or anyone that takes politics too seriously!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven T. Jarvis on 22 Nov 2012
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The day when cutting edge political satire was represented by "Yes, Minister" and "Yes, Prime-Minister" are, sadly long gone... the innocent humour of that time has been archived amongst the classics... The King is dead, long like the new King... Malcolm Tucker; "The Enforcer"

Malcolm Tucker is the very first among equals and is so real a person as to be positively palpable; Whilst Glen, Ollie, Terri and a cast of many set the scene and carry the mayhem delightfully, like a rhapsody of chaos. Malcolm Tucker, the character made manifest by the most excellent Peter Capaldi, is evil in such a way as to be endearing, though he is repulsive and caustic, he is a man of very many talents. There exists a perverse empathy with the man surrounded by fools and the detritus of mankind, a man who is roundly matched by the exceedingly well played Julius Nicholson (Alex MacQueen), the intellectual sparring is a pleasure to watch: The Storm and the Calm!

The creation and the writing of the characters and their surreal and very satirical representations of political life are so beautifully crafted, by Armando Iannucci (with lots of help from the cast), makes excellent and easy comparisons with the works of Dickens, Bulgakov and Wodeouse.

This is, truly, the crudest and most cruel political satire I have seen and I congratulate it for it's genius!!!
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By North Westie on 2 May 2010
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I bought this last weekend intending to spread out my viewing - I've watched all the episodes and most of the extras already because I was enjoying the series so much.

It was great to see series 1 (and 2) again as I hadn't seen the episodes for a while and I enjoyed listening to the commentaries -there seemed to be one for every episode for series 1 (and 2).

I have seen the specials and series 3 more recently but still enjoyed another viewing and seeing the "red button" extra scenes (for episodes 1- 4 of series 3) and the interviews with actors / writers / and political commentators and politicians (for episodes 5-8 of series 3). I found myself noticing things that I hadn't spotted the first or even second time around so it was certainly worth a repeat viewing.

It is particularly funny seeing the programmes so close to the election and as real life seems to be perilously close to mirroring the over the top antics in the series.

I just wish there were more episodes to watch and I hope we will be getting a series 4 in due course. Can't wait.
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