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

Chris Addison , Rebecca Front , Armando Iannucci , Jesse Armstrong    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
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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 (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031ASVC0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,985 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Box Set, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Featuring every series, special episode and bonus extra of the BAFTA and British Comedy award winning series. 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. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...The Thick of It - Complete Series 1-3 - 6-DVD Box Set ( The Thick of It - The Complete Boxed Set )


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321 of 323 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Series 2 IS included (sort of) 12 May 2010
By Sam Woodward TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit too close to the truth 6 Feb 2011
By Mole TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If only there were more episodes to watch 2 May 2010
Format:DVD
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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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightning in a Bottle! 29 Aug 2010
Format:DVD
THE THICK OF IT is everything television should be: smart, funny, and completely none-sparing. Having seen IN THE LOOP and finding it one of the clearest, if most brutal, statements on our joint madness in the Middle East (David Hare eat your heart out), I found Armando Iannucci's elder child on the Amazon site. Even though it was unavailable and completely unheard of over here in the US, I bought it sight-unseen. It was as good as, perhaps better than, the film. Peter Capaldi's Malcolm Tucker makes Machiavelli's Prince look like Tinky Winky. The supporting cast is uniformly brilliant; the episodes sustain their potency throughout the three series and two specials. The extras on the DVD collection provide terrific commentary and a wealth of deleted scenes that are better than anything we've got going over here by a wide, wide margin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!!
Just my sense of humour, really enjoyed the series, definitely recommend it to all my friends who share the same sarcastic sense of fun
Published 3 days ago by Cherry S J Philp
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I guess this is a 21st Century version of the old and much loved "Yes Minister" series. However it is anything but a remake of it in that it presents a very different... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Chris J. Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars The Thick Of It: The Complete Series 1-3 & Specials [DVD]
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Published 26 days ago by Atticus Kane
5.0 out of 5 stars Hours of FUN ! BLEEEEEEP !
I adore Mr Capaldi and Ms Front in this, so cruel so funny ! Its how you see the government now ! Hours of great entertainment !
Published 1 month ago by heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Thick of it
Peter oh Peter is there nothing you do that is not good? Now in BBC Dr Who and The Musketeers this is an earlier example of Peter's great work. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. E. Goody
5.0 out of 5 stars Capaldi for PM
The family love Capaldi and are so excited about him being the new Doctor! So they needed to revisit this series. Seriously though he would cut thru a lot of the *? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark
2.0 out of 5 stars Is this what passes for humour these days?
Everybody was saying this was one to see, so we got it. It warns you about the foul-mouthed tirades of the characters and so on - fair enough. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Coobagal
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic DVD set
Watched this when it was on the TV, and needed to see it again when I want want too. A*
Published 5 months ago by Mr. P. Daulby
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The funniest show you'll see just great...highly recommend ...Malcom Tucher is by far the star of the show followed closely by his Scottish sidekick
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