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The Thick of It 6 Seasons

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A special episode of The Thick of It.

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Chris Addison, Peter Capaldi

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1. The Thick Of It - Special - Spinners and Losers

The Prime Minister has resigned six months too early and all hell has broken loose at Number 10. Malcolm Tucker's political career hangs in the balance. He has just seventeen hours to spin himself back into power, and it's going to be the longest night of his life.

AGES-18-AND-OVER 3 July 2007 59 minutes
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Product Details

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

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I came in a little late to the The Thick Of It party, so these two specials were my first experience of the show, and I was immediately hooked - it really is as good as you may have heard!

Though watching the first series would help with knowledge of the main players, the key characters introduce themselves very effectively, and a whole raft of new characters helps to fill out the political spectrum after the departure of Chris Langham's Hugh Abbot MP. The introduction of the backward and foppish Opposition, and their PR officer's fight to bring them into the 21st century, is a joy to behold. Also featured is the grooming of a Junior Minister for Immigration, Ben Swain, advisor Olly Reeder's hopeless relationship with a member of the Opposition, and the infamous Malcolm Tucker fighting tooth and claw (does he know any other way?) for his political career with the resignation of the PM.

The writing in this series is terrific, and there isn't a single dud character, from the public-schooled opposition minister Peter Mannion to Tucker's even more vicious and foul-mouthed pitbull sidekick Jamie MacDonald.

These are two fantastic episodes which are a welcome addition to my DVD shelf - I can't wait for series 2!
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I wonder if the BBC is releasing this to coincide with the release of In The Loop?! After all, they were shown on TV about 18 months ago and could quite easily have followed up or, even better, been on the original The Thick of It DVD (which is only six half-hour episodes).

Cynicism aside, these two are well worth having and are by far the funniest programmes to come out of the BBC in many a long year. Despite the absence of Chris Langham (for obvious reasons) there if no drop in quality and the focus switches in the first episode, The Rise of the Nutters, to the reluctant modernisation of Peter Mannion, Hugh Abbot's opposite number in the Conservative Party, and in the second, Spinners and Losers, to the machinations of various factions when the PM says his going to stand down.

Despite the brilliance of everyone in this, it is, of course, Peter Capaldi, who stands out as Malcolm Tucker, a character who takes swearing to new heights. In these episodes Capaldi's performance makes Tucker into his own perfect comic creation rather than having people wonder if he's just impersonating Alistair Campbell. Roger Allan is also superb as Peter Mannion as is Vincent Franklin as Stewart Pearson, the Tories' finger-on-the-pulse PR guru ("Are you an Ameri-can, Peter, or an Ameri-can't?").

Well written, fantastically acted, dangerously funny, this is as quotable as it gets. If you don't find it hilarious, you probably need help.
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If you are a fan of comedy that is quick witted and intelligent, then this dvd is a must-buy. Some of the lines are razor-sharp and are guaranteed to have you laughing out loud. One word of warning - if you are easily offended by a lot of swearing, then avoid! If, like me, this doesn't bother you, then I strongly recommend this fabulous dvd.
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This DVD package contains both post-Chris Langham 'Specials' and both episodes are special in that some of the lesser lights of The Thick Of It cast now take centre stage.

The first disc contains 'The Rise Of The Nutters' in which the Opposition are the focus along with some Government back room staff and ministerial wannabes.If you can cope with the strong language there are some genuine laugh out loud moments here and even without Chris Langham,who played the inept Hugh Abbott in Seasons 1 and 2,this first 'special' has much to commend it.

The second disc features 'Spinners and Losers' which finds Malcolm Tucker,played with ferocious intensity by Peter Capaldi,on the back foot fighting for his political life.While not having the same cleverness as 'The Rise Of The Nutters',this second 'special' does benefit from repeated viewings.

On the whole these DVDs will compliment your collection,particularly if you enjoyed Seasons One and Two as they don't suffer too much from Chris Langham's absence.
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There's no need to introduce the series (perfect!) but I would like to say thanks for the subtitles (I think in this case it's really important for non-native speakers!). You can also choose Audio Description and Commentary.

The first disc (The Rise of the Nutters) contains also:

- Deleted Scenes
- Production Stills Gallery
- Newsnight - Paxman (Ben Swain-interview)

The second disc (Spinners and Losers) contains:

- Opposition extra
- Deleted Scenes
- Behind the Scenes Gallery
- Production Stills Gallery
- Newsnight - Crick
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Fantastic television. I have only just discovered 'The Thick of It' after watching the movie spin-off 'In The Loop' and the television version is even funnier. The language may be too strong for some of the more timid and old fashioned viewers; but that would be a huge shame if you let that get in the way of enjoying some of the best acting, writing and wittiest television comedy's of our time.

The 'Specials' DVD is certainly the best episodes I have seen yet; better than the first two series anyway (have not seen the 3rd as yet). The insanely aggressive Scotish characters of Malcolmn Tucker and Jamie McDonald; are a joy to behold and turn inventive swearing into an art-form.

The best television comedy I have witnessed in a long time.
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