22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The thick end of the wedge!
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...
Published on 14 April 2007 by S.M. Gidley
3.0 out of 5 stars scratches
The seires itself is absolutely perfect, wonderful satire. however the disc was sratched and the beginning looked therefore scrambled. luckily I kept watching and realized that the rest was okay...The other disc had released from its holder during transit and moved about..
Published on 12 April 2011 by Antti
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The thick end of the wedge!,
This review is from: The Thick of It - Complete First Series [DVD]  (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?
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical Stuff,
This review is from: The Thick of It - Complete First Series [DVD]  (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.
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding,
This review is from: The Thick of It - Complete First Series [DVD]  (DVD)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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars Plus,
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This review is from: The Thick of It - Complete First Series [DVD]  (DVD)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?"
55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime work,
This review is from: The Thick of It - Complete First Series [DVD]  (DVD)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.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Political satire at its most essential,
This review is from: The Thick of It - Complete First Series [DVD]  (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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best comedy of the last ten years,
This review is from: The Thick of It - Complete First Series [DVD]  (DVD)Full of scathing, razor sharp wit and subtle one liners, this is another absolute pearl from Armando Iannucci.
Like a modern day Yes Minister, the star of this show is Peter Capaldi, who basically plays Alastair Campbell. His rants and highly inventive curses (some of which I wish I could write here) constantly tickle, while the totally droll Langham provides a great juxta position to Capaldi's explosive character.
Not much else to add to the other reviews here, other than highly recommended.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius,
This review is from: The Thick of It - Complete First Series [DVD]  (DVD)The number of laugh out loud lines and creative swearing in this work of genius defies belief. The humour is not once forced or artificial as is found in some American sitcoms (such as Friends, where the actors mug for all they are worth). This is quality satire, and a shining example of how comedy should be done. Plus it is all too frighteningly real.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Sun dried Karaoke " anyone?,
This review is from: The Thick of It - Complete First Series [DVD]  (DVD)A despicable oversight on my part .I missed The Thick Of It on it's TV run for reasons I cannot begin to explain ( mainly because I don't know what they are ) made even more inexplicable by the fact I usually ravenously digest anything helmed by Armando Iannucci . However my lamentable lapse has now been corrected because I bought the DVD , more importantly watched it, and can concur with most of the reviewers on this page that The Thick Of It is profane comedy genius . I laughed up a **** storm as government enforcer Malcolm Tucker might say.
Tucker ( Peter Calpaldi) is clearly based on Alistair Campbell but is actually more likable because he is actually funny as well as being a foul-mouthed, arrogant , bug eyed bully. Government minsters live in quavering terror of his wrath which is especially unfortunate for Hugh Abbot (Chris Langham)the fumbling minister in charge of the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship. His propensity for foul up's and policy blunders is so great that his staff -Senior Special Adviser Glenn Cullen( James Smith ) , Junior Policy Advisor Olly Reeder( Chris Addison ) and
Civil Service Press Secretary Terri Coverley(Joanna Scanlan ) -spend most of their time trying to extricate him from the smelly brown stuff .There is a lot of smelly brown stuff flying around (metaphorically ) in this series. As Tuckers says "This is a bucket of ****. If someone throws **** at us, we throw **** back at them. We start a **** fight. We throw so much **** back at them so they can't pick up ****, they can't throw ****, they can't do ****."
Main writer and director Iannucci has said that The Thick Of It is like a cross between The Complete Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - Collector's Boxset [DVD] and The Larry Sanders Show [DVD]  .The inclusion of former political journalist Martin Sixsmith as an advisor means that the series is probably closer to the truth of the internal workings of Government than we would really like ,especially given the levels of skulduggery , spin , in-fighting , chicanery ,media obsession and sheer incompetence . I would have despaired if I wasn't so busy guffawing like a buffalo chocking on a quaver. The acting is top notch and some of the (semi-improvised) dialogue is priceless., though riotously un-pc .Olly,s rant on the steps of some faceless civil servants monolith about what appeals to the masses-"Sun dried Karaoke "- had me laughing so hard I went light headed and had to lie down for five minutes. It's one of those rare programmes ,like I'm Alan Partridge : Complete BBC Series 1  [DVD]-which was also headed by Iannucci, with such a rich volley of ideas and consummate verbal dexterity that it rewards repeated viewings.
The extras are fairly insightful with commentaries on all episodes that give useful insights into the creative process .Really though it's an absolute joy , and I must say given some of the events and matters lampooned in the series, a minor miracle the series exists at all. Indeed I would speculate that if this had been up for commissioning at the time of the Ross/Brand farce it wouldn't have seen the light of day at all. As it is the film based on the series In The Loop [DVD] is out and series two is on the way late 2009. I won,t miss it this time round.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comedy that is actually funny - How rare is that ? !,
This review is from: The Thick of It - Complete First Series [DVD]  (DVD)Quite simply laugh out loud funny throughout.
I'm not a fan of political satire at all as I have zero interest in politics and politicians. Rory Bremner and co leave me cold. This series however is hilarious and satirises the media as much as it does politicians and highlights the odd situation that we find ourselves in where the MPs and civil servants are working constantly to win the hearts and minds of the broadcast media and couldn't give two hoots about the public.
'It's funny because it's true' but it's also funny because it's just plain funny. Malcom Tucker is a work of genius, and I cannot watch 'Trawlermen' anymore without expecting Peter Capaldi / Malcom Tucker to threaten to 'maim everyone of them' if they don't catch more shrimp !
The whole cast are superb though..... my favourite line is from 'Hugh Abbot', and is so relevant despite being a couple of years old now, about to lose his job as the media have picked up on his second home ownership 'I didn't rape anyone, I just own a flat !!!'
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