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Cracks Massively Widen In Overrated Comedy,
This review is from: The Thick of It - Series 4 [DVD] (DVD)
I like Armando Iannucci and I've always thought this was a good show (when you look at the quality of other TV especially satire you can see why it's so celebrated) but it's not brilliant and certainly can't hold a candle to Yes Minister. One of it's main flaws is that characters and storylines are loosely based on real people and events. No one has the courage to attack them directly or the creativity to make things up. The writers always claimed (in the 00s) that the characters are composites of post-1997 governments. A drunken Chris Addison tempted fate by telling an interviewer on the eve of the election that real politics was becoming almost as bizarre as the show. Now we get a new series about a coalition government secretly at each others' throats (doing things far more outrageous than anything that will ever be revealed to have been going on in real life) and an opposition leader who you'd think would have it made but who's image the great unwashed could never like. Though rather than David / Ed Miliband (Chris Addison) it's Harriet Harman. We don't even get a neurotic, oddball imagining of Miliband. Sticking with the old formula the stories centre around PR and red-tape far more than the recession with ordinary people mostly far in the background. As ever the very political and economic system isn't what's focused on. All our problems are caused by the fact that we keep electing people with personality flaws - and phobias, instead of using a sword in the stone. Then Mr Iannucci's ego has a growth spurt and something is not only mimicked but predicted. The leader of the opposition resigns....