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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.