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The Thick of It - Series 4 [DVD]

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  • Actors: Rebecca Front, Peter Capaldi, Roger Allam, Chris Addison, Vincent Franklin
  • Directors: Natalie Bailey, Billy Sneddon, Becky Martin
  • Producers: Armando Iannucci, Adam Tandy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 225 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008RA5Q3G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,856 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Thick of It - Series 4

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By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Feb. 2013
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The Thick of It is a modern day classic of British TV and is great if you're a fan of either politics or comedy, although if you have a good understanding of British politics, you're bound to understand more of the references.

If you have never seen the show before, treat yourself and watch it from the beginning. It'll definitely help with knowing more about the characters.

Season four may not be the strongest series overall, as the opening episodes start off a little weaker than what is to come, but it soon picks up the pace and the latter episodes are up there with the best of them

Season 4 is quite a bit different to the previous series, largely because the previous ones have focused on the (fictional) Labour government. But, as The Thick of It always stays topical, we're now treated to the same show `coalition style.' This has attracted some criticism from fans, not liking the new set-up. However, I found it the natural progression of the show and the fact that it still works is a reminder of just how flexible the show really is.

The last couple of episodes are a little different to the rest as they're based on the Leverson enquiry - these ones aren't `laugh out loud funny,' but they're an integral part of the story and foreshadows what is to come

I would say the only downside to the season is that it's the last. Once it's ended it still leaves you with a sad feeling knowing that it's all over now and a thirst for more. I'm sure if the writers wanted to continue it they could, but they've decided to call time on it before it got stale.

Enjoy it for being the greatest political comedy since Yes Minister (and certainly the most sweary!).
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Oh, how great it was to see some of my favorite characters again! Ben Swain, Malcolm Tucker, Glenn Cullen and Terri Coverly are my particular favourites but to me the absolute perfect character is Peter Mannion. Roger Allam plays him brilliantly, a tired politician who has stopped trying and hates his career. To me, he is most lifelike, a bitter, sarcastic but still principled man who hates the way his party is going. Every line he gave had me laughing. "He was homeless only in the sense that he had no home" had me laughing for half an hour. His squabbles with Stewart Pierson are hilarious.

But every character and actor get a chance to shine in this season. Malcolm is still a gusher of inventive swearwords, still as evil as Voldemort but this time around he has been slightly defeated. Nicola Murray is still the gaff-prone klutz, Olly is still the self-centered jerk, Terri is still as oblivious as ever and Glenn Cullen is still by far the most sympathetic character in the whole of the Thick of It. Much praise to James Smith for his portrayal. The speech at the end of the last episode was superb and I hope he will at least be nominated for an acting award. The only character you can't loath.

Ianucci has said that this is probably the last series of the Thick of It, I really hope it's not. I want to see these characters again. "Veep" was a fun show but it didn't come close to being as good as the Thick of It.
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Final series, which for me, was not as great as the earlier ones. The whole thing felt like it was unravelling just a bit, the structure looser and the humour not as crisp. There are certainly some great set pieces and themes in here (the "Mr Tick-el" debacle being one of them), but I thought it was running out of steam. Understandable, perhaps, after burning so hot, for so long. Certainly the actors, Capaldi in particular, get more chance to show more depth, particularly in the final episode, but overall it's past its incomparable prime in my view. Don't get me wrong, still outstanding and worth seeing, but (judged by its own standards) a good time to say goodbye. Brilliant piece of work, The Thick of It. Brilliant.
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There's so much going on in this show that you can re-visit it time and time again and pick up something new. I suppose the novelties in this series are the way the focus switches between both the government and opposition ministers (this was rarer before), and the depiction of the coalition. As I think someone else here mentioned, the comedy takes a while to reach its peak, but when it does you'll be roaring with laughter—Adam Kenyon's comment to Glenn and Will about the zombie apocalypse works so well I nearly died!
Buy it. Even if you already own it. This is comedy so good it's worth owning twice.
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After what seems a lightweight start, this series suddenly gets very dramatic (in a 'House of Cards' way) and is very funny and gripping, if not quite reaching the highs of the 2 'Election Specials'. Without giving too much away (wouldn't want to leak), series 4 takes a sour look at the workings and machinations of the coalition government and the new opposition, which is now led by a hapless Nichola Murray.

It builds towards a public inquiry, not a million miles removed from the Hutton Inquiry, in which, arguably, the death of David Kelly was caused by the kind of vile people this programme satirizes. Malcolm Tucker (now which Hutton Inquiry witness was he allegedly based on again?) doesn't appear as often as in the previous shows, but he is still at the heart of the political plotting and every scene in which he is present is darkly humorous and superbly vitriolic.

The dialogue is still witty, but more toxic than ever before and Peter Capaldi's acting is spell-binding. Tucker is described as 'Iago with a blackberry' and Capaldi and the writers bring a Shakespearean dimension to the character. Aside from Iago there are analogies with the downfall of Richard II too.

There are a number of great comic performances where the character and the actor blend to such perfection that the actor never truly escapes the role ever again: Steptoe / Corbett, Fawlty / Cleese come to mind, for example, and Tucker / Capaldi may find himself, for better or worse, in this group of comedic geniuses.

It is not quite a perfect series. Too many characters swear and insult each other in a similar Tuckeresque way. Some argue this is due to the corrosive effect of Tucker on political communication, but some of the dialogue, perhaps, needed a bit more variety and nuance.
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