The Thick of It, Series 4HDClosed Captioning
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Government embarrassment, ministerial cock-up, coalition rows, backroom deals, policy U-turns, spin-doctoring, political back-stabbing, wild media speculation, and more time spent with ones family. It can only be the eagerly-anticipated return of Armando Iannucci’s Westminster political comedy. Rebecca Front and Peter Capaldi reprise their BAFTA-winning roles as Nicola Murray and Malcolm Tucker, now consigned to the opposition benches, but still desperate for power. Roger Allam returns as Peter Mannion, the new Secretary of State for Social Affairs, supported by his team of special advisors and thwarted by his new coalition partners. With Chris Addison, Vincent Franklin, Olivia Poulet, Joanna Scanlan, James Smith, Will Smith, Geoffrey Streatfeild, and Ben Willbond.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 1||Peter Mannion, the Secretary of State for Social Affairs gets told to launch his Coalition partner Fergus's new "Networked Nation" policy at a school. Peter doesn't even know how to right-click a mouse and would rather be celebrating his wedding anniversary, but Stewart Pearson won't hear otherwise. So Fergus gets left in charge of drawing up a list of staff redundancies, and Terri Coverley is pretty sure she can make Fergus's hit list if she works hard at under-performing, and finds help from an unexpected direction. Peter's policy launch is a disaster, and the disaster-recovery plan is even more of a disaster.||28:49||$3.49||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 2||With Glenn gone, Nicola Murray is busy breaking in her new policy advisor, Helen Hatley. When Helen is accidentally photographed holding notes from an ideas meeting, Nicola is understandably angry. But then Nicola is already stressed by having an eight foot pork chop following her about, whilst simultaneously being attacked by the rest of her party for endorsing an unpopular policy. And - even worse - her rival Dan Miller seems to be getting on very well with Malcolm Tucker.||28:05||$3.49||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 3||Stewart Pearson is running "Thought Camp" at a remote country house hotel, as the perfect way to re-engage the party with the creative cloudscape. No phones, no iPads. Peter Mannion can definitely think of better ways of spending the Easter weekend than 'imagineering' with Stewart, Emma and a bunch of back-benchers and party workers. Meanwhile, Phil is surprised to find the ministerial offices less than deserted. Glenn is there, working on the Fourth Sector backlog; Fergus and his advisor Adam are meeting with a young, attractive economist who wants to start a bank. Then all political hell is let loose when an unexpected and tragic news story breaks.||28:26||$3.49||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 4||With Nicola safely on a train to attend the party's Here 2 Hear in far-flung Bradford, Malcolm is free to launch his latest plot. But how is Olly going to be able to help, given that he's in St Thomas' Hospital with a burst appendix? And what will Ben Swain's price be, for playing along with the scheme? More than a bar of chocolate, that's for sure. And when Nicola finds out what's going on, can she control the situation from a seat in standard class right under the watchful eye of Sky News? Or is she sitting on the fast train to Nowheresville, West Yorkshire?||28:57||$3.49||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 5||With Nicola Murray and Peter Mannion both on the back foot after the unravelling of the key-worker housing sell-off policy there’s inevitably going to be a scramble for the moral high-ground while the smelly floodwater of scandal is lapping round their toes. In fact, several people are calling for some sort of enquiry. Everyone wants to spin the story, and everyone wants their own version of the story out there, by fair means or foul. But as more and more fingers get pointed the bigger the scandal becomes, finally threatening to implicate everybody. And in amongst it all, the department is trying to launch the new Carers Pass.||28:41||$3.49||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 6||Everyone has a lot of questions to answer about the suicide of a key-worker after his flat was sold off. Government, Opposition and Civil Service alike. Lord Goolding is reputedly a fair man, but he isn't going to stand for any nonsense. And neither is his team of expert inquisitors. Surely now, the truth will come out. Unless someone lies, or creates a diversion of some kind, or simply pretends not to remember anything. They wouldn't do that, would they?||59:04||$3.49||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 7||The final reckoning. Every dog has its day, but as the fallout from the enquiry starts to take its toll, the everyday problems of government continue unabated. Despite the fact that no-one is actually talking to each other any more. The Home Office have cut police numbers, created a huge backlog of arrest paperwork, and managed to blame DoSAC for the enormous queues at police stations. At Malcolm's suggestion, Dan Miller gets sent on a fact-finding mission to the local cop-shop to press the flesh, in the belief that it will make the Government look unresponsive. Or does he have another motive?||28:36||$3.49||View in iTunes|
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I think the Oscars regained just a modicum of cred. in that one year when The Loop (the movie version of this) was nominated for best film. I'm absolutely gutted that this is the finale season.
I reckon if Peter Capaldi isn't knighted by the Queen for just being utterly brilliant, then there really is something seriously wrong with the system.
Masterclass in politics and profanity
Faultless portrayal of political incompetence, intrigue and diabolism… mixed with some of the best profanity you'll ever hear. Iannucci continually crafts the best dialogue.