The Thick of It, Series 1 - 3
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Welcome to the Ministry for Social Affairs and Citizenship (DoSAC), a government department barely registering on the Today Programme radar, but high-profile enough to receive the attentions of Malcolm Tucker, the government's director of communications, whose ferocity is only matched by his skill in delivering incredible, foul-mouthed tirades. Successive ministers (Hugh Abbott and Nicola Murray) and their backroom team lie, backstab and hopelessly bluff their way through gaffes, crises, Prime Ministerial resignations and possible election dates - only thankful that Shadow minister, Peter Mannion also has little idea what is going on... Irreverent, brilliantly sweary and painfully funny, this series smashes its way through the corridors of power in a bulldozer of hilarious farce and sharp satire.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoSeries 1, Episode 1||The newly appointed Minister for Social Affairs, Hugh Abbot is on his way to a secondary school in Wiltshire to announce his new Snooper Squad policy. Unfortunately, he's ordered by Number Ten's communications' supremo, Malcolm Tucker to kill the policy stone dead. Hugh and his advisors have just forty minutes to come up with an extremely popular policy that costs nothing.||29:18||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoSeries 1, Episode 2||The Minister for Social Affairs, Hugh Abbot gets a very focused focus group in to tell him which one of two contradictory policies to go for. Meanwhile, Number Ten's enforcer, Malcolm Tucker is concerned the Minister is out of touch and doesn't know what a chav is.||29:07||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoSeries 1, Episode 3||The Minister thinks his Housing Bill has been a success. Unfortunately, the man at Number Ten thinks an empty flat in London could pose a problem. Someone's going to have to resign. Friendly journalist Angela Heaney has turned cold; she intends to portray a rather unattractive image of the Minister. Can Tucker prevent things from turning ugly?||29:13||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoSeries 2, Episode 1||Abbot visits a factory, where he is harangued by a woman employee who wants to make a public point about the treatment of her ailing mother. The whole incident is captured by TV cameras and it is up to Malcolm Tucker to try and stop ITN running the footage.||29:21||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoSeries 2, Episode 2||Malcolm makes things difficult when an outside adviser arrives to inspect all the departments, and enlists his colleagues' help in getting rid of him. Hugh is upset to discover that everybody is aware the Prime Minister's wife does not like him - a blow to his plans for a policy announcement that will impress her husband.||29:19||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoSeries 2, Episode 3||The internal e-mail system goes down as Hugh is trying to send an expletive-littered missive to Glenn about their dislike of educational adviser Roy Smedley. He ends up using his colleague's web-based address - and accidentally forwards it to an eight-year-old girl.||29:17||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|7||VideoSeries 3, Episode 1||It's reshuffle Day at Number 10. Nicola Murray is so far down the list of prospective ministers that Malcolm Tucker doesn't even have a file on her. But when the job at the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship is turned down by everybody else, there's no option but to promote her to the Cabinet.||30:00||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|8||VideoSeries 3, Episode 2||Nicola Murray MP has only been secretary of state for just over a week, but already there is press speculation on how long she will last. And now someone at the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship has completely wiped the immigration records of 170,672 people. Who's going to get the blame? Who's going to get the job of breaking the news to Malcolm? And how is Nicola going to get through an entire lunch with the staff of the Guardian without revealing the catastrophic scale of the latest computer disaster?||29:05||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|9||VideoSeries 3, Episode 3||Nicola Murray is stuck in an Eastbourne hotel bedroom with nothing but a laptop, a printer and a tiny kettle while she and Olly try to finish her speech for the annual party conference. It's not going well. But Glenn has brought in his secret weapon - Julie Price, tragic widow, people's champion and regional photo opportunity. Is this the breakthrough they need, or the start of a tug-of-Julie with Malcolm Tucker?||29:07||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|10||VideoSeries 3, Episode 4||The civil servants at DoSAC are preparing for a visit from the shadow minister Peter Mannion. For Mannion and his team, this informal pre-election briefing is a good opportunity to measure up for new curtains. For Nicola Murray, it is simply another distraction on a day when nothing seems to be going right. All she really wants to do is get Glenn and Olly to kick-start the Fourth Sector Pathfinder Initiative. And then she gets a call.||29:07||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|11||VideoSeries 3, Episode 5||After weeks of trading bitter blows in the press, DoSAC minister Nicola Murray MP and her shadow Peter Mannion MP are invited onto BBC Radio 5Live for a debate on Richard Bacon's late-night phone-in programme. Director of Communications Malcolm Tucker and Opposition PR guru Stewart Pearson decide to listen in the comfort of their respective offices, but when some breaking news threatens to make things difficult for the politicians, the programme quickly turns into a phone-in like no other.||29:07||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|12||VideoSeries 3, Episode 6||With the Prime Minister away at a summit in Spain, Malcolm Tucker is left at home to mind the shop. Just as Nicola Murray is about to launch her Fourth Sector Initiative to the media, the media decide that what they really want is someone to launch another leadership contest. Does Nicola have what it takes and, if she does, can Malcolm take it away from her before she does any damage?||29:05||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|13||VideoSeries 3, Episode 7||Nicola Murray and her team are desperate to find a major sports personality to be the face of DoSAC's new Healthy Choices campaign. Malcolm's away on holiday and doesn't want to be disturbed, so they take advice from Steve Fleming, who's back on the scene as the PM's new fixer. Is Steve really as nice as he seems? Everyone knows Malcolm never takes holidays, so what's he up to now?||29:00||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|14||VideoSeries 3, Episode 8||As the election looms and the Opposition eye the prize, the word around the Westminster Village is that Malcolm Tucker is running out of both options and friends. He may have bitten off more than he can chew with Steve Fleming, but when an offer of help appears from an unlikely direction, Malcolm starts to set his finest trap yet.||28:54||£1.89||View in iTunes|
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The Thick of It is so brilliant and hilarious you will literally wet yourself. Thought not for anyone with a particular dislike of swearing, Malcolm Tucker is a true foul mouthed scary Scot (which is a good thing). Gets better and better the further through the series you get and there's a fourth series on the way as well! A must watch for anyone with even the vaguest of interests in British comedy.
Deserves it's cult status
Utterly superb. Malcolm Tucker is a perfectly written and performed characterisation of AC.
Amount the best comedies ever to be written, certainly top 3 or 4
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- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 15 November 2010
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- CCin English for some episodes