The Thick of It, Series 1Closed Captioning
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From Armando Iannucci the writer and director of film In the Loop comes a comedy set in and around the world of Westminster politics. The Thick of It follows the relationships between a Minister, his political advisors, and the media. The Thick Of It follows the relationships between the put-upon Minister for Social Affairs (Chris Langham), his political advisors, and their hapless relationship with the media. Peter Capaldi is his Policy Co-Ordinator and Chris Addison his Junior Policy Advisor. Described by Iannucci as 'Yes, Minister meets Larry Sanders', the series unveils the inner workings of the corridors of power and spin.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 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||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 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||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 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||$1.99||View in iTunes|
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This is so funny, I laugh every time. Never gets old. Malcolm Tucker!
Amazing, if shaky
The writing and acting of this show starts strong and only gets better across seasons. My only problem with this initial trilogy of episodes is the DP's decision to go hog wild with the shaky, documentary-style camerawork. It is obnoxious and distracting. Luckily, the creators toned down this aspect in the following seasons, which are all superb. High recommended.
My only complaint is...
that it took me so long to discover this amazingly funny show. The Thick of It is my current favorite British comedy series.