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Armando Iannucci’s political comedy is set in the 'Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship', a fictitious government department in London. Working here involves coping with policy U-turns, spin doctoring, publicity crises and coalition rows. Blundering department boss Hugh Abbot and his ambitious successor Nicola Murray struggle to keep control, as Number Ten’s aggressive ‘enforcer’ Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) piles on the pressure. 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. Expect strong language.

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Armando Iannucci’s political comedy is set in the 'Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship', a fictitious government department in London. Working here involves coping with policy U-turns, spin doctoring, publicity crises and coalition rows. Blundering department boss Hugh Abbot and his ambitious successor Nicola Murray struggle to keep control, as Number Ten’s aggressive ‘enforcer’ Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) piles on the pressure. 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. Expect strong language.

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    Series 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.

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    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.

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    • EPISODE 2

    Series 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.

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    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.

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    • EPISODE 3

    Series 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?

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    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?

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    • EPISODE 4

    Series 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.

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    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.

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    • EPISODE 5

    Series 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.

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    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.

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    • EPISODE 6

    Series 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.

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    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.

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    • EPISODE 7

    Series 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.

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    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.

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    • EPISODE 8

    Series 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?

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    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?

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    • EPISODE 9

    Series 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?

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    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?

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    • EPISODE 10

    Series 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.

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    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.

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    • EPISODE 11

    Series 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.

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    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.

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    • EPISODE 12

    Series 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?

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    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?

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    • EPISODE 13

    Series 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?

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    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?

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    • EPISODE 14

    Series 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.

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    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.

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    • EPISODE 15

    Series 4, Episode 1

    Peter Mannion, the Secretary of State for Social Affairs is told to launch his Coalition partner Fergus’s new “Networked Nation” policy at a school. Problem is, 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. 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.

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    Peter Mannion, the Secretary of State for Social Affairs is told to launch his Coalition partner Fergus’s new “Networked Nation” policy at a school. Problem is, 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. 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.

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    • EPISODE 16

    Series 4, Episode 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 Nicola is already stressed and all the while being simultaneously 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.

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    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 Nicola is already stressed and all the while being simultaneously 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.

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    Series 4, Episode 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 looking to strike an ambitious deal. Then all political hell is let loose when an unexpected and tragic news story breaks.

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    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 looking to strike an ambitious deal. Then all political hell is let loose when an unexpected and tragic news story breaks.

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    • EPISODE 18

    Series 4, Episode 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?

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    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?

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    • EPISODE 19

    Series 4, Episode 5

    With Nicola Murray and Peter Mannion both on the back foot after the unraveling 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.

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    With Nicola Murray and Peter Mannion both on the back foot after the unraveling 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.

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    • EPISODE 20

    Series 4, Episode 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?

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    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?

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    • EPISODE 21

    Series 4, Episode 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?

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    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?

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    • EPISODE 22

    Special: The Rise of the Nutters

    It's the tail-end of the Christmas recess and peace and goodwill should reign in Westminster. But something goes terribly, terribly wrong on Newsnight and everything begins to unravel. Can Malcolm Tucker survive as the PM's enemies in Government and the Opposition bid for power?

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    It's the tail-end of the Christmas recess and peace and goodwill should reign in Westminster. But something goes terribly, terribly wrong on Newsnight and everything begins to unravel. Can Malcolm Tucker survive as the PM's enemies in Government and the Opposition bid for power?

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    • EPISODE 23

    Special: Spinners and Losers

    The Prime Minister has resigned six months too early and all hell has broken loose at Number 10. Malcolm Tucker's political career hangs in the balance. He has just seventeen hours to spin himself back into power, and it's going to be the longest night of his life.

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    The Prime Minister has resigned six months too early and all hell has broken loose at Number 10. Malcolm Tucker's political career hangs in the balance. He has just seventeen hours to spin himself back into power, and it's going to be the longest night of his life.

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