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Hugh Abbot (Character)
from "The Thick of It" (2005)

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"The Thick of It: Episode #2.3" (2005)
Claire Ballantine: Are you lying to me now about not lying to me before?
Hugh Abbott: No, No... I am not a liar! I categorically did not knowingly not tell the truth, even though unknowingly i might not have done.

Oliver Reeder: Who wants to go and watch bollockvision?
Hugh Abbott: Bollockvision?
Oliver Reeder: Mr. Malcolm Tucker, turning it all the way up to eleven down in the lobby. Come and have a look.
[cut to them all watching Tucker shouting at another minister on an adjacent floor from a balcony]
Hugh Abbott: Poor Keith. Malcolm must fucking love this place, four ministers in one building. It's his dream, a one-stop bollock shop.
Glenn Cullen: Trouble is we're going to be getting some of that in about an hour.
Hugh Abbott: Yeah. I don't know which is worse, watching him slowly rumble towards you like a prostate cancer or him appearing suddenly out of nowhere like a severe stroke.
[Terri, whose father just died, looks at him]
Hugh Abbott: Oh. How's your sister coping?

Hugh Abbott: [looking at a 7 foot pot plant in his office] Where did that come from?
Oliver Reeder: Oh, Malcolm sent it.
Hugh Abbott: It's far too big. Why did he send it?
Oliver Reeder: Er, office warming present.
Hugh Abbott: So why did he send us a present?
Oliver Reeder: I dunno.
Hugh Abbott: Has security checked this?
Oliver Reeder: What for? Tiny little terrorists?
Hugh Abbott: Yes.
Oliver Reeder: It's a plant! "Yes"?

Malcolm Tucker: So, did you enjoy the show?
Glenn Cullen: You were magnificent, darling!
Hugh Abbott: Yeah, should I phone Keith so I can get his team to watch you bollock me now?
Malcolm Tucker: No no no. Have I got my bollocking face on?
Hugh Abbott: Well, I...
Malcolm Tucker: [making a seriously scary face] No, this is my bollocking face.
Hugh Abbott: Oh, crickey, yes. Thanks for the pot plant, by the way.
Malcolm Tucker: Did I send that?
Hugh Abbott: As an office warming present.
Malcolm Tucker: Christ, she's a great PA isn't she, Sam? She always remembers the little people. Look at the size of that fucker, you can fucking crucify somebody on that!

Malcolm Tucker: I like your tan, by the way. Have you declared it? Staying at the villa of an influential friend?
Hugh Abbott: I haven't got any influential friends, Malcolm. You are my only influential friend.
Malcolm Tucker: Oh, yeah, and I'm not really your friend anyway.
Hugh Abbott: You're not really my friend.
Malcolm Tucker: So, this super-schools bill. You don't think it's so super, do you?
Hugh Abbott: You're doing it now.
Malcolm Tucker: What?
Hugh Abbott: That's your bollocking face.

Hugh Abbott: Is Tucker in the building?
Oliver Reeder: Malcolm in the Middle.
Hugh Abbott: Huh?
Oliver Reeder: It's what they're calling him, 'cause he can stand in the middle of the atrium and just shout at all the departments.
Hugh Abbott: Well, I don't want to see him, not at the moment.I can't take one of his scenes from The Exorcist just now.

Hugh Abbott: So, citizenshit. What we need to do to knock together some nice, touchy-feely, fondle-y, sneaky, hand-in-the-bra sort of policies.
Glenn Cullen: New bicycles for special constables, that sort of thing?
Hugh Abbott: Yeah. Yeah.
Oliver Reeder: Making special needs kids clean up graffiti.
Hugh Abbott: Yeah, that's just very mean.
Oliver Reeder: Well, yes. Not, of course, as mean as making them spell graffiti. That genuinely is very mean.
Glenn Cullen: [gets up and leaves] I'll go and have a word with Malcolm.
Oliver Reeder: OK.
Hugh Abbott: You just took a shit with your clothes on, Olly.
Oliver Reeder: Why?
Hugh Abbott: Glenn's boy, Peter, he went to a special needs school.
Oliver Reeder: Oh.
Hugh Abbott: Yep.
Oliver Reeder: Glenn's had sex.
Hugh Abbott: God, you are such a prick, Olly. There's more to life, you know, than drinks parties at the Foreign Office and having Nick Robinson's mobile number on your fucking Blackberry.
Oliver Reeder: All right, all right, fine. Sorry, Hugh. I feel for the guy, I had a girlfriend with special needs once, so I know.
[with a smile]
Oliver Reeder: Luckily I was able to fulfil them.
Hugh Abbott: Oh, God, you're such a...

Hugh Abbott: Just grow up, Terri!
Terri Coverley: You should be the one that's doing the growing up!
Hugh Abbott: I am a fucking grown-up, thank you!
Terri Coverley: You could have fooled me, Hugh!
Hugh Abbott: Glenn's son could have fooled you! No offence, Glenn. I'm sorry.

Hugh Abbott: Christ, Malcolm, how do you appear out of nowhere in a building made entirely of glass?
Malcolm Tucker: I'm a shape shifter.

Hugh Abbott: [hiding from Malcolm] A man in his 50s, hiding.

Hugh Abbott: [entering the new offices] Bit too light and airy for my liking.
[points at some backless, bench-like purple sofas]
Hugh Abbott: Ooh, and... these are awful. Do we have to have those? They look like Alicia's Barbie furniture
Terri Coverley: Do you think they match?
Hugh Abbott: Well, they can't... Not if you're going to wear that dress. One of them's going to have to go and I'd rather it was the sofas.


"The Thick of It: Episode #1.2" (2005)
Hugh Abbott: So, how do we respond to this?
Terri Coverley: Right, we don't exchange insults with bloody Simon arsepipes... tittytwat.
Oliver Reeder: Is that honestly the best swearing you can come up with?
Glenn Cullen: This is a bucket of shit. If someone throws shit at us, we throw shit back at them. We start a shit fight. We throw so much shit at them, that they can't pick up shit, they can't throw shit, they can't do shit.
Hugh Abbott: That's top swearing Glenn, well done.

Hugh Abbott: God that's why the PM always looks so clued up, I always thought he was genuinely quite with it
Malcolm Tucker: No, no, he's as bad as you, he uses phrases like "with it" as well

Malcolm Tucker: Ok, this is what we're doing: I'm putting about through a number of cronies that Hewitt's piece was a packet of bollocks, he did it as a favor to Cliff.
Oliver Reeder: Cliff being...
Glenn Cullen: Cliff Lawton.
Malcolm Tucker: Hugh's predesessor. He and Hewitt are as tight as arse cheeks.
Hugh Abbott: [surprised] Are they now?
Malcolm Tucker: Fuck knows, but that's what we're saying, ok? It's personal, it's backslapping, it's borderline homoerotic, and you are the innocent victim of a nasty media stitch-up. I'm fixing you up with a "Me and My Media" piece with
[points to Ollie]
Malcolm Tucker: your ex Angela Heaney. But, this is a perfect opportunity to show just how clued-up you are, actually! Hughey Abbot, the in-touch guy! You're on the ball! You know the price for a pint of milk! You love HBO imports, VH1, Pixar, you dig the Streets.
Hugh Abbott: Yeah, yeah, yeah, they're all great.
Malcolm Tucker: You've got absolutely no fucking idea what I'm talking about, do you?
Hugh Abbott: Yes, I do.
Malcolm Tucker: Who's the only gay in the village?
Hugh Abbott: Eddie Grundy. I dunno... No, he has children. Mind you, alot of them do these days! Ben at the Foreign Office...
Malcolm Tucker: What's a chav?
Hugh Abbott: Ch... erm...
Malcolm Tucker: Hugh, what is a chav?
Oliver Reeder: Come on, you must know this!
Glenn Cullen: Chav!
Malcolm Tucker: Chav!
Hugh Abbott: Just saying "chav" isn't really helpful!
Malcolm Tucker: This is important stuff, Hugh! Right, we do a weekly digest for the Prime Minister, we boil down the week's television, cinema, music, so on.
Oliver Reeder: The Zeitgeist tapes.
Malcolm Tucker: Exactly, the Zeitgest tapes. EastEnders highlights, choice bits from all the reality shows, 10 seconds music videos, that kind of thing.
Hugh Abbott: That's why the PM always looks so clued-up! I always thought he was jenuenly quite with it.
Malcolm Tucker: No, no, he's as bad as you, he uses phrases like "with it" as well. Right, I'm gonna bike that over to Terri, watch it, ok? And listen, when you talk to Angela Heaney, remember to stick the boot into Hewitt. I'm putting it about that Cliff offered him two free weeks at his Toscan villa for that piece, ok?
Hugh Abbott: Ten-four, daddy-o!
Malcolm Tucker: Hey, hey, hey, this is serious! You've got 24 hours to sort out your policy on EastEnders, right? Or you're for the halal butchers!
[Ollie does an imitation of the EastEnders opening music]
Malcolm Tucker: Even he knows.

Malcolm Tucker: [shouting at Mary, the focus-group actress] You just want to think about what is gonna happen tomorrow!
Hugh Abbott: Because tomorrow, you are gonna find the press all over you.
Mary: In a good way?
Hugh Abbott: No, not in a good way!
Malcolm Tucker: You know that film Notting Hill, have you seen that?
Glenn Cullen: She's probably fucking in it!
Malcolm Tucker: You know the bit when the guy opens the door and there's like millions of journalists and hacks and photographers and all flash bulbs going off? In four hours time that's gonna be you, they're gonna be all over you like fucking cockroaches!
Hugh Abbott: [trying to calm a disstressed Mary] It's ok.
Malcolm Tucker: No, no, no, it's not ok, it's not going to be ok, and I tell you why. Because you're fair game, so I hope your knickers are clean because every seat-sniffing little shitbag that's ever filed a by-line is gonna be questioning you! Because now it's in the fucking public interest, isn't it? And they are gonna hit you with any shit they can find and you're gonna be spread out infront of them like a trollop in the stocks!

Malcolm Tucker: Did you watch the zeitgeist tape?
Hugh Abbott: Yeah, some of it, yeah
Malcolm Tucker: So do yknow your Eastenders, then? Do you know your Little Mo from your Big Mo?
Hugh Abbott: [badly imitating Eastenders theme tune] BOM BOM Bab bum bum
Malcolm Tucker: What?
Hugh Abbott: I haven't watched it, no

Malcolm Tucker: I'm connected, I'm plugged into the Matrix, I am The fucking Matrix
Hugh Abbott: Huh? Sorry?
Malcolm Tucker: Have you not watched that tape yet?

Malcolm Tucker: [night, everyone's in Tucker's office, except for Abbot, who's in the car on his way home] I've never seen headlines like it!
Oliver Reeder: In what way?
Malcolm Tucker: It's all gone to shite!
Glenn Cullen: Oh, the papers didn't like the policy?
Malcolm Tucker: They hate it, they fucking loath it! Are you getting all this, Hugh?
Hugh Abbott: [on the phone] Yes, you're very clear.
Terri Coverley: Do they all hate it? The Times?
Malcolm Tucker: Especially The Times.
Hugh Abbott: Wait a minute, the first edition hasn't even gone to bed yet, how do you know?
Malcolm Tucker: Because I'm connected, I'm plugged into the Matrix. I AM the fucking Matrix.
Hugh Abbott: Sorry?
Malcolm Tucker: Have you not watched that tape yet?
Hugh Abbott: I'm taking it home now, gonna watch it there. We just bought a new video player of the back of Alicia's obsession with Pingu.
Malcolm Tucker: Ok, I want you all to pay attention - this Arts policy is dead. Ok? As of now. Get a press release out and bung it in the owen. Fuck off, the lot of you.

Malcolm Tucker: Ok, this is what we're doing: I'm putting about through a number of cronies that Hewitt's piece was a packet of bollocks, he did it as a favor to Cliff.
Oliver Reeder: Cliff being...
Glenn Cullen: Cliff Lawton.
Malcolm Tucker: Hugh's predesessor. He and Hewitt are as tight as arse cheeks.
Hugh Abbott: Are they now?
Malcolm Tucker: Fuck knows, but that's what we're saying, ok? It's personal, it's backslapping, it's borderline homoerotic, and you are an innocent victim of a nasty media stitch-up.

Terri Coverley: [Talking about her role in the department in relation to policy] It's not my role to have a preference - I sell the apples. If you want me to sell the apples, I'll sell the apples. But if you want me to sell oranges, then I'll go and tell people that the apples, the apples are shit Olly, they're shit - I'll say go on, check out our oranges.
Hugh Abbott: Do you have a pref- which do you prefer, you know, apples or oranges?
Terri Coverley: [Exasperated] Apples!
Hugh Abbott: Apples?
Terri Coverley: Apples.
Hugh Abbott: OK, thank you!
Glenn Cullen: Hugh, if we are going to spend taxpayers money putting violent thugs into productions of the fucking Cherry Orchard then we're gonna get crucified, and rightly so!
Hugh Abbott: Hang on a second - Terri, which was apples, was Olly apples or was Glenn apples?
[Terri has left her desk]
Hugh Abbott: oh, she's gone.

Malcolm Tucker: Ok, this is what we're doing: I'm putting about through a number of cronies that Hewitt's piece was a packet of bollocks, he did it as a favor to Cliff.
Oliver Reeder: Cliff being...
Glenn Cullen: Cliff Lawton...
Malcolm Tucker: Hugh's predesessor. He and Hewitt are as tight as arse cheeks.
Hugh Abbott: Are they now?
Malcolm Tucker: Fuck knows, but that's what we're saying, ok? It's personal, it's backslapping, it's borderline homoerotic, and you are an innocent victim of a nasty media stitch-up.


"The Thick of It: Episode #2.1" (2005)
Glenn Cullen: [about Ollie being seconded to Nr.10 for a week] They only want him to make Cappucinos.
Hugh Abbot: He does it very well. I think it's the way you waggle your finger so hard in the milk.
Oliver Reeder: Yeah, you think it's my finger, bitch.

Hugh Abbot: [to Oliver] Morning studmuffin, enjoy your walk on the wild side? How was your dip in the wild blue... pussy?

Hugh Abbott: Have you, though?
Glenn Cullen: What?
Hugh Abbott: Ever cleaned up your own mother's piss?
Glenn Cullen: No, I never knew my mother, Hugh, as you remember.
Hugh Abbott: Oh, sorry. Have you ever cleaned up your stepmother's piss?
Glenn Cullen: No, I never cleaned her piss, it wasn't that kind of relationship.
Hugh Abbott: No, nor me. Though I have to say, I've done Alicia's piss, and then Charlie's piss, I mean, you know, loads of it. But, you know, it's only piss... I mean, she was going on as if it was sort of toxic waste or something. But it's... what's a bit of piss?

[just before he leaves, Ollie slaps Glenn round the back of the head, to get him back for "happy-slapping" him before]
Glenn Cullen: Stupid boy.
Hugh Abbot: That was funny.
Glenn Cullen: That was funny?
Hugh Abbot: Yeah.
Glenn Cullen: I don't think it was funny.
Hugh Abbot: I'm an elected representative of the people. It was funny.

Hugh Abbot: [on a rooftop, talking to Glenn on the ground below over the phone] Glenn? Is she still saying it?
Glenn Cullen: Oh, God, yes.
[to the angry Welsh woman who is still complaining to him]
Glenn Cullen: Would you please just give me a moment?
[to Hugh]
Glenn Cullen: Yes, yes, she's banging on about it even now. The trouble is, Hugh, they reckon they've got some great shots, you know...
Hugh Abbot: Great shots?
Glenn Cullen: The thing is, don't panic, you know...
Pauline McKendrick: [to Glenn as he tries to talk to Hugh on the phone] ... this is what you do though because it's disgusting! You cannot treat people like this!
Glenn Cullen: [suddenly whips round on her] CAN YOU PLEASE SHUT UP! For one fucking minute? I'm asking nicely. Please!
[he resumes his call with Hugh]
Glenn Cullen: Now, Hugh, look, I'm going to have hang up. I'm going to have to deal with her...
Pauline McKendrick: Did you enjoy that? Did you enjoy that?

Hugh Abbot: Sometimes I... you know, when you meet the real, the actual people... don't you, I mean, you just look at the little beady eyes and mean mouths sort of sneering, and... I mean, I know this is what they think people like me think so I hate thinking it, but I just find myself thinking they're from a different fucking species. You know, with their t-shirts and weird trousers and tabards and... Why do they wear clothes with writing on? And why are they so fucking fat?
Glenn Cullen: I know. And stupid.


"The Thick of It: Episode #1.1" (2005)
Hugh Abbot: [on the phone, fter the Snooper Force announcement] Malcolm!
Malcolm Tucker: What the fuck was that? Was this the whole Snooper Force thing from you?
Hugh Abbot: Malcolm, I've talked to the PM and this is completely kosher as far as he's concerned. He gave the go-ahead and he said, you know, bounce the Treasury.
Malcolm Tucker: Don't you realise, we have got 17 different issues we are fighting with the Treasury about?
Hugh Abbot: I can hear that you are, as your usual, upset.
Malcolm Tucker: I'll tell you why I am upset. I'm upset because these fucking morons over at the Treasury, these people, they are so paranoid! If you don't tell them about stuff like this, if you don't even cc them on e-mail, they think you've started a palace coup!
Hugh Abbot: Malcolm...
Malcolm Tucker: You don't seem to understand that I am gonna have to mop up a fucking hurricane of piss here from all of these neurotics! What did the Prime Minister actually say to you?
Hugh Abbot: He actually said this is exactly the kind of thing we should be doing.
Malcolm Tucker: What did he actually say?
Hugh Abbot: He said this is exactly the sort of thing we should be doing.
Malcolm Tucker: 'SHOULD' be doing. 'Should' does not mean 'yes'.

Hugh Abbot: 'Should', does it mean 'yes'?
Glenn Cullen: Yes, "we should do this".
Hugh Abbot: When Tucker was talking to me 'should' didn't mean 'yes'. I mean it really didn't. I felt like a fool.

Malcolm Tucker: I'm hacked off, mate.
Hugh Abbot: But we killed it, it's killed.
Malcolm Tucker: Yeah, "but once you start the fire, Malc, and we didn't start the fire, it's always burning since the world's been turning" et cetera, et cetera...
Hugh Abbot: So... Malcolm, you're not making any sence.
Malcolm Tucker: Prime Minister, obviously, he's on the plane in Stokholm, someone hits him with The World At One. He thinks it's the Treasury trying to stiff him one so he... he stuck with the story.
Hugh Abbot: He liked it?
Malcolm Tucker: Yeah, he's backing the Snooper Force.
Hugh Abbot: Oh, right! We shouldn't really then... You shouldn't really have told us to... Should you?
Malcolm Tucker: Don't should me, Hugh, 'cause I'll should you right back. I'll should you right through that window! None of this should be happening, should it? Should it?
Hugh Abbot: Is that "should" in a sence of "yes"?
Malcolm Tucker: It's "should" in a sence "you should do as you're fucking told"!
Hugh Abbot: So what are we gonna do now?
Malcolm Tucker: You're gonna completely reverse your position.
Hugh Abbot: Hang on a second... Malcolm... That's not gonna be easy. That's gonna be quite hard.
Malcolm Tucker: Well, the announcement you didn't make today - you did.
Hugh Abbot: No, I didn't. And there were television cameras there while I was not doing it.
Malcolm Tucker: Fuck them.
Hugh Abbot: I'm not sure what level of reality I'm supposed to be operating on.
Malcolm Tucker: Look, this is what they run with. I tell them that you said it, they believe that you said it. They don't REALLY believe that you said it, they know that you never said it, but it's in their interest to say that you said it, because if they don't say that you said it, they're not gonna get what you say tomorrow or the next day, when I decide to tell them what it is you're saying.
Hugh Abbot: Yeah, I am following this, I just...
Malcolm Tucker: I had a friend who used to indulge in extra-marital affairs, ok? He'd go off and he'd have some dalliance and every Monday he'd come back and he'd meet his wife. And he told me that all he did that is inside his head turn a little switch - the affair never happened, ok?

Hugh Abbot: I want a new driver. Get me a new driver. I don't wanna see this guy ever again.
Glenn Cullen: On what grounds?
Hugh Abbot: Smiling! Innapropriate smiling! And smirking! Smiling and smirking! I don't wanna see that smile or smirk ever again, ok?

Hugh Abbott: I want a new driver. Get me a new driver. I don't wanna see this guy ever again.
Glenn Cullen: On what grounds?
Hugh Abbott: Smiling! Inappropriate smiling! And smirking! Smiling and smirking! I don't wanna see that smile or smirk ever again, ok?

Malcolm Tucker: What did the Prime Minister ACTUALLY said to you?
Hugh Abbott: He actually said this is exactly the sort of thing we should be doing.
Malcolm Tucker: "SHOULD" be doing. "Should" does not mean "yes".


"The Thick of It: Episode #2.2" (2005)
Hugh Abbot: Good morning.
Robyn Murdoch: Good morning, Minister.
Hugh Abbot: Just off to your 8:30 with Malcolm? The Big One? First one?
Robyn Murdoch: Into the lion's den. The viper's pit.
Hugh Abbot: The belly of the beast. The lair of the white worm.
Oliver Reeder: The eye of the snake.
[all stare at him]
Hugh Abbot: Not all the departments get asked to the 8:30's, so it's great that we are in there with the big hitters. Always best to be inside the tent, pissing out.
Oliver Reeder: Absolutely. If you were doing this at the Department of Enviorment and Rural Affairs, at 8:30 you'd be very much outside the tent, probably at Coffee Republic.
Hugh Abbot: Covered in piss.

Malcolm Tucker: Hughey?
Hugh Abbot: Just thought you'd like to know as soon as possible. Terry's dad?
Malcolm Tucker: Yeah?
Hugh Abbot: No news.
Malcolm Tucker: So, you've come to talk about the reshuffle, then?
Hugh Abbot: Yeah. In terms of shuffley stuff, how's Neil? Is his heart...?
Malcolm Tucker: Have you not heard? He's paralised. Neil's on wheels. He's a vegetable.
Hugh Abbot: Oh, dear.
Malcolm Tucker: Mind you, that means you could have his department.
Hugh Abbot: Oh, you ARE kidding. Fuck you very much.
Malcolm Tucker: I know you're looking for mouth-to-mouth on the reshuffle, but I don't know anything about it and even the PM is still working it out on the back of a Coldplay CD as we speak.

Hugh Abbot: [arguing about Hugh remaining in the dark on the 8:30's situation] Why didn't you tell me, Glenn? What possible reason did you have? You saw me, I was swinging like a colostomy bag!
Glenn Cullen: Oh, Hugh, grow up! Stuff happens in this department every day, I can't tell you everything!
Hugh Abbot: Since when, Glenn, since when does the Secretary of State for Social Affairs have to find out from the fucking press that every morning at 8:30 I'm being fisted up the gallbladder by a bald man?

Malcolm Tucker: Alright, guys, thanks very much for staying on. Julius Nicholson, right? Blue-sky thinker? Ex-business guru? Dog rapist? He's being a nuisance to me, he's also got plans of squizzing your department so hard, you'll be lucky to be left with one bollock between the three of you. So all I'm doing here is asking you, formally, if you will join me in a little bit of a circle jerk?
Hugh Abbot: Circle jerk?
Oliver Reeder: Alot of guys in a circle, all, you know... Well, I assume you don't mean literally, do you? Presumably?
Malcolm Tucker: [to Glenn] Tony Mack in the Lobby, you know him, right? Call him, now. Tell him that you're getting that Nicholson is gonna get Foreign Sec in the reshuffle.
Glenn Cullen: [on the phone] Tony! Hi! How's it dangling, yeah? Listen, I just want to run something past you. I wonder if you're hearing what, you know, I've been hearing, that Nicholson's gonna be getting Foreign Sec.
Malcolm Tucker: Hugh, who is your top mate in the commenteria?
Hugh Abbot: Colin Sykes.
Malcolm Tucker: Colin Sykes? That's your top mate? Call him up!
Hugh Abbot: [on the phone] Hi, Colin! It's Hugh Abbot speaking, how are you? Got a decent back hand yet? Hugh, Hugh Abbot, we played tennis together. Yeah, yeah!
Glenn Cullen: [on the phone] I know it's probably bollocks, but that's what we all thought when Jim was up for Home Secretary. Next thing we know, he's given up the Colombian marching powder and taken up the sacraments.
Hugh Abbot: [on the phone] Foreign Secretary is exactly where he should be, he's a smart guy. I think at one point I called him a dog rapist.
[Tucker's phone rings]
Malcolm Tucker: [on the phone] Cath! I don't know where it's come from, I've been getting it as well! Stonewall them, ok? I'll talk to the boss!
[hangs up]
Malcolm Tucker: And now I'm gonna phone the Prime Minister of Great Britain.
[on the phone]
Malcolm Tucker: Allright, boss? Yeah, look, I'm really sorry to interrupt you, but we're getting hit on the blind side here! Stuff about Julius Nicholson? Cath's and I phones are both white hot. Stuff about him becoming Foreign Sec! Am I out of the loop here? Well, person that's most likely to be getting his mates to put this kind of stuff around is Julius Nicholson. You put so much hope in them, they always let you down. I think maybe Julius needs to have his wings clipped a wee bit, you know. Do you wanna do it? I think you're right, I think it's better if I just had a little chat. I'll see you in the morning. Night.
[hangs up]
Malcolm Tucker: Fucking brilliant! Eight missed messages! Sleep lightly.


"The Thick of It: Episode #1.3" (2005)
Malcolm Tucker: It IS possible to have a good resignation, you know!
Hugh Abbot: "A good resignation"? Oh, I'm looking forward to how you're gonna sell THIS to me!
Malcolm Tucker: Look, people really like it when you go just a bit early! You know, steely jawed, faraway look in your eyes! Before they get to the point when they sitting round in pubs and say "Oh, that fucker's got to go!", you surprise them! "Blimey, he's gone! I didn't expect that! Resigned! You don't see THAT much anymore! Old school! Respect! I rather liked the guy! He was hounded out by the fucking press!" How about that, ah? What a way to go! Yeah!

Malcolm Tucker: It IS possible to have a good resignation, you know!
Hugh Abbott: "A good resignation"? Oh, I'm looking forward to how you're gonna sell THIS to me!
Malcolm Tucker: Look, people really like it when you go just a bit early! You know, steely jawed, faraway look in your eyes! Before they get to the point when they sitting round in pubs and say "Oh, that fucker's got to go!", you surprise them! "Blimey, he's gone! I didn't expect that! Resigned! You don't see THAT much anymore! Old school! Respect! I rather liked the guy! He was hounded out by the fucking press!" How about that, ah? What a way to go! Yeah!