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The Thick of It: series three, episode six

28 November 2009 2:40 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Nicola accidentally launches a leadership bid – is she the best man for the job?

Spoiler Alert: This weekly blog is for those who are watching The Thick of It series three. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode six

This was a bit of an underwhelming, mid-series episode for my money, kicked off with a foolish declaration by minister Nicola Murray (Rebecca Front) that the Pm is "the best man for the job", which of course was gleefully misinterpreted by the media as an audacious leadership bid.

Nevertheless, there were a couple of memorable scenes. One was the attempt by press officer Terri (Joanna Scanlan) – watched through fingertips by everyone else – to tell spin chief Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) where exactly his media strategy was going wrong (she was right, by the way).

The tension built. But Malcolm's response was a surprise. Instead of exploding, he almost broke down, »

- Paul Owen

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The Thick of It: series three, episode five

21 November 2009 2:40 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Rival spin doctors Malcolm Tucker and Stewart Pearson go head to head - and find they have a lot in common

Read Paul Owen's episode four blog

Spoiler Alert: This weekly blog is for those who are watching The Thick of It series three. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode five

The Thick of It seems to be broadening its range of targets specifically so it can start insulting as many BBC colleagues as possible. In this episode Mark Kermode (big hands), Jools Holland (no one watches his Hootenanny) and Jamie Theakston ("the prostitute thing") all get it in the neck – although guest star Richard Bacon has a pretty easy ride.

Minister Nicola Murray (Rebecca Front) and her Tory shadow Peter Mannion (Roger Allam) are jointly interviewed on Bacon's radio show. Nicola flounders, as she did at the Guardian a couple of weeks back; her idea of »

- Paul Owen

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