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Have you been watching … The Thick of It?

17 October 2012 8:07 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The comedy's storylines have been predicting real-life political events with uncanny accuracy. But what do you hope is lined up for the big finale?

The most notable thing about this series of The Thick of It is how alarmingly prescient it's been. First there was the storyline about a government proposal to cut school breakfast clubs, followed the next day by a real-life equivalent. Then there was WeBank, a wildly expensive community bank launched in vain by coalition underdogs Fergus and Adam, which Vince Cable then launched at the Lib Dem party conference two days later. All that's missing is an Auto-Tuned video of Peter Mannion singing an apology direct to camera and The Thick of It would have a perfect record for predicting the future.

It's nothing less than you'd expect from the show that coined the term "omnishambles". While Twenty Twelve might have had a similar run of »

- Stuart Heritage

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Armando Iannucci Talks The Thick Of It, the Hulu Arrangement, and Veep Season 2

30 September 2012 4:21 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Currently in its fourth season, the hilarious British political comedy The Thick of It, set in the corridors of British government, can now be seen unedited on Hulu with new episodes every Sunday, along with the first three seasons. From executive producer/writer/director Armando Iannucci (In The Loop), the show stars Peter Capaldi, Roger Allam, Rebecca Front, Vincent Franklin, Geoffrey Streatfield, Will Smith, Olivia Poulet, James Smith, Joanna Scanlan, Ben Willbond, Chris Addison and Rebecca Gethings. During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, show creator Armando Iannucci talked about how the arrangement with Hulu came about, how happy he is with the fact that the show can be viewed unedited (without all the bleeping for the often foul language) and the day after it airs on BBC, why politics are inherently comic, what originally inspired the series, how surprised he is with the hugely positive reaction, the transition and »

- Christina Radish

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The Thick of It to return with Leveson-style inquiry

12 July 2012 4:41 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Armando Iannucci's BBC2 political satire will reflect real-life changes in Westminster

An out-of-government Malcolm Tucker and the hapless Nicola Murray MP are set to return to BBC2 for a fourth series – the first since 2009 – with the corporation confirming it will be a case of art imitating life to reflect real-life changes in Westminster in the interim.

"This series takes The Thick of It into exciting and uncharted territory: a new coalition government, and Malcolm and Nicola fretting in the wings," said Iannucci, who dropped his second hint in as many months that the characters will have to contend with a public inquiry.

"For the first time too a storyline takes us all the way through the series right to the bitter, bitter end, with government and opposition convulsed in an incident that questions every political convention imaginable, but in a funny way," the writer added.

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- Mark Sweney

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