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The series may have provided some memorable lines, but it's done little more than pander to our prejudices about politicians

While working as a film critic during the 1930s Graham Greene defined "a humorist in the modern English sense", as someone "who shares the popular taste and who satirises only those with whom the majority are already displeased". This led to what he disparaged as "safe and acceptable" comedies.

What with Malcolm Tucker's Top Trumps swearing, and its mockery of Britain's political class, you might think The Thick of It, which has returned to our screens for its final run, was anything but "safe and acceptable". Since its first episode in 2005 I have been among those who have delighted in its insider jokes and traded with friends my favourite Tucker lines – so far as I'm concerned, it's got to be: "From bean to cup, you fuck up." Sadly there was »

- Steven Fielding

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