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The Thick of It: Season 4: Episode 7 -- The final reckoning. As the fallout from the enquiry starts to take its toll, the everyday problems of government continue.  Despite the fact that no-one is actually talking to each other any more.
The Thick of It: Season 4: Episode 6 -- Everyone has a lot of questions to answer about the suicide of a key-worker after his flat was sold off. Lord Goolding is reputedly a fair man, but he isn't going to stand for any nonsense. Surely now, the truth will come out.
The Thick of It: Season 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 as the smelly flood water of scandal is lapping round their toes.
The Thick of It: Season 4: Episode 4 -- With Nicola safely on a train to attend the party’s Here 2 Hear event in far-flung Bradford, Malcolm is free to launch his latest plot.
The Thick of It: Season 4: Episode 3 -- Stewart Pearson is running “Thought Camp” at a remote hotel in the country as the perfect way to reengage the party with the creative cloudscape - no phones, no iPads.


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19 May 2005 (UK) See more »
Set in the corridors of power and spin, the Minister for Social Affairs, is continually harassed by Number 10's policy enforcer and dependent on his not-so-reliable team of civil servants.
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 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 37)

Chris Addison ... Oliver Reeder (22 episodes, 2005-2012)
James Smith ... Glenn Cullen (22 episodes, 2005-2012)

Peter Capaldi ... Malcolm Tucker (21 episodes, 2005-2012)

Joanna Scanlan ... Terri Coverley (20 episodes, 2005-2012)

Rebecca Front ... Nicola Murray (13 episodes, 2009-2012)

Olivia Poulet ... Emma Messinger (10 episodes, 2007-2012)
Vincent Franklin ... Stewart Pearson (10 episodes, 2007-2012)

Will Smith ... Phil Smith (10 episodes, 2007-2012)

Roger Allam ... Peter Mannion (10 episodes, 2007-2012)

Series Directed by
Armando Iannucci (14 episodes, 2005-2012)
Natalie Bailey (2 episodes, 2012)
Series Writing credits
Ian Martin (21 episodes, 2005-2012)
Simon Blackwell (20 episodes, 2005-2012)
Tony Roche (18 episodes, 2005-2012)
Armando Iannucci (17 episodes, 2005-2009)
Jesse Armstrong (15 episodes, 2005-2009)
Sean Gray (14 episodes, 2009-2012)
Will Smith (14 episodes, 2009-2012)
Roger Drew (11 episodes, 2009-2012)

Series Produced by
Adam Tandy .... producer (24 episodes, 2005-2012)
Armando Iannucci .... series producer / producer / ... (14 episodes, 2005-2012)
Jon Plowman .... executive producer (9 episodes, 2005-2007)
Andy Forssell .... executive producer (7 episodes, 2012)
Natalie Bailey .... assistant producer (3 episodes, 2007)
Series Cinematography by
Jamie Cairney (23 episodes, 2005-2012)
Series Film Editing by
Gary Dollner (9 episodes, 2009-2012)
Anthony Boys (8 episodes, 2007-2009)
Billy Sneddon (6 episodes, 2005-2007)
David Frisby (3 episodes, 2005)
Series Casting by
Sarah Crowe (9 episodes, 2005-2007)
Series Production Design by
Simon Rogers (10 episodes, 2005-2009)
Series Art Direction by
Antony Cartlidge (7 episodes, 2012)
Martina O'Loughlin (6 episodes, 2005)
Thorin Thompson (2 episodes, 2007)
Series Set Decoration by
Laura Marsh (1 episode, 2009)
Series Costume Design by
Ros Little (12 episodes, 2005-2009)
Jackie Vernon (6 episodes, 2005-2012)
Series Makeup Department
Jayne Buxton .... makeup assistant / makeup supervisor / ... (8 episodes, 2005-2007)
Judith Barkas .... makeup designer (6 episodes, 2005-2007)
Cathy Burczak .... makeup artist / makeup assistant (3 episodes, 2005-2007)
Series Production Management
Catherine Gosling Fuller .... production manager (5 episodes, 2009)
Gayle Cope .... production manager (3 episodes, 2005)
Francis Gilson .... production manager (3 episodes, 2005)
Grace Boylan .... production manager (3 episodes, 2007)
Ali Bryer Carron .... unit manager (3 episodes, 2007)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris May .... first assistant director (9 episodes, 2007-2012)
Natalie Segal .... second assistant director / first assistant director (4 episodes, 2005-2012)
Cordelia Hardy .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 2005-2007)
Lisa Thornton .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 2007)
Jude Campbell .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 2009)
Jonny Benson .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 2005)
Series Art Department
Dave Oakham .... prop master (9 episodes, 2005-2007)
Paul Mitchell .... standby props / stand-by propman (8 episodes, 2009)
Craig Price .... property master (8 episodes, 2009)
Dean Brandon .... props (7 episodes, 2012)
Kevin Scarrott .... dressing props (7 episodes, 2012)
Laura Marsh .... production buyer (6 episodes, 2005)
Derek O'Brian .... stand-by props (6 episodes, 2005)
Jack Berk .... stand-by props (4 episodes, 2012)
Laurie Law .... production buyer (3 episodes, 2007)
Sam Harley .... stand-by props (2 episodes, 2007)
Series Sound Department
Chris MacLean .... dubbing mixer / dubbing editor / ... (23 episodes, 2005-2012)
Richard Pilcher .... boom operator (20 episodes, 2005-2012)
Matthew Brace .... dubbing editor (15 episodes, 2005-2012)
Ben Coleman .... sound assistant (8 episodes, 2009)
Adam Kidd .... sound assistant (7 episodes, 2012)
Bob Newton .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2005-2007)
Luke Neuman .... boom operator (3 episodes, 2005)
Chris Round .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 2005)
Andrew Halley .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 2005-2007)
Series Visual Effects by
Simon Whalley .... executive producer: framestore / post-production producer (10 episodes, 2007-2009)
Magdalena Berglind .... visual effects coordinator (8 episodes, 2009)
Simon Bourne .... colourist (8 episodes, 2009)
Matt Clarke .... online vfx editor (6 episodes, 2012)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Colin Thwaites .... gaffer (7 episodes, 2005-2007)
Des Willie .... still photographer (7 episodes, 2012)
Ben Wheeler .... camera operator / camera operator: "b" camera (6 episodes, 2005-2007)
Greg Duffield .... camera operator / camera operator: "b" camera (4 episodes, 2005-2007)
Darren Jackson .... gaffer (3 episodes, 2005-2007)
Matt North .... camera trainee (3 episodes, 2005)
Series Casting Department
Cassandra King .... casting assistant (6 episodes, 2005)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Janine Marr .... costume supervisor / wardrobe supervisor (15 episodes, 2005-2012)
Anita Lad .... wardrobe supervisor (3 episodes, 2007)
Series Editorial Department
Jo Walker .... assistant editor (7 episodes, 2012)
Paul Fallon .... colorist (3 episodes, 2005)
Series Other crew
Martin Sixsmith .... script consultant (9 episodes, 2005-2009)
Jez Nightingale .... production executive (9 episodes, 2005-2007)
Owain Jonkers .... production accountant (8 episodes, 2009)
Louis Maunder .... production runner (8 episodes, 2009)
Philip Volkers .... unit publicist photographer (8 episodes, 2009)
Eleanor Downey .... unit manager (7 episodes, 2012)
Laura Park .... production coordinator (7 episodes, 2012)
Angelica Pressello .... script supervisor (7 episodes, 2012)
William Stefan Smith .... assistant: Armando Iannucci (6 episodes, 2009)
Suzanne Baron .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 2005-2007)
Julie Church-Benns .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 2005-2007)
Natalie Bailey .... production coordinator / researcher (4 episodes, 2005)
Harriet Bowden .... production runner (3 episodes, 2005)
Lucy Crayford .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 2005)
Robin Hester .... production accountant (3 episodes, 2005)
Tom Howard .... location manager (3 episodes, 2005)
Kelley James .... production accountant (3 episodes, 2005)
Simon Judd .... production runner (3 episodes, 2005)
Chris May .... location manager (3 episodes, 2005)
Kate Conway .... script consultant (3 episodes, 2007-2009)
Laura Boddington .... producer asst (3 episodes, 2007)
Simon Scott .... location manager (3 episodes, 2007)
Patrick Burrows .... assistant location manager (3 episodes, 2009)
Simon Cooper .... production runner (2 episodes, 2007)
Nila Karadia .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 2007)
Klaudia Mejcz .... production accountant (2 episodes, 2007)
Wendy Poon .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 2007)
Nicholas Searle .... production runner (2 episodes, 2007)

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29 min (6 episodes)
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Australia:MA (some episodes) | Australia:M (some episodes)

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Each episode also has a credit for "the cast" under the writer credits. This is due to some of the dialogue being improvised.See more »
Hugh Abbott:All I do: I work, I eat, I shower, that's it. Occasionally I take a dump, just as a sort of treat. I mean that really IS my treat. I sit there and I think - no, I'm not gonna read the New Statesman, this time is just for me. This is quality time just for me. Is it normal?See more »
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61 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Calling this sharp and funny just doesn't do it justice., 3 November 2005
Author: motor89 from Lancashire, England

Calling this sharp and funny just doesn't do it justice. It's a bit of a cliché to describe it as "Yes Minister" for the 21st century, but it does fit rather well.

Any British person who has followed the news over the last few years will be painfully familiar with "spin" as practised by the current government of the United Kingdom. Where "Yes Minister" dealt with hapless ministers being manipulated by the civil-service mandarins (the power brokers of the time) ... "The Thick Of It" deals primarily with hapless ministers being manipulated by spin doctors (the current power brokers). Spot the difference?

Series one kicks off with the clinical execution of a cabinet minister (department of "Social Affairs") by the party communications director Malcolm Tucker, played to perfection by a fantastically high-powered and abusive Peter Capaldi. In comes the completely ineffectual Hugh Abbott (Chris Langham) as his replacement -- the most recent in a long line we are led to believe -- and off we go. It's a picture of near-total ineptitude. The business of government is to please the media, all the time under the baleful gaze of Tucker and his team of ferocious Rottweilers, and of course the 24 hour gaze of the media... forever on the lookout for stories. Useless empty policy statements, petty oneupmanship, and doing anything to please "Number 10", or the Chancellor at "Number 11" -- or rather not, since pleasing one side can bring down the wrath of the other as you are obviously part of a plot to undermine them. No, it's best just to churn out focus grouped policies that are bland enough not to upset anyone, all the while dreaming of advancement to departments that matter.

It's all desperately funny and insightful. There are no bad performances. Series one and two combined add up to just six half-hour episodes in total. That may surprise Americans used to much longer runs... but when it's this funny and insightful, you are just glad it exists at all.

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