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"The Thick of It" (2005) More at IMDbPro »TV series 2005-2012

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The Thick of It -- 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 -- The final reckoning. Every dog has its day, but as the fallout from the enquiry starts to take its toll, the everyday problems of government continue unabated. The Home Office have cut police numbers, created a huge backlog of arrest paperwork, and managed to blame DoSAC for everything. Dan Miller gets sent on a fact-finding mission to the local cop-shop.
The Thick of It -- 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 -- 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.


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Release Date:
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 (18 episodes, 2005-2012)
Natalie Bailey (2 episodes, 2012)
Series Writing credits
Armando Iannucci (24 episodes, 2005-2012)
Ian Martin (24 episodes, 2005-2012)
Simon Blackwell (23 episodes, 2005-2012)
Tony Roche (21 episodes, 2005-2012)
Jesse Armstrong (15 episodes, 2005-2009)
Sean Gray (14 episodes, 2009-2012)
Will Smith (14 episodes, 2009-2012)
Roger Drew (12 episodes, 2009-2012)
Dan Gaster (3 episodes, 2012)
David Quantick (3 episodes, 2012)

Series Produced by
Armando Iannucci .... series producer / executive producer / ... (24 episodes, 2005-2012)
Adam Tandy .... producer (24 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)
Nick Martin (3 episodes, 2012)
Series Film Editing by
Anthony Boys (11 episodes, 2007-2012)
Gary Dollner (9 episodes, 2009-2012)
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)
Samantha Harley .... stand-by props (2 episodes, 2007)
Laurence Archer .... dressing propman / property master (2 episodes, 2009-2012)
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)
Christopher 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)
Michelle Sally .... artist contracts (2 episodes, 2012)

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29 min (6 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA (some episodes) | Australia:M (some episodes)

Did You Know?

The show employs Ian Martin as a "swearing consultant"; one of his roles is to pen the complex and creative insults used in the show.See more »
Malcolm Tucker:Sam? Can you get me Terri Coverley and Glenn Cullen? Make them an appointment to come over? I think I got to shout at somebody, you know? Oh, actually, get me John at Culture on the phone, I think I'll have a bit of a shout now.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Adam Curtis: Bitter Lake (2015)See more »


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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Excellent, 29 June 2012
Author: rebecca-ry from North Lanarkshire, Scotland

'The Thick of It' is slowly becoming more and more popular especially as political scandals are becoming more frequent in headlines. The writing, acting and dialogue are all strong points in this series.

The acting from people such as Rebecca Front, Chris Addison, Paul Higgins and of course Peter Capaldi are excellent. They don't all play particularly likable characters but that is the purpose of this show, to highlight the dark side of British politics.

Armando Ianucci's direction and scripts are excellent, the stories are very realistic and on some occasions this show has even managed to predict an actual occurrence in Westminster before it has actually happened, that is how intelligent this show is. If you have an interest in politics you will love this show, if you dislike swearing you will loathe it; the dialogue particularly from Capaldi's Malcolm Tucker is obscene nearly all the time, he provides about 75% of the comedy in this series. The show is quite unique because of the amount of swearing included within it, especially since it is a BBC programme.

The first and second series were good but the third series has been the best so far. The only thing missing from the third series was Paul Higgins' character Jamie MacDonald who had small parts in the first and second series and worked really well alongside Malcolm Tucker. The fourth series has now been shot and is scheduled to return later on this year (2012).

Overall, I would thoroughly recommend this TV series. People outside the UK may struggle understanding the plots of each episode, however. Its documentary style filming method takes a while to get used to but it suits the nature of the series perfectly. If you like this programme try 'In The Loop', the film based on this series, also starring Peter Capaldi, Paul Higgins and Chris Addison.

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