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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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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)
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)
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?

One of the main characters is called Glen Cullen. Glencullen is the name of two places in Ireland (a village in County Dublin and a townland in County Mayo).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:
Featured in Sex and the Sitcom (2011) (TV)See more »


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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Dry humor in maniacal proportions, 16 January 2013
Author: aequus314

It is difficult to find comedies that elicit genuine laughter these days and The Thick Of It distinguishes itself. A cold open format demands attention right away before the humor seeps in; by the time you realize what your gut is in for, the crays in Department of "Social Affairs" have crept their way into your system. Every preemptive political misstep creates so much hysteria and disaster it's impossible for bystanders not to find amusement in the absurdity and idiocy of it all.

I am rather cautious about over hyped programs. Especially after feeling disappointed with The Office (UK), Little Britain and The Peep Show. But the lyrical filth snaps and pops too delightfully in this one to look away. Par course for the comic timing seized with perfection by Malcolm and Hugh.

Although The Thick of It functions as satirical commentary on the British government, I find that anyone with a soft spot for political feuds and human nature will relate to it, and thus enjoy watching. Unless plot points and character device are specifically designed to allude to real life figures/events in each episode (in which case, I'm too uninformed to "catch"), you don't need sound knowledge of UK's current affairs to "get it". Much like how you don't need to be black or American to acknowledge the simple premise behind The Wire—classic institutional dysfunction and media consumption. Only difference between the two being the latter is a slow-burning novelistic tale layered with stoic horror, while the former flips like a sprightly comic book punctuated with wags and wit.

Issues such as uninspired leadership, reluctant lackeys, chasing ranks, falsifying stats and information are things that guide and obstruct real progress within any system. In this sense, I think the appeal of The Thick Of It is universal. That the self-involved, self-defeating, borderline-sociopathic qualities harassing its spin doctors promptly blow up in their own clueless faces is just icing on the cake. Dry humor in maniacal proportions with accurate insights into the bureaucratic condition are worth the viewer ship. One season in and I think The Thick Of It is absolutely winning and hilarious.

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