The Thick of It: Season 1, Episode 1

Episode #1.1 (19 May 2005)

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Minister for Social Affairs Cliff Lawton is about to be sacked if the press is to be believed. Conniving political advisor Malcolm Tucker comes up with a solution. He must resign before he ... See full summary »

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Minister for Social Affairs Cliff Lawton is about to be sacked if the press is to be believed. Conniving political advisor Malcolm Tucker comes up with a solution. He must resign before he is fired and thus seem to be doing the decent thing. Cliff's replacement is Hugh Abbot, well-meaning and anxious to instigate his Snooper Force, issuing honest press releases irrespective of government directives. Policy advisors Ollie and Glenn are called in to make a compromise. Tucker is horrified and has his own response. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The ministerial car is a Rover 75 Vanden Plas, a rare long wheelbase version which is 20cm longer than the standard saloon. See more »

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In the car scenes, a Rover 75 is used for the exterior shots (and also one interior insert shot of the driver) and a stretched Volvo 960 is used for the interior shots. The Volvo has a much boxier shape so it's obvious by the rear doors and roofline it's not the same car as the one in the outside shots. See more »

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Malcolm Tucker: Seriously, the PM likes you personally. I like you personally, and we have absolutely no desire to get rid of you. I just want you to know that. None of this negative stuff is coming from us.
Cliff Lawton: Oh, Mal, mate, that... makes a big difference, makes me feel a lot more secure.
Malcolm Tucker: Does it? Well, that's difficult.
Cliff Lawton: What's difficult?
Malcolm Tucker: Just endless headlines, just endless, day after day, chipping away at your confidence.
Cliff Lawton: Absolutely.
Malcolm Tucker: See, the thing is, that we're starting to look weak. Everyone say "When's he ...
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