The Thick of It (2005–2012)
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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 »

Goofs

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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Hugh Abbot: [on the phone, fter the Snooper Force announcement] Malcolm!
Malcolm Tucker: What the fuck was that? Was this the whole Snooper Force thing from you?
Hugh Abbot: Malcolm, I've talked to the PM and this is completely kosher as far as he's concerned. He gave the go-ahead and he said, you know, bounce the Treasury.
Malcolm Tucker: Don't you realise, we have got 17 different issues we are fighting with the Treasury about?
Hugh Abbot: I can hear that you are, as your usual, upset.
Malcolm Tucker: I'll tell you why I am upset. I'm upset because these fucking morons over ...
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