The Thick Of It - In The Press
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The BBC satire - which showcased Peter Capaldi's world-famous swearing as Malcolm Tucker - was put to bed even before Capaldi was cast in Doctor Who, says Simon Blackwell.
Written by Ben Dowell. The Radio Times, 24th April 2014
Most of his language is not fit to print yet The Thick of It's sweary spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker has made it into the Oxford English Dictionary with its 2012 word of the year, omnishambles.
Written by Susanna Lazarus. The Radio Times, 28th August 2013
Armando and Peter - both Glasgow born Italian Scots - go way back together and it was the writer's casting of Capaldi as Malcolm Tucker on BBC show The Thick of It which helped relaunch the new Doctor Who's career.
Written by Siobhan Synnot. The Daily Record, 9th August 2013
Peter Capaldi, who played the foul-mouthed spin doctor in The Thick of It, is now to play the Time Lord. What if he played the Doctor in the same sweary way? We imagine the scene.
Written by Stuart Heritage. The Guardian, 5th August 2013
The Thick Of It star Peter Capaldi has said he doesn't think the show should return to the air anytime soon.
Metro, 14th May 2013
Peter Capaldi has a solemn announcement to make: Malcolm is no more.
The Scotsman, 24th March 2013
Working as a director on Sky Atlantic's Veep has made Chris Addison, star of The Thick of It, view US television with new eyes.
Written by Chris Addison. The Sunday Telegraph, 17th February 2013
The last full series of Armando Iannucci's blistering satire brought us a coalition government, carrying an innefectual junior partner and fighting a weak, disorganised opposition. But aside from the contemporary echoes, the show stuck to what's been its central point all along: that so much modern politics is a series of PR stunts and botches, conceived not to make the world better but to get or keep power. The hour-long inquiry episode was riveting, Roger Allam shone as the newly empowered (in theory) Peter Mannion, and Peter Capaldi's fearsome spin doctor Malcolm Tucker bowed out in a final episode to rank with any sitcom finale.
Jack Seale, Radio Times, 28th December 2012
The satire came to a glorious climax, and went from being cathartic to prophetic.
Written by Mark Lawson. The Guardian, 21st December 2012
Knowing when to end a show is one of the most difficult things for TV writers and stars, but Armando Iannucci got it just right with this fourth and final series of The Thick Of It.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie love spin doctor Malcolm Tucker's four-letter rants in The Thick Of It, says Peter Capaldi.
The Sun, 14th December 2012
I never thought my late tweak to the script of The Thick of It would catch on. But the word has mutated omnieverywhere.
Written by Tony Roche. The Guardian, 16th November 2012
The Thick Of It's 'omnishambles' word has been awarded word of the year status by the Oxford English Dictionary.
Written by Tim Clark. Such Small Portions, 13th November 2012
Sadly it was the final episode of possibly the last ever series of The Thick of It (Saturday, BBC Two). After a strange interlude in which the regular characters went before a select committee - a scenario which they didn't really play for laughs - it was back to the verbal gymnastics we know and love. Iannucci has a gift for putting into Malcolm Tucker's mouth similes and metaphors of great originality, ones which manage to shock and amuse at the same time.
So farewell then to BBC2's The Thick Of It. And a special '****ety-bye' to Peter Capaldi's Malcolm Tucker. We will probably never see their like on TV again.
The Thick of It's last ever episode drew a fairly modest audience on Saturday night, early data shows.
Written by Paul Millar. Digital Spy, 30th October 2012
"So, now I have to step into your shoes, but after you've shat in them," said Ollie in the last Thick of It, learning that his first task as Malcolm's stand-in was to spin the arrest of his predecessor on charges of perjury. Malcolm didn't think Ollie was going to be able to fill those shoes, though. "You're not even Manchester's top Malcolm Tucker tribute band," he roared before a meltdown that combined blistering invective with genuine melancholy and pain. Glenn got a lot of things off his chest too, in an episode that ended on the implication that, while some cogs had gone, the machine rumbles on regardless. I hope this is not the end.
As Malcolm Tucker would say, it was "just another day at the f***-office". Can there really be no more?
Written by Caroline Frost. The Huffington Post, 28th October 2012
When a chief whip on a bike is caught behaving out of order, when a prime minister is accidentally heard calling someone a bigot, or when a chancellor of the exchequer is spotted fare-dodging on a train, there is only one thing to say: "It is just like The Thick of It!" we cry.
Simon Pia, former top spin doctor for ex-Scottish Labour leaders Iain Gray and Wendy Alexander, says he has noticed an increase in political press officers adopting the mannerisms of Tucker.
Written by Victoria Weldon. Herald Scotland, 27th October 2012
So. Farewell, then. Malcom Tucker. And farewell to perhaps the finest comedy series of the past decade.
Written by Jake Laverde. Den of Geek, 27th October 2012
Tonight's final episode of The Thick Of It turns the air blue as we say goodbye to its foul-mouthed regulars.
Written by Sarah Deen. Metro, 27th October 2012
What was (probably) the last ever episode of The Thick of It was also one of funniest and most startling ever, and I'm missing the show already. Tell us your favourite lines from this brutal finale.
Written by Stuart Heritage. The Guardian, 27th October 2012
When all's said and done, what better way could there be for The Thick of It to end than with business as usual? After all, as the final series has progressed, the show has taken on an angrier tone, emphasising the sense that something in our political process is irreparably broken. Why should an inquiry make any difference, even if it did damn practically everyone involved? As we rejoin the gang, it's clear they've learned nothing. Discredited DoSAC is now a dumping ground for sundry government problems. This calls for another round of firefighting plus more of the customary obfuscation, petty points-scoring and casual workplace bullying. Any redemption? Any surprise heroes? Well, certain individuals come out of this finale better than others, but what really feels remarkable as this brilliant show concludes is how utterly compelling a series can be when it's peopled entirely by loathsome characters.
Phil Harrison, Time Out, 27th October 2012
Alastair Campbell will be very happy to see the back of The Thick of It's Malcolm Tucker.
Written by Matthew Norman. The Telegraph, 27th October 2012