- 2005 - 2012
- BBC Two, BBC Four
- 23 (4 series)
- Armando Iannucci
- Peter Capaldi, Chris Addison, James Smith, Joanna Scanlan, Rebecca Front, Chris Langham, Roger Allam, Lucinda Raikes and others
- Jesse Armstrong, Armando Iannucci, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche and Sean Gray
- Armando Iannucci and Natalie Bailey
- Adam Tandy and Armando Iannucci
Caustic comedy, set in the corridors of power. This satirical sitcom focuses on the civil servants, the PR team and ministers who work for the (fictional) Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship.
Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) is the Prime Minister's Director of Communications. He uses bullying, intimidation and lots of swearing to try and keep The Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship in the press for the right reasons, but out of the press whenever there is something that needs covering up.
Staff in the department include naive spin-doctor Ollie, jaded Senior Special Advisor Glenn, and Terri, the ineffectual Departmental Press Secretary.
Series 1 focused on Hugh Abbot (Chris Langham), a put-upon MP who is continually harassed by Malcolm and let down by his not-so-reliable team of civil servants.
With Hugh "away in Australia", the two specials that followed in 2007 expanded the show's premise to observe Peter Mannion (Roger Allam) and his team over at Opposition HQ too.
The third starts just after a reshuffle - the last shift around before the General Election. As a result, Malcolm now has a new Social Affairs Secretary to deal with in the form of Nicola Murray (Rebecca Front).
- Production company
- Laugh track
- First broadcast
- Thursday 19th May 2005 on BBC Four at 10:30pm
- Last new broadcast
- Saturday 27th October 2012 on BBC Two at 9:30pm
- Last repeat
- Monday 5th August 2019 at 11:30pm on BBC Scotland