The Thick Of It. Image shows from L to R: Oliver Reeder (Chris Addison), Terri Coverley (Joanna Scanlan), Nicola Murray (Rebecca Front), Glenn Cullen (James Smith), Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi). Copyright: BBC.

The Thick Of It

BBC Two and BBC Four sitcom about political spin. 23 episodes (4 series), 2005 - 2012. Stars Peter Capaldi, Chris Addison, James Smith, Joanna Scanlan and others.

Series 2, Episode 1

Something goes terribly wrong at a ministerial visit to a factory. Only Malcolm can help.

Further details

Ollie arrives sheepishly at the office after a one-night stand with his opposition shadow researcher, making him the butt of all jokes - "How the hell did this spread so quickly?"

Glenn and Hugh are preparing for a factory visit; Ollie announces he won't be around to help as he's been seconded to work at No 10 with Malcolm.

Ollie arrives at Number 10 only to realise that Malcolm is not in the slightest bit interested in his policies and brain but in the fact that he has an insider view of the opposition after his one-night stand.

He's been seconded to spy on the opposition to aid Malcolm's team, who are trying to keep the lid on a MOD overspend. It would seem that as he's not Scottish, Ollie will need to sleep his way to the top - he knows his political career depends on it.

Meanwhile over at the factory visit, an angry woman begins complaining about the treatment of her mother at the hands of the NHS.

Ollie flags this up as possible bad press to Malcolm. His response: "NMFP" - Not My F****** Problem. Malcolm is more interested if Ollie has he got any 'dirt' from his girlfriend yet?

The pressure is on for Ollie: does he choose an allegiance to Malcolm or Hugh? Does he make a decision for his long-term career or a short term alliance?

Broadcast details

Thursday 20th October 2005
BBC Four
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Peter Capaldi Malcolm Tucker
Chris Addison Oliver Reeder
James Smith Glenn Cullen
Chris Langham Hugh Abbot
Polly Kemp Robyn Murdoch
Paul Higgins Jamie
Guest cast
Di Botcher Pauline McKendrick
Robert Portal Mark Davies
Graeme Mearns Frankie
Rob Edwards Geoff Holhurst
Theo Fraser Steele Christian Holhurst
Writing team
Jesse Armstrong Writer
Ian Martin Writer (Additional Material)
Simon Blackwell Writer (Additional Material)
Armando Iannucci Writer (Additional Material)
Tony Roche Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Armando Iannucci Director
Adam Tandy Producer
Jon Plowman Executive Producer

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