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.

2007 Specials - The Rise Of The Nutters

Hugh Abbott, the Minister for Social Affairs and Citizenship, is away in Australia. With the coast clear, shadow minister Peter Mannion and his team over at Opposition HQ are free to float a few new policies.

Further details

The Thick Of It. Image shows from L to R: Oliver Reeder (Chris Addison), Ben Swain (Justin Edwards). Copyright: BBC.

Hugh is in Australia. With the department apparently quiet, Glenn is off to renovate his sister's cottage in Wales, and Ollie is looking forward to being in charge for a week or so, feeding policies to junior minister Ben Swain. Swain is part of the 'Nutters', the main faction that hope to take over when the PM finally resigns, and he is keen to make the headlines in the post-Christmas lull. He does, but only because he gets stuffed, roasted and carved up by Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight over his complete ignorance of systems failures at the Immigration Processing Centre in Watford.

What's bad for the Nutters is good for Malcolm Tucker and his team at Number 10. Malcolm can see his days are numbered if the Nutters get in, so he's keen to keep the PM in office for as long as possible, despite the plans of Julius Nicholson, the PM's blue skies advisor, to create a lasting legacy project for the outgoing PM.

Meanwhile, Ollie's been in bed (literally) with the opposition. His new girlfriend Emma is a policy advisor for Peter Mannion. When Emma steals one of Ollie's ideas to put Mannion to work 'at the coalface' in the Immigration Centre for a week, it looks like the opposition are being handed an open goal on immigration policy. But things don't quite go to plan.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 2nd January 2007
BBC Four
60 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Peter Capaldi Malcolm Tucker
    Chris Addison Oliver Reeder
    James Smith Glenn Cullen
    Joanna Scanlan Terri Coverley
    Roger Allam Peter Mannion
    Lucinda Raikes Angela Heaney
    Paul Higgins Jamie
    Alex Macqueen Julius Nicholson
    Justin Edwards Ben Swain
    Vincent Franklin Stewart Pearson
    Olivia Poulet Emma Messinger
    Will Smith Phil Smith
    Guest cast
    David Dawson Affers
    Writing team
    Jesse Armstrong Writer
    Armando Iannucci Writer
    Simon Blackwell Writer
    Tony Roche Writer
    Ian Martin Writer (Additional Material)
    Production team
    Armando Iannucci Director
    Adam Tandy Producer
    Jon Plowman Executive Producer
    Billy Sneddon Editor
    Anthony Boys (as Ant Boys) Editor
    Simon Rogers Production Designer

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