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 - Spinners And Losers

Malcolm Tucker's political career hangs in the balance. He has just seventeen hours to spin himself back into power, and it's going to be the longest night of his life.

Further details

The Thick Of It. Image shows from L to R: Angela Heaney (Lucinda Raikes), Adam Kenyon (Ben Willbond). Copyright: BBC.

All hell has broken loose at Number 10 as the Prime Minister resigns six months too early. Suddenly everyone that wants to keep their jobs has to become best friends with the Nutter faction - headed up by Chief Nutter Tom. Or failing that, they have to find someone stupid enough to stand against him and force a leadership contest.

Malcolm's psychotic henchman Jamie loathes the Nutters so he's found himself a stalking-horse in the form of Cliff Lawton, the minister replaced by Hugh Abbot. And Hugh is literally up in the air (on his way back from Australia) so his advisor Glenn is working hard to keep Hugh's name in the frame with the new regime. But the rest of the team at the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship is too pre-occupied with other things. Terri is off home for a dental appointment, Robyn is fire-fighting a walkout at the Immigration Sorting Centre (courtesy of Peter Mannion's team in the Opposition), and Ollie is being seduced over to the Dark Side - he's suddenly become big buddies with Ben Swain, the young Nutter hopeful.

But when Tom's dark past starts to unravel the Nutter plans almost anyone could make a play for the top job, providing they have a proper media strategy behind them!


Following this episode was a 30 minute extra episode available via the Red Button. The episode saw Peter Mannion's attempts at a peaceful evening thwarted by public relations.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 3rd July 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
Lucinda Raikes Angela Heaney
Tony Gardner Dan Miller
Polly Kemp Robyn Murdoch
Paul Higgins Jamie
Alex Macqueen Julius Nicholson
Justin Edwards Ben Swain
Ben Willbond Adam Kenyon
Guest cast
Timothy Bentinck Cliff Lawton (ex-Minister)
Rob Edwards Geoff Holhurst
Eve Matheson Claire Ballantine
Martin Savage Nick Hanway
Diveen Henry Elizabeth
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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