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 3

The Thick Of It. Image shows from L to R: Nicola Murray (Rebecca Front), Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi). Copyright: BBC.

1. Episode One

First broadcast: Saturday 24th October 2009

It's 'Reshuffle Day' at Number 10. When the job at the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship is turned down by everybody else, there's no option but to promote junior minister Nicola Murray to the Cabinet.

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The Thick Of It. Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi). Copyright: BBC.

2. Episode Two

First broadcast: Saturday 31st October 2009

Nicola Murray MP has been Secretary of State for just over a week but already there is press speculation on how long she is going to last. And now, someone at the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship has completely wiped the immigration records of 170,672 people.

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The Thick Of It. Image shows from L to R: Glenn Cullen (James Smith), Julie Price (Melanie Hill). Copyright: BBC.

3. Episode Three

First broadcast: Saturday 7th November 2009

Nicola and Ollie are trying to write speech for the annual party conference in a hotel bedroom in Eastbourne, with nothing but a laptop, a printer and a tiny kettle.

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The Thick Of It. Peter Mannion (Roger Allam). Copyright: BBC.

4. Episode Four

First broadcast: Saturday 14th November 2009

The civil servants prepare for a visit from the shadow minister Peter Mannion. For Peter and his team, this informal pre-election briefing is a good opportunity to measure up for new curtains.

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The Thick Of It. Image shows from L to R: Peter Mannion (Roger Allam), Nicola Murray (Rebecca Front). Copyright: BBC.

5. Episode Five

First broadcast: Saturday 21st November 2009

Nicola and Peter Mannion are invited onto BBC Radio 5 Live for a debate on Richard Bacon's late-night phone-in programme.

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6. Episode Six

First broadcast: Saturday 28th November 2009

With the Prime Minister away at a summit in Spain, Malcolm Tucker is left at home to mind the shop.

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The Thick Of It. Image shows from L to R: Steve Fleming (David Haig), Julius Nicholson (Alex Macqueen). Copyright: BBC.

7. Episode Seven

First broadcast: Saturday 5th December 2009

Nicola and her team are desperate to find a major sports personality to be the face of the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship's new Healthy Choices campaign.

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The Thick Of It. Image shows from L to R: Julius Nicholson (Alex Macqueen), Steve Fleming (David Haig). Copyright: BBC.

8. Episode Eight

First broadcast: Saturday 12th December 2009

As the election looms, and the opposition is eyeing the prize, the word around the Westminster village is that Malcolm Tucker is running out of both options and friends.

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