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, Episode 1

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.

Further details

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

It's "Reshuffle Day" at No. 10. Nicola Murray is so far down the list of prospective ministers that Malcolm Tucker doesn't even have a file on her. But when the job at the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship is turned down by everybody else, there's no option but to promote her to the Cabinet.

The downside is that Nicola is very keen. She also has expensive ideas and ideals; a husband who works for a company that has government contracts; an 11-year-old about to go to a private school; and she's about to face the media at a crucial by-election poster launch. Suddenly, Malcolm's got a file that's getting a bit too big for comfort. Something will have to be done.

Broadcast details

Date
Saturday 24th October 2009
Time
10:10pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Peter Capaldi Malcolm Tucker
Chris Addison Oliver Reeder
James Smith Glenn Cullen
Joanna Scanlan Terri Coverley
Rebecca Front Nicola Murray
Guest cast
Pearce Quigley Doug Hayes MP
Rory Kinnear Ed (Press Officer)
Writing team
Simon Blackwell Writer
Ian Martin Writer (Additional Material)
Roger Drew Writer (Additional Material)
Will Smith Writer (Additional Material)
Jesse Armstrong Writer (Additional Material)
Armando Iannucci Writer (Additional Material)
Tony Roche Writer (Additional Material)
Sean Gray Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Armando Iannucci Director
Adam Tandy Producer
Mark Freeland Executive Producer
Armando Iannucci Executive Producer

Video

Trailer for the new series

Nicola Murray soon discovers her new role is not quite what she imagined.

Featuring: James Smith (Glenn Cullen), Rebecca Front (Nicola Murray).

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