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

The Thick Of It

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two / BBC Four
  • 2005 - 2012
  • 23 episodes (4 series)

Satirical political sitcom. Number 10's foul-mouthed policy enforcer Malcolm Tucker rules the Government's PR team with an iron fist. Stars Peter Capaldi, Chris Addison, James Smith, Joanna Scanlan, Rebecca Front and more.

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Series 3, Episode 3

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.

Further details

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

New Secretary of State Nicola Murray is stuck in a hotel bedroom in Eastbourne, with nothing but a laptop, a printer and a tiny kettle. She and Ollie are trying to finish her speech for the annual party conference and things are not going well. However, Glenn has brought in his secret weapon. Enter Julie Price: tragic widow, people's champion and regional photo opportunity. Is this the breakthrough they need, or the start of a "tug-of-Julie" with Malcolm Tucker?

Broadcast details

Saturday 7th November 2009
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 12th November 2009 11:55pm BBC4
Sunday 31st January 2010 12:00am BBC4
Wednesday 9th March 2011 10:40pm Gold
Saturday 8th October 2011 11:50pm Gold
Sunday 9th October 2011 2:20am Gold
Tuesday 22nd May 2012 12:20am Gold
Tuesday 22nd May 2012 2:00am Gold
Monday 11th June 2012 2:30am Gold
Thursday 28th June 2012 10:00pm BBC HD
Tuesday 23rd October 2012 11:50pm Gold
Monday 5th November 2012 12:20am Gold
Friday 28th June 2013 10:00pm Dave
Sunday 6th October 2013 10:20pm Gold
Monday 7th October 2013 1:30am Gold
Saturday 20th September 2014 11:40pm Gold
Sunday 21st September 2014 3:10am Gold
Sunday 1st March 2015 11:00pm Gold
Monday 2nd March 2015 1:40am Gold
Tuesday 28th July 2015 11:00pm Gold
Wednesday 29th July 2015 2:00am Gold
Saturday 24th October 2015 11:00pm Gold
Sunday 25th October 2015 2:15am Gold
Sunday 14th February 2016 11:00pm Gold
Monday 15th February 2016 2:30am Gold
Sunday 29th January 2017 11:00pm Gold
Monday 3rd April 2017 12:20am Gold
Saturday 13th May 2017 2:10am Gold
Monday 22nd May 2017 12:20am Gold
Thursday 27th June 2019 10:30pm BBC Scotland
Tuesday 22nd August 2023 9:30pm BBC4

Cast & crew

Peter Capaldi Malcolm Tucker
Chris Addison Oliver Reeder
James Smith Glenn Cullen
Joanna Scanlan Terri Coverley
Rebecca Front Nicola Murray
Lucinda Raikes Angela Heaney
Guest cast
Miles Jupp John Duggan (Press Officer)
Melanie Hill Julie Price
Writing team
Tony Roche Writer
Ian Martin Writer (Additional Material)
Roger Drew Writer (Additional Material)
Will Smith Writer (Additional Material)
Martin Sixsmith Script Development
Kate Conway Script Development
Jesse Armstrong Writer (Additional Material)
Simon Blackwell Writer (Additional Material)
Armando Iannucci Writer (Additional Material)
Sean Gray Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Armando Iannucci Director
Adam Tandy Producer
Mark Freeland Executive Producer
Armando Iannucci Executive Producer
Gary Dollner Editor
Simon Rogers Production Designer

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