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 4

The Thick Of It. Fergus Williams (Geoffrey Streatfeild). Copyright: BBC.

1. Episode One

First broadcast: Saturday 8th September 2012

Tensions are running high in DoSAC. It is launch day for 'Silicon Playgrounds', a new digital youth policy - and Number 10 spin doctor Stewart Pearson delivers the bombshell that the PM wants digital-illiterate Peter Mannion to launch it. What could possibly go wrong?

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The Thick Of It. Image shows from L to R: Oliver Reeder (Chris Addison), Helen Hatley (Rebecca Gethings), Nicola Murray (Rebecca Front). Copyright: BBC.

2. Episode Two

First broadcast: Saturday 15th September 2012

Nicola and Malcolm are less than happy when her new policy advisor, Helen Hatley, is accidentally photographed holding embarrassing notes from an ideas meeting. As if being followed around by an eight foot pork chop and being attacked by your own side wasn't enough to deal with!

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

3. Episode Three

First broadcast: Saturday 22nd September 2012

No. 10's spin doctor Stewart Pearson is running 'Thought Camp' at a remote country house hotel. Meanwhile, Phil is surprised to find the ministerial offices less than deserted. Then all political hell is let loose when an unexpected and tragic news story breaks.

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The Thick Of It. John Duggan (Miles Jupp). Copyright: BBC.

4. Episode Four

First broadcast: Saturday 29th September 2012

It's D-Day for Nicola; whilst she's aboard a train heading to the political wasteland of Bradford he is free to launch an all-out attack on her leadership. She won't go without a fight, but who'll be victorious?

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The Thick Of It. Image shows from L to R: Phil Smith (Will Smith), Emma Messinger (Olivia Poulet), Peter Mannion (Roger Allam), Stewart Pearson (Vincent Franklin). Copyright: BBC.

5. Episode Five

First broadcast: Saturday 13th October 2012

As the key worker housing sell-off continues to unravel, both Government and Opposition are left scrambling for the moral high ground, flinging dirt back down behind them.

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

6. Episode Six

First broadcast: Saturday 20th October 2012

Hour long special. Everyone has a lot of questions to answer about the suicide of a key-worker after his flat was sold off - Government, Opposition and Civil Service alike.

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The Thick Of It. Image shows from L to R: Fergus Williams (Geoffrey Streatfeild), Glenn Cullen (James Smith), Adam Kenyon (Ben Willbond). Copyright: BBC.

7. Episode Seven

First broadcast: Saturday 27th October 2012

Every dog has its day, but as the fallout from the inquiry starts to take its toll, the everyday problems of government continue unabated. Despite the fact that no-one is actually talking to each other any more.

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