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, Episode 1

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?

Further details

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

Tensions are running high in DoSAC. It is launch day for 'Silicon Playgrounds', the Coalition's new digital youth policy master-minded by Junior Minister Fergus Williams.

Number 10's spin doctor Stewart Pearson delivers the bombshell that the PM wants digital-illiterate Peter Mannion to launch the policy, rather than Fergus. What could possibly go wrong with that?

All Fergus gets left with is drawing up the list of staff redundancies, and Terri Coverley is pretty sure she can make his hit list if she plays her cards right, finding help from an unexpected direction.

Broadcast details

Date
Saturday 8th September 2012
Time
9:45pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
James Smith Glenn Cullen
Joanna Scanlan Terri Coverley
Roger Allam Peter Mannion
Vincent Franklin Stewart Pearson
Olivia Poulet Emma Messinger
Will Smith Phil Smith
Ben Willbond Adam Kenyon
Geoffrey Streatfeild Fergus Williams
Guest cast
Hamza Jeetooa Raj
Jessica Henwick Charlotte (Student)
Dave Florez Teacher (Student)
Tom Andrews Journalist
Adam Tandy Journalist
Gareth Tunley Journalist
Martha Cope Journalist
Manjinder Virk Journalist
Dan Mersh Journalist
Writing team
Simon Blackwell Writer
Tony Roche Writer
Sean Gray Writer
Roger Drew Writer (Additional Material)
Will Smith Writer
Ian Martin Writer
David Quantick Writer
Dan Gaster Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Natalie Bailey Director
Adam Tandy Producer
Armando Iannucci Producer
Mark Freeland Executive Producer
Andy Forssell Executive Producer

Videos

The Thick of It: Coalition trailer

The Thick of It returns soon for a new series.

Featuring: Peter Capaldi (Malcolm Tucker), Roger Allam (Peter Mannion), Vincent Franklin (Stewart Pearson), Will Smith (Phil Smith), Ben Willbond (Adam Kenyon).

Time For School

Peter Mannion, the Secretary of State for Social Affairs, is told to launch his Coalition partner Fergus's new 'Networked Nation' policy at a school.

Featuring: James Smith (Glenn Cullen), Joanna Scanlan (Terri Coverley), Roger Allam (Peter Mannion), Vincent Franklin (Stewart Pearson), Olivia Poulet (Emma Messinger), Will Smith (Phil Smith).

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