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.

Episode menu

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?

Preview clips

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

Saturday 8th September 2012
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 8th September 2012 10:45pm BBC HD
Sunday 27th October 2013 10:20pm Gold
Monday 28th October 2013 1:30am Gold
Saturday 1st November 2014 11:40pm Gold
Sunday 2nd November 2014 2:45am Gold
Saturday 31st January 2015 11:40pm Gold
Sunday 12th April 2015 11:00pm Gold
Monday 13th April 2015 1:40am Gold
Thursday 7th May 2015 1:40am Gold
Tuesday 18th August 2015 11:00pm Gold
Wednesday 19th August 2015 1:55am Gold
Sunday 27th March 2016 11:50pm Gold
Sunday 2nd October 2016 2:50am Gold
Sunday 19th February 2017 11:00pm Gold
Monday 17th July 2017 3:10am Gold
Monday 8th January 2018 12:40am Gold
Sunday 4th February 2018 3:20am Gold
Monday 5th February 2018 1:50am Gold

Cast & crew

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 (Student)
Jessica Henwick Charlotte (Student)
Dave Florez Teacher
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)
Kate Conway Script Development
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
Anthony Boys (as Ant Boys) Editor
Simon Rogers Production Designer


The Thick of It: Coalition trailer

The Thick of It returns soon for a new series.

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

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