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 2

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!

Further details

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

It's a busy day for Nicola Murray MP, who is mostly trying to tell her left foot from her right with the help of her new policy advisor, Helen Hatley.

When Helen is accidentally photographed holding embarrassing notes from Nicola's ideas meeting, Nicola and her media strategist Malcolm Tucker are less than happy. But then Nicola is already stressed by having an eight foot pork chop follow her about, and being attacked by the rest of the shadow cabinet for endorsing unpopular policies.

And, even worse, her rival Dan Miller MP seems to be getting on very well with Malcolm.

Broadcast details

Saturday 15th September 2012
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Peter Capaldi Malcolm Tucker
    Chris Addison Oliver Reeder
    Rebecca Front Nicola Murray
    Tony Gardner Dan Miller
    Justin Edwards Ben Swain
    Rebecca Gethings Helen Hatley
    Guest cast
    Rob Edwards Geoff Holhurst
    Samantha Harrington Sam
    Gareth Tunley Journalist
    Michael Colgan Mr Chop (Declan - Mirror Journalist)
    Chetna Pandya Journalist
    Writing team
    Simon Blackwell Writer
    Sean Gray Writer
    Will Smith Writer (Additional Material)
    Ian Martin Writer
    Roger Drew Writer
    Dan Gaster Writer
    Tony Roche Writer (Additional Material)
    Georgia Pritchett Writer (Additional Material)
    Production team
    Billy Sneddon 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


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