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 5

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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Further details

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

With Nicola Murray and Peter Mannion on the back foot after the unravelling of the key worker housing sell-off policy, both Government and Opposition scramble for the moral high ground.

Several people are even calling for some sort of inquiry. Everyone wants to spin their own version of the story, by fair means or foul. But with more fingers being pointed, the scandal gets even bigger, threatening to implicate everybody.

Meanwhile, in amongst it all, the department is trying to somehow launch the new Carers Pass.

Broadcast details

Saturday 13th October 2012
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 13th October 2012 9:30pm BBC HD
Wednesday 17th October 2012 11:30pm BBC HD
Sunday 16th November 2014 12:15am Gold
Saturday 7th February 2015 11:45pm Gold
Sunday 17th May 2015 11:00pm Gold
Monday 18th May 2015 1:40am Gold
Tuesday 25th August 2015 11:00pm Gold
Wednesday 26th August 2015 1:50am Gold
Thursday 3rd September 2015 12:40am Gold
Sunday 6th November 2016 2:20am Gold
Sunday 5th March 2017 11:00pm Gold
Monday 29th January 2018 12:30am Gold
Monday 19th February 2018 2:35am Gold
Tuesday 20th February 2018 12:30am Gold
Monday 5th March 2018 2:30am Gold
Saturday 12th May 2018 2:45am Gold

Cast & crew

Peter Capaldi Malcolm Tucker
Chris Addison Oliver Reeder
James Smith Glenn Cullen
Joanna Scanlan Terri Coverley
Rebecca Front Nicola Murray
Roger Allam Peter Mannion
Tony Gardner Dan Miller
Polly Kemp Robyn Murdoch
Vincent Franklin Stewart Pearson
Olivia Poulet Emma Messinger
Will Smith Phil Smith
Ben Willbond Adam Kenyon
Geoffrey Streatfeild Fergus Williams
Rebecca Gethings Helen Hatley
Guest cast
Samantha Harrington Sam
Michael Colgan Mr Chop (Declan - Mirror Journalist)
Joe Cole Jack (Carer)
Mandeep Dhillon Rohinka (Carer)
Writing team
Sean Gray Writer
Ian Martin Writer (Additional Material)
Will Smith Writer (Additional Material)
Roger Drew Writer
Simon Blackwell Writer (Additional Material)
Tony Roche Writer (Additional Material)
Dan Gaster Writer (Additional Material)
David Quantick Writer (Additional Material)
Rob Colley Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Chris Addison Director
Adam Tandy Producer
Armando Iannucci Producer
Mark Freeland Executive Producer
Andy Forssell Executive Producer
Gary Dollner Editor
Simon Rogers Production Designer


Leak Zero trailer

Whilst both the government and opposition scramble for moral high ground, something big is happening. Leak Zero.

Featuring: Roger Allam (Peter Mannion), Peter Capaldi (Malcolm Tucker), Vincent Franklin (Stewart Pearson), Rebecca Front (Nicola Murray), Joanna Scanlan (Terri Coverley), Ben Willbond (Adam Kenyon) & Samantha Harrington (Sam).

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