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 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.

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

Cast & crew

Regular cast
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


Leak Zero trailer

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

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


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