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
    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: 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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