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.

Press Clippings

The Thick Of It and why I'm not sick of it

Ultimately, in a time when the population is distressed with political chaos, The Thick Of It provides us a chance to laugh at the worst of it, while understanding that this is all far from new.

Luke Gardiner, The Boar, 24th October 2018

Armando Iannucci's superbly acerbic BBC political satire may have been primarily concerned with the "doomed middle-aged men" of Whitehall and their hapless aides but it also had plenty to say about the capital's media machine.

Special adviser Ollie Reeder (Chris Addison), having previously had a relationship with Evening Standard reporter Angela Heaney (Lucinda Raikes), creates all manner of awkwardness, particularly when Satanic director of communications Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) pressures him into attempting to exploit their past to win favourable coverage.

The "Spinners and Losers" special concerning Labour Party in-fighting took the viewer inside the offices of The Daily Mail, as the paper is repeatedly forced to redesign its front page due to the chaotic nature of the night's events.

Joe Sommerlad, The Independent, 6th September 2018

The Best Politically-Powered Comedies

What is it about the violently egotistical, easily corrupted, self-doubt-riddled nature of your typical politician that makes them such a perfect target for comedy?

BBC, 1st September 2018

20 of Malcolm Tucker's most cutting insults

Enraged fictional spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker has been back in the news of late.

Alex Nelson, i Newspaper, 27th October 2017

Armando Iannucci talks Alan Partridge & Malcolm Tucker

The state of UK politics means there is no need for The Thick of It, and the US political scene is so absurd currently that it would be "beyond sitcom territory" to produce Veep, said the satirist who founded both programmes.

Ellie Price, BBC, 20th October 2017

Squirrel Guide to the huge Aussie presence at Fringe 17

It's almost August and that means the Edinburgh Fringe Festival starts soon...the 70th Anniversary no less!

Squirrel Comedy, 1st July 2017

Only Fools and Horses USA - and other failed TV remakes

Ricky Gervais managed it with The Office, but - from The IT Crowd to Luther - which other Brit TV exports weren't so lucky?

Jack Seale, The Guardian, 4th April 2017

Fawlty Towers named comedians' favourite sitcom

A survey of comedians has revealed that Fawlty Towers is their favourite sitcom, and Alan Partridge meeting his superfan is their favourite scene. "Don't tell him Pike" was picked as the favourite one-liner.

British Comedy Guide, 4th January 2017

Peter Capaldi rules out return to Thick Of It role

Peter Capaldi has ruled out reviving his foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker because politics has become so "dark and dangerous" in Britain....

Brian Ferguson, The Scotsman, 8th November 2016

Scanlan has asked Iannucci to write a Brexit special

Joanna Scanlan - who played Terri in the critically-acclaimed BBC comedy series - told British politics had gone 'beyond The Thick Of It' and that she had even asked Iannucci to write about it.

Hanna Flint, Metro, 6th September 2016