The Thick of It


The Thick of It
The Secretary of State for Social Affairs is having a meeting with Number Ten's Chief Political Advisor. There have been press rumors that the Minister is to be sacked. The Minister is told that none of these stories have come from Number Ten. However, now they're out there, Number Ten would look weak not to sack him. So he's sacked. His replacement as Minister for Social Affairs takes office. And so starts The Thick of It , featuring an ensemble of the best British comic actors, improvising scripts from the sharpest British comedy writers.

Genre: Comedy

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  • Watch The Thick of It Season 4

    • Episode 6

      Episode 6

      aired: Fri, Oct 12, 2012

      Everyone has a lot of questions to answer about the suicide of a key-worker after his flat was sold off. Lord Goolding is reputedly a fair man, but he isn't going to stand for any nonsense. Surely now, the truth will come out.

    • Episode 5

      Episode 5

      aired: Fri, Oct 5, 2012

      With Nicola Murray and Peter Mannion both on the back foot after the unraveling of the key-worker housing sell-off policy there's inevitably going to be a scramble for the moral high-ground as the smelly flood water of scandal is lapping round their toes.

    • Episode 4

      Episode 4

      aired: Fri, Sep 28, 2012

      With Nicola safely on a train to attend the party’s Here 2 Hear event in far-flung Bradford, Malcolm is free to launch his latest plot.

    • Episode 3

      Episode 3

      aired: Fri, Sep 21, 2012

      Stewart Pearson is running “Thought Camp” at a remote hotel in the country as the perfect way to reengage the party with the creative cloudscape - no phones, no iPads.

    • Episode 2

      Episode 2

      aired: Fri, Sep 14, 2012

      With Glenn gone, Nicola Murray is busy breaking in her new policy advisor, Helen Hatley. When Helen is accidentally photographed holding notes from an ideas meeting, Nicola is understandably angry.

    • Episode 1

      Episode 1

      aired: Fri, Sep 7, 2012

      Peter Mannion, the Secretary of State for Social Affairs is told to launch his Coalition partner Fergus’ new “Networked Nation” policy at a school.

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    • Episode 8

      Episode 8

      aired: Fri, Dec 11, 2009

      As the election looms and the Opposition eyes the prize, the word around the Westminster Village is that Malcolm Tucker is running out of both options and friends. He may have bitten off more than he can chew with Steve Fleming, but when an offer of help appears from an unlikely direction, Malcolm starts to set his finest trap yet.

    • Episode 7

      Episode 7

      aired: Fri, Dec 4, 2009

      Nicola Murray and her team are desperate to find a major sports personality to be the face of DoSAC's new Healthy Choices campaign. Malcolm's away on holiday and doesn't want to be disturbed, so they take advice from Steve Fleming, who's back on the scene as the PM's new fixer. Is Steve really as nice as he seems? Everyone knows Malcolm never takes holidays, so what's he up to now?

    • Episode 6

      Episode 6

      aired: Fri, Nov 27, 2009

      With the Prime Minister away at a summit in Spain, Malcolm Tucker is left at home to mind the shop. Just as Nicola Murray is about to launch her Fourth Sector Initiative to the media, the media decide that what they really want is someone to launch another leadership contest. Does Nicola have what it takes and, if she does, can Malcolm take it away from her before she does any damage?

    • Episode 5

      Episode 5

      aired: Fri, Nov 20, 2009

      After weeks of trading bitter blows in the press, DoSAC minister Nicola Murray MP and her shadow Peter Mannion MP are invited onto BBC Radio 5 Live for a debate on Richard Bacon's late-night call-in program, but when some breaking news threatens to make things difficult for the politicians, the program quickly turns into a call-in like no other.

    • Episode 4

      Episode 4

      aired: Fri, Nov 13, 2009

      The civil servants at DoSAC are preparing for a visit from the shadow minister Peter Mannion. For Mannion and his team, this informal pre-election briefing is a good opportunity. For Nicola Murray, it is just another distraction on a day when nothing seems to be going right. All she wants to do is get Glenn and Olly to kick-start the Fourth Sector Pathfinder Initiative. And then she gets a call.

    • Episode 3

      Episode 3

      aired: Fri, Nov 6, 2009

      Nicola Murray is stuck in a hotel bedroom with nothing but a laptop, a printer and a tiny kettle while she and Olly try to finish her speech for the annual party conference. It's not going well. But Glenn has brought in his secret weapon - Julie Price, tragic widow, people's champion and regional photo opportunity. Is this the breakthrough they need, or the start of a war with Malcolm Tucker?

    • Episode 2

      Episode 2

      aired: Fri, Oct 30, 2009

      Nicola Murray MP has only been secretary of state for just over a week, but already there is press speculation on how long she will last. And now someone at the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship has completely wiped the immigration records of 170,672 people. Who's going to get the blame? And who's going to get the job of breaking the news to Malcolm?

    • Episode 1

      Episode 1

      aired: Fri, Oct 23, 2009

      It's reshuffle Day at Number 10. Nicola Murray is so far down the list of prospective ministers that Malcolm Tucker doesn't even have a file on her. But when the job at the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship is turned down by everybody else, there's no option but to promote her to the Cabinet.

  • Watch The Thick of It Season 2

    • Episode 5

      Spinners and Losers

      aired: Mon, Jul 2, 2007

      The Prime Minister has resigned six months too early and all hell has broken loose. Malcolm Tucker's political career hangs in the balance. He has just seventeen hours to spin himself back into power, and it's going to be the longest night of his life.

    • Episode 4

      The Rise of the Nutters

      aired: Mon, Jan 1, 2007

      It's the tail-end of the Christmas recess and peace and goodwill should reign in Westminster. But something goes terribly, terribly wrong. Can Malcolm Tucker survive as the PM's enemies in Government and the Opposition bid for power?

    • Episode 3

      Episode 3

      aired: Wed, Nov 2, 2005

      In the midst of a chaotic office move, Hugh accidentally sends an expletive-littered email to an eight-year-old girl leading to a front page story in the national papers. His day quickly goes from bad to worse when he also 'accidentally' lies in front of the Education Select Committee, leaving Malcom to clean up the fallout.

    • Episode 2

      Episode 2

      aired: Wed, Oct 26, 2005

      Malcolm makes things difficult when an outside adviser arrives to inspect all the departments, and enlists his colleagues' help in getting rid of him. Meanwhile, Hugh is upset to discover that everybody is aware the Prime Minister's wife does not like him - a blow to his plans for a policy announcement that will impress her husband.

    • Episode 1

      Episode 1

      aired: Wed, Oct 19, 2005

      Junior Policy Advisor, Ollie Reeder finds himself the butt of all jokes after a one-night stand with his Opposition Shadow researcher while Hugh Abbot's ministerial visit to a factory goes horrendously wrong. Only Malcolm can help, but will he?

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    • Episode 3

      Episode 3

      aired: Wed, Jun 1, 2005

      The Minister thinks his Housing Bill has been a success. Unfortunately, the man at Number Ten thinks an empty apartment in London could poise a problem. Someone's going to have to resign.

    • Episode 2

      Episode 2

      aired: Wed, May 25, 2005

      The Minister for Social Affairs, Hugh Abbot, gets a very focused focus group in to tell him which one of two contradictory policies to go for. Meanwhile, Number Ten's enforcer, Malcolm Tucker is concerned the Minister is out of touch.

    • Episode 1

      Episode 1

      aired: Wed, May 18, 2005

      The newly appointed Minister for Social Affairs, Hugh Abbot is on his way to a secondary school in Wiltshire to announce a new policy. Unfortunately, he's ordered by Number Ten's communications' supremo, Malcolm Tucker to kill the policy stone dead. Hugh and his advisors have just forty minutes to come up with an extremely popular policy that costs nothing.

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