Cast of BBC2's The Thick of It
Political satire, The Thick of It, will return to BBC2 for a fourth series this autumn, the broadcaster has confirmed.
The dark comedy, a major hit during it’s three series between 2005-2009, is created by Armando Iannucci, the man responsible for Veep and Alan Partridge. It’s a hilarious shaky camera exploration of British government, focusing on a bundle of MPs working within the fictitious Department of Social Affairs.
It’s success inspired Iannucci to create Veep, a stateside version which he calls ‘cousin to The Thick of It,’ as it uses the same team of writers but different characters.
The fourth series, to be seven 30-minute episodes, promises to feature, “Government embarrassment, ministerial cock-ups, Coalition rows, backroom deals, policy U-turns, spin-doctoring, political back-stabbing and wild media speculation.”
There will also be a storyline based on the Leveson enquiry, which Iannucci admitted last month would be excellent inspiration.
The host of hapless MPs include Rebecca Front (The Catherine Tate Show, Nighty Night) and Peter Capaldi (Torchwood) who return as MP Nicola Murray and foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcom Tucker, still desperately hoping for a return to power after being relegated to Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition.
“This series takes The Thick of It into exciting and uncharted territory: a new Coalition Government, and Malcolm and Nicola fretting in the wings,” says Iannucci.
“For the first time, a storyline takes us all the way through the series right to the bitter end, with Government and Opposition convulsed in an incident that questions every political convention imaginable, but in a funny way.”
Watch some classic The Thick of It (Warning: contains strong language):
“It’s Murray time!”
“If anything, I’m hung-UNDER”
Best dressing down EVER