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Encyclopedia > The Thick of It
The Thick of It
Genre Comedy
Running time 30 minutes
Creator(s) Armando Iannucci
Starring Chris Langham
Peter Capaldi
Chris Addison
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original channel BBC Four
Original run 2005–Continuing
No. of episodes 6

The Thick of It is a British comedy television series, which satirises the inner workings of modern British government. It was broadcast on BBC Four in 2005, and has so far completed two series of three half-hour episodes each. To date, the series has earned Best New Comedy and Best Comedy Performer for Chris Langham at the 2005 British Comedy Awards, and won Best Situation Comedy and Best Comedy Performance, also for Langham, at the 2006 BAFTAs. Image File history File links Thickofit. ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... Presenting the Election Night Armistice in 1997 Armando Iannucci (born 1964, Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish comedian, satirist and radio producer. ... Chris Langham (born 14 April 1949) is a British writer and comedian. ... Peter Capaldi (born 1958) in Glasgow is a Scottish actor and director. ... Chris Addison is an award-winning writer, stand up comic and actor, with a career which has spanned over a decade. ... BBC Four Ident BBC Four is a BBC television channel available to digital television (Freeview, satellite and cable) viewers in the UK. The successor to an earlier digital channel called BBC Knowledge, BBC Four began on March 2, 2002 – its first evenings programmes being simulcast on BBC Two. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2005. ... British Comedy, in film, radio and television, is known for its consistently quirky characters, plots and settings, and has produced some of the most famous and memorable comic actors and characters in the last fifty years. ... 1867 edition of the satirical magazine Punch, a British satirical magazine, ground-breaking on popular literature satire. ... Her Majestys Government, or when the sovereign is male, His Majestys Government, abbreviated HMG, is the formal title used by the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the governments of some other kingdoms where executive authority is theoretically vested in the monarch... BBC Four Ident BBC Four is a BBC television channel available to digital television (Freeview, satellite and cable) viewers in the UK. The successor to an earlier digital channel called BBC Knowledge, BBC Four began on March 2, 2002 – its first evenings programmes being simulcast on BBC Two. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2005. ... The British Comedy Awards is an annual awards ceremony in the United Kingdom celebrating notable comedians and entertainment performances of the previous year. ... The 2006 British Academy Television Awards were held on Sunday May 7 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. ...


Written and directed by Armando Iannucci, it stars Chris Langham and Peter Capaldi. The action centres on the fictitious Department of Social Affairs. Hugh Abbot (Langham) is a blundering minister heading the department, who is continually trying to do his job under the watchful eye of Malcolm Tucker (Capaldi), Number 10's highly aggressive and domineering "enforcer". The programme also features James Smith as Senior Special Advisor Glenn Cullen, Chris Addison as Junior Policy Advisor Oliver "Ollie" Reeder, and Joanna Scanlan as Civil Service Press Secretary Terri Coverley. Presenting the Election Night Armistice in 1997 Armando Iannucci (born 1964, Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish comedian, satirist and radio producer. ... Chris Langham (born 14 April 1949) is a British writer and comedian. ... Peter Capaldi (born 1958) in Glasgow is a Scottish actor and director. ... A minister or a secretary is a politician who holds significant public office in a national or regional government. ... // Overview Number Ten Downing street is the official residence of the First Lord of Her Majesty’s Treasury and Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. ... Chris Addison is an award-winning writer, stand up comic and actor, with a career which has spanned over a decade. ...


The Thick of It can be described as the 21st century's answer to Yes Minister, highlighting the struggles of the media and spin doctors against civil servants. Iannucci himself describes it as "Yes Minister meets Larry Sanders". The former civil servant Martin Sixsmith is an advisor to the writing team, giving some of the storylines an element of realism to them; in particular, the character of Malcolm Tucker bears a distinct resemblance to Alastair Campbell. The 21st century is the present century of the Gregorian calendar. ... Yes, (prime) minister: Sir Humphrey Appleby, James Jim Hacker, Bernard Woolley Yes, Minister and its sequel Yes, Prime Minister are British sitcoms about the struggle between (Dr) James Jim Hacker (played by Paul Eddington), the government minister of the (fictional) Department of Administrative Affairs (and later as Prime Minister) and... Public relations (PR) is the art of managing communication between an organisation and its key publics to build, manage and sustain a positive image. ... A civil servant or public servant is a civilian career public sector employee working for a government department or agency. ... The Larry Sanders Show was a satirical television series that originally aired from 1992 to 1998 on the HBO cable television network in the USA. It starred former stand-up comedian Garry Shandling as the shows vain, self-obsessed, neurotic host, Larry Sanders. ... Martin Sixsmith (born 1956) is a British journalist and writer. ... Alastair Campbell Alastair John Campbell (born May 25, 1957) was the Director of Communications and Strategy for 10 Downing Street. ...


The programme is filmed with hand-held cameras to give it a mockumentary look and feel, and has no laugh track. Some of the dialogue was improvised rather than scripted, and includes some very strong language. Mockumentary, a portmanteau of mock documentary (also fictional documentary or false documentary), is a film and TV genre, or a single work of the genre. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Philosophically, improvisation often focuses on bringing ones personal awareness into the moment, and on developing a profound understanding for the action one is doing. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The first episode screened on BBC Four on May 19, 2005. A second series of three episodes was transmitted from October 20 until November 3, 2005. The six episodes were repeated on BBC Two in early 2006, and later on BBC America. An hour-long Christmas special will air in January 2007 with a further ten episodes planned for later on in the year. However, Chris Langham will not be reprising his role as Hugh Abbot, due to recent legal allegations against him. To fill this void, Iannucci plans to introduce new characters into the next series, focusing on the opposition. BBC Two (or BBC2 as it was formerly styled) was the second UK television station to be aired by the BBC and Europes first television channel to broadcast regularly in colour (from 1967), envisaged as a home for less mainstream and more ambitious programming. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2006. ... One of several BBC America idents, used since 2005. ... In American television, a Christmas television special is typically a one-time, half-hour program aired during the Christmas season. ... Her Majestys Loyal Opposition, or the Official Opposition in the United Kingdom is the largest opposition party in the House of Commons. ...


On October 27, 2006, it was announced that The Thick of It would be adapted for American television, with Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz executive producing, along with Armando Iannucci and Richard Day. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Mitchell Hurwitz is the creator of the television program Arrested Development, and is a previous contributor to The John Larroquette Show and Golden Girls. ...


See also

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The Thick of It is a British comedy television series, which satirises the inner workings of modern British government.
The Thick of It can be described as the 21st century's answer to Yes Minister, highlighting the struggles of the media and spin doctors against civil servants.
On October 27, 2006, it was announced that The Thick of It would be adapted for American television, with Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz executive producing, along with Armando Iannucci and Richard Day.
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