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I've been watching The Thick of It's latest series and I really haven't talked about my love for that show enough. When I watched In The Loop I said at the time that it was the best film I'd seen this year, and that still stands, and The Thick of It is the television series that In The Loop was spun off from.

Best way to describe it is the anti-West Wing. It's a sitcom about British politics following the work of the staff of the fictional Ministry of Social Affairs and Citizenship; Ollie, Glenn and Terri and their Minister Hugh or Nicola (depending on the series); and it subscribes to a view of politics which is about winning, spinning and in which government staff are all vaguely incompetent and the character you find yourself rooting for is the monstrous chief of government communications Malcolm Tucker who wanders around the show ripping other characters to shreds with profanity laden rants and incredibly creative and graphic threats. He's kind of from the same mold of anti-heroes as Gregory House, Bernard Black and Gene Hunt, but with a lot more rage and swearing.

In the grand tradition of brilliant British comedies, there's only been a few episodes made (sixteen in total, three of which have yet to air), but as the series's have been spread out, it's fascinating watching as the political context the characters are acting in mirrors the situation in Britain at that time – the first six episodes being during the Blair years, the two specials being about Blair's stepping down and the current series is the Labour party under siege and trying desperately to cling on to power.

But basically you should watch it because it's the most hilarious show on television and to prove it, I have found YouTube clips:

Tucker's Law
Sauna with Pavarotti
The Ipod Rant
Goldfish Bowl Roast
They Spelt Your Name Right and Everything

This series the Minister has changed to Nicola Murray and I wondered how it would work at first, because unlike the rest of the MPs on the show, she's actually quite sympathetic, but it's actually improved the show, I think, since I love the Malcolm-Nicola dynamic. And hell, I ship it.

And for those of you reading who do watch The Thick Of It, I have a Thick Of It/Torchwood crossover fic rec: Spinners of Earth by [livejournal.com profile] degroove in which Malcolm and Jamie take on the 456. This is the way it should have gone down.

Peter Capaldi has to get some kind of MVP award this year, because between his role as John Frobisher on Torchwood and his role in Malcolm Tucker In The Loop and The Thick of It, he's been the best thing in both the best television shows that I've watched this year and the best movie that I've seen this year.

Date: 2009-11-22 12:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adroidmortox247.livejournal.com
Ahh, terrific to find another fan of The Thick of It. I only started watching it after seeing In the Loop, but I adore it. This week's episode damn near killed me with laughter on several occasions.

Date: 2009-11-23 09:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meddow.livejournal.com
There sadly doesn't seem to be that many fans about, which is such a shame because it is so brilliant. I watched it shortly before I saw In the Loop, but only because I wanted to watch the series it was based on first. Thank goodness ITL was made or I would never have discovered TTOI.

This week's caused my flatmate to have to leave the room (in a good way). This series is just getting funnier and funnier.

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