The Thick Of It returns next week for a new, coalition themed series. The trailer suggests it’s going to be no less funny than it ever was.
Perfect time, then, to draw it to a close? That old “quit while you’re ahead” thing we’ve heard about every monstrously successful British sitcom ever.* It’s what sets us apart from the Americans, apparently.
Armando Iannucci has been speaking with The Guardian, and described this new series as “probably” the last, though:
The door is left open at the end to come back and do specials. But I feel I have explored every crevice now and it’s time to take stock and move on.
And on to what?
I’m thinking about the power of the internet… Microsoft, Google, Facebook: you have these twentysomethings who have a way into billions of households… where’s the power gone? The power is gravitating towards these companies… I’m also interested in that personal thing of what it does to you when you’re 25 and you’re a multibillionaire and everyone in the world knows who you are.
Iannucci says that he has completed a script for HBO for this new show set in Silicon Valley. He also has a second series of Veep coming up on the network. I hope they know how lucky they are to have him.
So, next Saturday night, BBC 2, 9:45. See you there.
*Okay, Fawlty Towers and The Office.