Having taken the Thick Of It approach international with In The Loop and then hanging around Washinton DC for Veep, Armando Iannucci has come home again for the next series of The Thick Of It, subtitled Coalition. This is the fourth go round for the show, and will run for seven episodes from September 8th.
It’s probably very sensible to keep Tucker and co. in the picture even though they’re now in opposition, but I’m also happy to see that the emphasis does seem to be on the coalition. Getting a new series here and now is such a golden opportunity for Iannucci and co. and I hope that they’ve grabbed it with both hands.
Here’s an official blurb for the show from the BBC. I kind of wish they’d written it in Whitehall double speak. This White City one-and-a-half speak just doesn’t seem quite deliberately awful enough.
Government embarrassment, ministerial cock-up, Coalition rows, backroom deals, policy U-turns, spin-doctoring, political back-stabbing, wild media speculation, and more time spent with one’s family – it can only be the eagerly anticipated return of Armando Iannucci’s award-winning political comedy series.
Roger Allam returns as Peter Mannion MP, the new Secretary of State for The Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship (DoSAC), supported by his team of special advisors, commanded by Number 10’s Director of Communications Stewart Pearson (Vincent Franklin) and thwarted by his new Coalition partner, DOSAC’s Junior Minister Fergus Williams MP (Geoffrey Streatfeild).
Also back are Nicola Murray MP and foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker, in roles reprised by Bafta award winners Rebecca Front and Peter Capaldi. Both are now consigned to Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, but still desperately hoping for a return to power. The ensemble cast is completed by Chris Addison, Joanna Scanlan, James Smith, Olivia Poulet, Will Smith, Ben Willbond, and Rebecca Gethings.
In the first episode of this seven-part series, tensions are running high in DoSAC. It is launch day for ‘Silicon Playgrounds’, the Coalition’s new digital youth policy master-minded by Junior Minister Fergus Williams. Number 10’s spin doctor Stewart Pearson delivers the bombshell that the PM wants digital-illiterate Peter Mannion to launch the policy, rather than Fergus. What could possibly go wrong with that? All Fergus gets left with is drawing up the list of staff redundancies, and Terri Coverley is pretty sure she can make his hit list if she plays her cards right, finding help from an unexpected direction.