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Thick of It: Seasons 1-4 (2013)

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2013
  • Run Time: 748 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CB8CD7M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,556 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

The Thick of It smashes its way through the corridors of power in a bulldozer of amusing slip-ups and sharp satire. This brilliant and hilarious series chronicles the blunders of the fictitious Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship, a government department barely registering on the national radar. In this Ministry, every announcement is followed by a whirlwind of u-turns, every policy is a scramble and every mishap is met with abuse from the Prime Minister's policy enforcer. Garlanded with rave reviews and packed with awards, this irreverent, brilliant, and painfully funny series is justly seen as a jewel in the BBC's crown.

• Includes Seasons 1-4 and both specials: “The Rise of the Nutters” and “Spinners and Losers”
• Commentary by writer and director, Armando Iannucci
• Deleted scenes and outtakes
• Out of the Thick of It – One 10-minute behind-the-scenes featurette for each episode of Season Three
• Production photo galleries with commentary

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The British political satire "The Thick of It" wrapped its fourth season in 2012, so this Complete Seasons 1-4 package is a good way to get caught up with this ribald comedy. Created by Armando Iannucci, this sitcom (at times) plays as a fairly conventional workplace comedy driven by awkward moments and uncomfortable blunders. The cast here struggle valiantly to keep their heads above water, maintain a dignity in the most unprofessional situations, and deal with the incompetency of those around them. Here's the thing that separates "The Thick of It," though. This workplace just happens to be in the top offices of the British Government. I have often heard the series described as "The Office" meets "Yes, Minister" which I think is a fair statement. When Iannucci has described the series, however, he has opted to use "Larry Sanders" crossed with "Yes, Minister" as a reference point. So, hopefully, that gives you an idea of the show's tone and humor if you have not been lucky enough to see it. Almost the entire basis for the show is how the staff can spin any occurrence, no matter how tragic or absurd, with the media, the public, and the country's real power brokers.

The show revolves around the fictitious Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship, an all-encompassing oversight branch that participates and advises various other departments within the contemporary British government. Chris Langham plays the hapless minister in charge, and he's surrounded by a diverse staff all looking out for their own best interests. Their contact with the Prime Minister's office is played by Peter Capaldi, known as the Enforcer, in a tremendous performance. Capaldi (his character name is Malcolm Tucker and you won't ever forget it) is one frightening force to be reckoned with!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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After the detailed review by my fellow Top 100 Amazon Reviewer, K Harris, I can't add much more as I'd be repeating him but - as he said - this is the "real thing" with all the graphic language of the BBC original and hilarious scenes plus LOTS of bonuses - commentaries, specials, etc.

I will say that it is much closer to The Office than any other BBC comedy (like Fawly Towers), especially in the camera technique. When you watch even the first 15 minutes you will recognize the technique: The hand held camera. And, to be honest, that is not for everyone. It jumps and jitters - even more than in The Office, I think - and might give folks a headache (that is if the laughter doesn't take your mind away from it.). So,, while I can heartly recommend the set, I'll suggest that you watch a preview before going for the whole set.

But aside from the above warning, I found the show a great satire on government politics - in a completely different way from the BBC's "House of Cards". Now, let's see how long before US TV makes an American version, as they did for The Office.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC political humor at its profane best August 5, 2013
Format:DVD
This show can probably be best thought of as "The Office" + "The West Wing" + about a million curse words. It relates goings-on in a minor British government department (Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship, or "DOSAC") as they deal with (usually self-created) crises of one sort or another. While the characters would like to do good, they have no resources and so their main concern on a daily basis is usually to avoid blame for the things they do wrong, specifically to avoid having to deal with Peter Capaldi, the hilariously profane representative of the Prime Minister.

What's good: The language is very funny. Since this is a DVD copy, you can put on subtitles, which trust me are very helpful when characters start insulting each other especially. It's (finally!) on region 1 DVDs; US and Canadian viewers no longer need to convert from U.K. discs.

What's bad: The first episode is comparatively simplistic and obvious. Power through that, and I promise the rest are better. Lots of naughty language; if that is likely to bother you, stay away.

My wife and I discovered this show after watching the movie In The Loop. The issues in the TV show are more provincial, and the insults tend to be more obscure, but if you like one you'll probably like the other.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOO MUCH LIKE REALITY September 8, 2013
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If you've love (or even like) "Veep," and "In the Loop," satire, you'll love this. Peter Capaldi is smart and very funny. And I love the dvd 'cause you can see it on your own time -- or as many times as you like.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fawlty Towers of this Century July 2, 2013
Format:DVD
The "Fawlty Towers" of this Century. A symphony of fowl-mouthed British politicians and their toadies. Peter Capaldi embodies the angry desperation of being the smartest man in the office forced to work with a pack of civil servants just waiting the next change of government.(Check Capaldi out in Season 2 of the "The Hour" for a more serious role). Go ahead, buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharply-written with some superb performances February 5, 2014
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The Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship (DoSAC) is a key government body with wide-ranging responsibilities on a number of different issues. However, the minister in charge of the department is constrained, bewildered and kept on the hop by a prime minister who can't go five minutes without changing his mind and by a variety of mishaps. Luckily, the party's chief spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker is on hand to keep them on-track with a barrage of swearing and formidable powers of media manipulation.

The Thick of It is a British drama-comedy that aired for four seasons and two hour-long specials, irregularly scheduled between 2005 and 2012. It was created by political satirist and comedian Armando Iannucci and has a constantly-evolving cast and scope. The first two seasons (of just three episodes each) are tightly focused on DoSAC minister Hugh Abbot (Chris Langham), his advisors Ollie Reeder (Chris Addison) and Glen Cullen (James Smith), his director of communications Terri Coverley (Joanna Scanlan) and, of course, the formidable Malcolm Tucker (a masterful performance by Peter Capaldi). The success of the early episodes opened up the scale of the show and more castmembers were added, including the shadow DoSAC department run by the opposition party and led by Peter Mannion (Roger Allam). Langham's departure under controversial, off-screen circumstances led to his replacement by Nicola Murray (Rebecca Front), a backbencher so obscure that even the detail-oriented Tucker doesn't know who she is.

The Thick of It is filmed with handheld cameras to give a semi-documentary, urgent feel to events and much of the dialogue is improvised to help with this feeling, although there is a script which acts a guide.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Whoa! Talk About The F-Bomb !
I ordered this DVD because (a) it is a British item (as am I);b) it involved politics (in which I was involved); (c) it mentioned the BBC Radio News Show "The World tonight" (where... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Tommy J
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB! Improv from Peter Capaldi - some of the ...
SUPERB! Improv from Peter Capaldi - some of the funniest I've seen in my lifetime!
Published 22 days ago by Jamin Roth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hate this show did not come back it is good if you like bbc shows
Published 1 month ago by D. Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This show would be on my short list of the most hilarious TV series I have ever seen. Part farce, part satire, it skewers everyone associated with politics. Read more
Published 3 months ago by AJA
5.0 out of 5 stars Best British sitcom since 'The Office'?
You've found it. There's a case to be made for 'Peep Show', but 'The Thick of It' is consistently top-notch, whereas the former has peaks and troughs. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Loretta Dentressangle
5.0 out of 5 stars Came for Capaldi, stayed for the humor
Never thought I'd enjoy any political show, even a satirical one, but I enjoyed this very much. Originally just watched for Peter Capadli but I enjoyed the series and how it grew
Published 6 months ago by Chelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show
Do you have a sense of humor? If you do, you'll get a kick of this and if you don't, you'll get a sense of humor after watching this.
Published 6 months ago by cas
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT!
This is the best show ever! I cannot get over how great this show is. I watch it all of the time. I'm so happy I have it on DVD. Malcolm Tucker is AWESOME! Wonderful show.
Published 7 months ago by E. White
5.0 out of 5 stars cry-out-loud funny
You know what, this series is so funny that there's actually very little point in anything else.

It's about what goes on behind the scenes in a British political party,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Good!
If you liked the film "In The Loop", then you'll love this entirely British spinoff. I saw this series on Hulu and it was so worth it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alejandro A. Reyes
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