Thick of It, The: Seasons 1-4
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• 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
Top Customer Reviews
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!Read more ›
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.
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.
It's about what goes on behind the scenes in a British political party, with stories ranging from a new minister's daughter going to a private school rather than a comprehensive (what USA calls public schools) to an aide's girlfriend stealing policy for her own (opposing) boss, to the party having to deal with bolshie members of the public.
Peter Capaldi's MONSTROUS Malcolm Tucker, the scariest, cleverest, most inventively profane man in the entire world, is the Prime Minister's spin-doctor, clearing up messes and scheming and hatcheting, is a total joy. (Fans have had great fun making up lines for him in his new role as Doctor Who, ie: 'Get in the F-ing Tardis, Ron f-ing Waesley's love-child with a f-ing Care-Bear, or I'll eat you, sick you up and grout my f-ing bathroom with you!'). Joanna Scanlan is lovely as the useless civil servant who knows no-one can touch her job, Chris Addison (Ollie Reeder) is the aide trying, on unfeasibly long legs, to catch up (my sis calls him The Claygo Worm).
I throw flowers at the feet of Paul Higgins, who plays Jamie "Shut It!" McDonald, arguably even scarier a Scot than Malcolm Tucker, his boss - younger and more in favour of 'a pub fight' rather than 'Oxford pleasantries'.
Rebecca Front is spot-on as hapless minister Nicola Murray, who gets the job that no-one wants and messes up every step along the way. Malcolm's insults to her are priceless. James Smith plays senior policy adviser Glenn Cullen beautifully, taking a barrage of insults from both Malcolm and Ollie.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very disappointing in the end. The language was insulting (the "F" bombs was enough to insult anyone with an IQ over 50), and the camera shake made everyone who watched it... Read morePublished 13 days ago by The Myth
If you're one of those tender souls who can't abide a bit of harsh language, then you'd better leave now. This is perhaps the most hilariously profane show ever made. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Personne
If you have trouble with British english spoken quickly and poignantly, you might not like it... Otherwise, it is a sharper version of "the office". Read morePublished 1 month ago by NYHormiga
Greatest series in existance. To be honesg, this series would have failed if it wasn't for Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi). Great acting on his part.👍Published 7 months ago by Shakira Garcia
I really like this show. I bought it on a whim as I like to try different British comedies. The humor is not Father Ted or IT Crowd style which I love, but is subtle, sarcastic,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by jackratt