The Thick of It

Series 4 - Episode 3

The Thick of It
Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Pure pleasure. Export-strength comedy joy. Tonight’s instalment reminds you why this show has spawned hit films and American TV shows and slightly tilted everyone’s view on the business of politics.

It’s another shambling day at DoSAC, except that because it’s a bank holiday senior minister Peter is away at the hated Stewart’s Thought Camp in Kent. (“Let’s architecturalise this,” burbles Stewart. “We’re policy jamming here.”) So Mannion has no mobile reception when disastrous news breaks. Back at the department, things get hilariously petty as friendless Phil tries to find out why the junior minister is meeting an attractive economist. A machine gun of brilliant lines rattles away through the script. Resistance is useless.

About this programme

3/7. Peter reluctantly spends a very long weekend at a remote country house hotel with Stewart, who is holding a seminar on creative thinking as part of a bid to reinvigorate the party - with no phones, computers or ties allowed. Back at the office, Glenn continues to toil on the Fourth Sector project, as Fergus and Adam have a meeting with an attractive young economist who wants to start a bank. However, everyone's plans are thrown into disarray when a shocking story hits the headlines. Guest starring Sylvestra Le Touzel (Appropriate Adult).

Cast and crew


Peter Mannion
Roger Allam
Emma Messinger
Olivia Poulet
Stewart Pearson
Vincent Franklin
Phil Smith
Will Smith
Glenn Cullen
James Smith
Adam Kenyon
Ben Willbond
Fergus Williams
Geoffrey Streatfeild
Terri Coverley
Joanna Scanlan
Mary Drake
Sylvestra Le Touzel
Tara Strachan
Emily Bevan
Teresa Churcher
Gareth Tunley
Tom Andrews


Natalie Bailey
Armando Iannucci
Adam Tandy
Ian Martin
Will Smith