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The Thick of It

Series 4-Episode 5

Series 4-Episode 5

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Review

“There goes a tiebreaker in the making: who was Nicola Murray?” says a wag. Poor Nicola (Rebecca Front), her every move dogged by a man dressed as a pork chop, finds herself the target of a torpedo of invective from Malcolm Tucker.

Even for Tucker, this is strong stuff: “You’ve all the charm of a rotting teddybear by a graveside... you headless frump” is one of the milder insults in a firestorm of abuse as he throws Nicola out of what used to be her office in front of her successor, that suave Dalek Dan Miller.

It’s a messy episode that tips into pandemonium when a leaked email sets off a chain reaction.

Summary

The unravelling of the key-worker housing sell-off policy forces both Nicola Murray and Peter Mannion onto the defensive, and thus begins a race for the moral high ground. But the more they try to spin the story, the bigger the scandal becomes, in an episode of the political comedy directed by Chris Addison (Olly Reeder). Rebecca Front, Roger Allam and Peter Capaldi co-star.

Cast & Crew

Nicola Murray Rebecca Front
Helen Hatley Rebecca Gethings
Phil Smith Will Smith
Peter Mannion Roger Allam
Emma Messinger Olivia Poulet
Stewart Pearson Vincent Franklin
Fergus Williams Geoffrey Streatfeild
Adam Kenyon Ben Willbond
Terri Coverley Joanna Scanlan
Mr Chop Michael Colgan
Glenn Cullen James Smith
Robyn Murdoch Polly Kemp
Jack Joe Cole
Rohinka Mandeep Dhillon
Malcolm Tucker Peter Capaldi
Dan Miller Tony Gardner
Olly Reeder Chris Addison
Sam Samantha Harrington
Director Chris Addison
Producer Adam Tandy
Producer Armando Iannucci
Writer Roger Drew
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