The Thick of It

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The Thick of It

Series 4 - Episode 4



Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) is back with us, storming around like an angry undertaker, plotting against lame-duck party leader Nicola Murray (Rebecca Front).

To orchestrate her downfall, he has deliberately put her on a train to Bradford while he sets off various PR bombs. But he needs Olly to help,
and Olly is in hospital. Malcolm visits, with a bouquet, and Olly is touched. ”Did you actually buy me flowers, Malcolm?” he splutters. “No, no,” protests the lethal aide. ”It’s one of the many advantages of living near an accident blackspot.”

The lavishly profane Malcolm-scenes are intercut with a frantic Nicola trying to salvage her political career from a train carriage, without the TV crew who are following her noticing. And Rebecca Front does panic brilliantly.


Nicola boards a train to Bradford for a party event, accompanied by a TV news crew, and Malcolm tries to take advantage of the situation by escalating his plan to remove her as leader of the opposition. However, co-conspirator Olly is stuck in hospital - and persuading Ben Swain to join the bloodless coup proves infuriatingly tricky. Guest starring Miles Jupp (Rev).

Cast & Crew

Malcolm Tucker Peter Capaldi
Olly Reeder Chris Addison
Nicola Murray Rebecca Front
Helen Hatley Rebecca Gethings
Glenn Cullen James Smith
Dan Miller Tony Gardner
John Duggan Miles Jupp
Cathy Hastings Lucy Briers
Ben Swain Justin Edwards
Nurse Zahra Ahmadi
Director Becky Martin
Producer Adam Tandy
Producer Armando Iannucci
Writer Sean Gray
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