With one simple word, Armando Iannucci has dashed all of our most precious hopes for 2018. The word is “no”.
That’s what the screenwriter tweeted in response to a request for another series of The Thick of It starring Peter Capaldi as the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker.
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It was actually Capaldi himself who got our hopes up, saying he was looking forward to swearing again post-Doctor Who and adding: “I think I’m going to be working with Armando next year.” We all hoped to see Malcolm Tucker’s sweary take on today’s political disasters.
And in October, Iannucci tweeted: “I have good news later for those asking for Malcolm Tucker on Brexit….” – but it turned out to be a “debate” in the pages of the Big Issue between Tucker and Alan Partridge, rather than an on-screen revival.
Will we ever get to see Malcolm Tucker again? Alas, despite Doctor Who star Capaldi’s recent release from the Tardis, he’s not heading to Parliament for a Brexit special any time soon. Iannucci replied to his fans:
— Armando Iannucci (@Aiannucci) December 28, 2017
— Armando Iannucci (@Aiannucci) December 29, 2017
Which is about as useless as a marzipan dildo.