The BAFTA award-winning comedy series The Thick Of It returns for a new series on BBC Two.
Once again, the Prime Minister’s Director of Communications, played by Peter Capaldi, is ready to fight fires caused by The Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship for eight brand new episodes of the acclaimed political comedy.
This time, after a reshuffle – the last one before the General Election – he has a new Social Affairs Secretary to deal with, in the form of Nicola Murray, played by Rebecca Front.
Nicola Murray will be in charge of regular cast members including Ollie, played by Chris Addison, James Smith who plays Glenn and Joanna Scanlan as the ineffectual Departmental Press Secretary, Terri.
And, with the government at a low ebb, and an election looming, the opposition are also in Tucker’s sights. The new stories welcome back Her Majesty’s loyal opposition in the form of Peter Mannion, played by Roger Allam, as they try to steal the initiative from the government.
The new series was commissioned by BBC Two Controller Janice Hadlow.
She says: “The Thick Of It is one the cleverest, sharpest and funniest political comedies on television and I’m delighted that it is moving to BBC Two.”
Armando Iannucci says: “Fresh from the international arena of In The Loop, Malcolm Tucker will be brought back to British basics in this new series, and I’m delighted to have Rebecca Front, one of our funniest actresses, play his new nemesis, Nicola Murray MP. I can’t wait to start shooting.”
The series was devised by Armando Iannucci and written by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Sean Gray, Ian Martin, Will Smith, Roger Drew and Tony Roche.
The Thick Of It is now in production and will be ready for transmission on BBC Two later this year.