The Thick of It (2005–2012)
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Episode #2.3 

Terri has returned from compassionate leave after her father's death and Hugh is back from holiday. The department has a new name, the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship, though ... See full summary »

Director:

Armando Iannucci

Writers:

Armando Iannucci (deviser), Simon Blackwell | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Chris Langham ... Hugh Abbot
Peter Capaldi ... Malcolm Tucker
Chris Addison ... Oliver Reeder
Joanna Scanlan ... Terri Coverley
James Smith ... Glenn Cullen
Polly Kemp ... Robyn Murdoch
Eve Matheson Eve Matheson ... Claire Ballantine
Martin Ball Martin Ball ... Roy Smedley
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Terri has returned from compassionate leave after her father's death and Hugh is back from holiday. The department has a new name, the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship, though they seem to be dealing with issues no other departments want. They also have a new building but it is a disappointment - with no ventilation and the email system is down so the staff must temporarily use their own email addresses. Hugh takes a dislike to educational advisor Roy Smedley over special schools and uses Terri's computer to send Glenn an email calling him a four letter word. Unfortunately it gets erroneously sent to a little girl also called Glenn Cullen and Tucker has to clear up the fall-out when the press get wind of the story. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Final appearance of Chris Langham as Hugh Abbot. On 2 August 2007, Langham was found guilty of 15 charges of downloading and possessing level 5 child pornography. Langham was jailed for ten months, reduced to six on appeal. He was made to sign the sex offenders' register, and banned from working with children for 10 years. See more »

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Terri Coverley: Did you send an e-mail this morning, about me, calling me a cunt?
Oliver Reeder: No! No, I never use that word, let alone about you, no, absolutely, I won't use it until, you know, it's been fully normalized and has no further assosiation with the... female twat.
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References This Is Spinal Tap (1984) See more »

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A tremendous comedy with a superb dramatic undercurrent
7 June 2020 | by yavermbiziSee all my reviews

My overall rating of "The Thick of it"'s Season 2: 7/10

I like this episode the most of all I've watched so far and it's not only to do with the fact that pretty much every of the rapid-fire jokes seems to be incredibly funny and razor-sharp, but also with the sudden but well-executed dramatism of this particular episode. Indeed both main plotlines posit significant moral choices for the minister, and both lead to fairly dramatic outcomes.

I could nitpick a bit about Terri being a bit too neutrally-acted when perhaps slightly more drama was in order (like a moment of breaking into tears) - by and large this episode is beyond great, however.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 2005 (UK) See more »

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