Armando Iannucci’s award-winning political comedy series The Thick Of It is back for a new seven-part series on BBC Two this autumn.
The show’s fourth run sees some changes with Nicola Murray (Rebecca Front) and foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) now in opposition.
The new Secretary of State for The Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship (DOSAC) is Peter Mannion MP (Roger Allam) who is supported by his team of special advisors, commanded by Number 10’s Director of Communications Stewart Pearson (Vincent Franklin) and thwarted by his new Coalition partner, DOSAC’s Junior Minister Fergus Williams MP (Geoffrey Streatfeild).
The cast is completed by Chris Addison, Joanna Scanlan, James Smith, Olivia Poulet, Will Smith, Ben Willbond, and Rebecca Gethings.
The new series was commissioned by BBC Two Controller Janice Hadlow who said: “I am delighted to welcome The Thick Of It back to BBC Two. It is an essential part of the BBC Two comedy offering this year. A new Coalition government, what better time for a new series of The Thick Of It.”
Iannucci added: “This series takes The Thick Of It into exciting and uncharted territory: a new Coalition Government, and Malcolm and Nicola fretting in the wings.
“For the first time too a storyline takes us all the way through the series right to the bitter, bitter end, with Government and Opposition convulsed in an incident that questions every political convention imaginable, but in a funny way.”