The Thick of It is the funniest show I never knew existed until last year: a British comedy that concerns the employees and inner workings of a fictitious government office called the Office of Social Affairs, told in a manner that's something like The Office UK and The Larry Sanders Show combined. Season 3 begins this weekend on BBC America, and if you've never seen it you're in for a treat, especially if you enjoyed the debut of creator Armando Iannucci's new HBO series Veep.
I was first introduced to the show by a Warming Glow story last year; TV's Most Memorable F-Words included an entry on The Thick of It's Malcolm Tucker (played by Peter Capaldi). Tucker is the show's strong-arm, responsible for keeping the Prime Minister's office (as well as those below it) running smoothly. The character is also one of the best curser's that television has ever seen. He's an non-stop whirldwind of sh*t, unleashing lines that would stop Gordon Ramsay in his tracks (one of my favorites is the gem, "He's as useless as a marzipan dildo."). But though he dominates every scene he's in and nearly every character he encounters, the rest of the cast is absolutely top-notch and worth your attention, including Chris Addison, James Smith, Joanna Scanlan, and Rebecca Front.
The Thick of It has aired three
seasons series since 2005, with a fourth currently filming to be released later this year. There was also a spin-off movie called In the Loop, which co-starred The Sopranos' James Galdolfini. But even still, the show doesn't seem to be very well-known in the United States, outside of a small cult following. You can buy most of the episodes on Amazon—in the U.S. that's really your only legal option, unless your DVD player can handle import DVDs—or watch grainy YouTube videos to catch up on Seasons 1 and 2 (eight half-hour episodes) before Season 3 begins this weekend.
The Thick of It Season 3 begins airing in the U.S. this Saturday, April 28 at 9pm Pacific/12am Eastern on BBC America.