Meet Veep's Predecessor: Watch The Thick of It on BBC America This Weekend

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.

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Oct 02, 2012
Get back to watching Two and a half men Stanking
Apr 29, 2012
Meh. Bunch of people mumbling while handheld camera operators who can't get a job shooting budget porn guess on what should be in frame.
Apr 28, 2012 Good on you guys for sharing the love about this show.
Apr 28, 2012
The show is truly brilliant and witty. It is one of my all time favorites and I cannot wait for the fourth series to air! I wish it had more of a following in North America but I find not many have heard of it. It is very hard to access the DVD's of the show here but you can buy all three series on iTunes. I bought all the series from the Canadian iTunes store but I am certain they are available in the American store as well as it tends to have a broader selection.

This show is a must for any fans of politics, satire, or inventive cursing!

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