The Thick of It (UK)

Season 2 Episode 4

Part One: Rise Of The Nutters

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Aired Saturday 9:55 PM Jan 02, 2007 on BBC Two
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While the Minister is away, junior minister Ben Swain tries to make some headlines, but only succeeds in making a fool of himself on Newsnight. Meanwhile, everything begins to unravel for Malcolm Tucker and his team at Number 10.

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  • With Hugh out of the country & Glenn on leave in Wales,the Opposition take centre stage & highlight some of their own policies.Ben Swain,meanwhile,attempts to steal their thunder by appearing in a TV interview,with diabolical consequences.moreless

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    This is the first episode post-Chris Langham's departure & I was prepared for the worst,however,after a slow start 'Rise of The Nutters' picks up the pace & there are plenty of laughs to be had.



    Olly Reader's relationship with Emma,Peter Mannion's policy adviser,is pivitol as secrets are inadvertently shared & confidences betrayed.The couples' parting of the ways is certainly one of the comedic highlights of this episode & when Malcolm Tucker demands that Olly reconcile with Emma so as to leak a new Government initiative one wonders how Olly can finagle his way into Emma's home,let alone her bed!



    Malcolm's ferocious off-sider,Jamie MacDonald,has some of the best lines & if there is an up-side to Langham's absence it's the exposure of some of the previous episodes lesser lights.The ubiquitous & totally gorgeous Angela Heeney,political journalist to the stars,also makes a welcome appearance.



    But it's this episodes' focus on The Opposition that makes 'Rise of The Nutters' such a treat & it will be interesting to see how things evolve next episode now that the P.M has announced his resignation.Miss it at your peril!moreless
David Dawson (II)

David Dawson (II)

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Justin Edwards

Justin Edwards

Ben Swain

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Paul Higgins

Paul Higgins

Jamie

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Roger Allam

Roger Allam

Peter Mannion

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Vincent Franklin

Vincent Franklin

Stewart Pearson

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Olivia Poulet

Olivia Poulet

Emma Messinger

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