The Thick of It (UK)

Season 1 Episode 1

Series 1 Episode 1

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Aired Saturday 9:55 PM May 19, 2005 on BBC Two
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Hugh Abbot is the Minister for Social Affairs and he's facing a policy crisis; his 'Snooper Squad' idea has been vetoed which leaves him with just forty minutes to come up with a new policy.

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  • Newly appointed Minister for Social affairs,Hugh Abbott,decides to announce the creation of a Snooper Squad after believing he has the backing of the P.M.The fun begins when it's revealed that he doesn't have the support he thought he had.moreless

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    The maiden episode of The Thick of It sees the incumbant Minister for Social Affairs resign for 'personal reasons' catapaulting the less than convincing Hugh Abbott,brilliantly portrayed by Chris Langham,into the position.Along with Senior Advisor Glenn Cullen,Junior Advisor Olly Reader & P.R Assistant Terri Coverley,Hugh proceeds to have an horrendous first day on the job.



    Wearing several hats,including number cruncher,media director & hatchet man for the P.M,Malcolm Tucker (played with great gusto & a very colourful vocabulary by Peter Capaldi) is less than impressed that the new Minister has taken it upon himself to announce new policies without consulting him & tells Hugh to ditch the Snooper Squad initiative.Caught in the crossfire is Olly's journalist ex-girlfriend Angela Heeney,who has managed to file three conflicting 'exclusives' based on Olly's tip offs!



    By the end of the episode Hugh has managed to do more backflips than an Olympic gymnast on a day which Glenn suggests could be dubbed 'Flip Flop Friday'.As first episodes go this one sets the scene well for Hugh & his inept staff so stay tuned for more ministerial mishaps as The Thick of It continues.moreless

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