The Thick of It (UK)

Season 2 Episode 3

Series 2 Episode 3

Aired Saturday 9:55 PM Nov 03, 2005 on BBC Two
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Hugh sends an expletive-littered e-mail to an eight year old girl.

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  • Terri takes the fall for Hugh over an expletive-ridden e-mail that is inadvertently sent to an 8 year old girl.Hugh also betrays Glenn to save his own skin after lying to a Select Committee.moreless

    This episode contains liberal use of the c word so if you are likely to be offended by that it would be best not to tune in.Having said that,this is an excellent episode with some genuine laugh out loud moments that shows the depths to which Hugh will sink in order to save his own ministerial skin.

    Yhe newly formed Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship sets up shop in a new state of the art building where Malcolm still manages to appear out of nowhere & give all & sundry lavish helpings of his extensive & colourful vocabulary.

    The fun starts during a meeting with Hugh,Glenn & education expert Roy Smedley.Finding Roy to be rather tiresome,Hugh excuses himself & repairs to the next room where he sends an expletive-riddled e-mail to Glenn which ends up in the hands of a young girl with the same name! Hugh & Malcolm conspire to blame a distraught Terri & force her to read a prepared statement apologising for 'her' faux pas.Terri is dubbed 'the sweary woman of Whitehall' by the media.

    Armed with Roy's expert advice,Hugh proceeds to lie to the Education Select Committee over his initial support for Special Needs Schools.When his lie is exposed,Hugh backflips & sells out Glenn,whose son Peter attends a Special Needs School,by later suggesting that he is now in favour of intergration.Glenn's response can't be repeated in this review!

    This episode sees the final appearance of Chris Langham as Hugh Abbot & Hugh certainly goes out with a bang,while managing to keep his job,in a wonderful expose of how sleazy politics can be.moreless
Eve Matheson

Eve Matheson

Claire Ballantine

Guest Star

Martin Ball

Martin Ball

Roy Smedley

Guest Star

Polly Kemp

Polly Kemp

Robyn Murdoch

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