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i'm going to watch in the loop tonight in celebration
I will watch in the loop too c_r
I'd have thought it was more of a weekday thing. I think the last series was on a Sunday, which was a bit odd too.
I remember cos we'd watch it then go out, and it put everyone in a slightly dour mood
it's just been too good for it to still be amazing. But from the synopsis, it seems like we are focusing on Peter Mannion which is ACE, but Tucker and that in Oppoisition... is worthy.
that makes the bhaji go away.
"I'm just feeding some vittles to these poor old ducks. That red-crested pochard there is positively hoggish for this Hovis".
His character was way more terrifying than Malcolm.
For a character called 'The Fucker', I thought he was pretty underwhelming
But anything past that will grate
I am making the onion baji disapear."
Or words to that effect
They cost £4! Just take care, will you?
Forgot just how amazing the last b3 episodes actually are.
LET'S SET FIRE TO TEARS!
but it's like he's been to the vet and had his knackers done.
Fucking delighted that its back! For me perhaps the greatest comedy we have ever produced!
No wonder Glen defected! Wonder what the state of Ollie's relationship is this series?
IT'S JUST VOWELS!
You're the one that fucked the monkey and gave us all AIDS!
utterly ecstatic to have this series back
actually lolled out loud at the geese comment
This is the trouble with the public, they're fucking horrible!
This is like a bad parody of The Thick Of It. Couldn't they find anyone who can act?
I hate them all.
Mannion still a dude though.
these young junior coalition partners...fuckin ell.
get malcolm back
Stewart's shirt :'D
Stewart's hi vis :'D
Stewart in general :'D
The [first] Raj scene - straight into my all time TTOI favourites
Terri <3 my favourite character after Malcolm SHE'S TOO EXPENSIVE TO BE MADE REDUNDANT
Good to have you back, TTOI.
the Mannionator is by far my favourite DoSAC minister. Roger Allam is a great actor so he is...
He took the morning off when Steve Jobs died
but it kind of felt like it was just getting warmed up, getting to know the new characters and that. Still think it'll be a good season.
Still some amazing lines.
"Fuck this, I'm going for a Twix" :D
"You're getting a cofwee. Coffee, with wee in it" :D
The "Rajesh Raj" bit.
ie No mention of Armando Iannuci. He was only down as producer or something. Did we know this already? What's the deal, how come AI wasn't writing?
Thought it had the air of a low-quality 'reboot' rather than a proper series, am intrigued to see how next week goes. The writing was dreadful, and the acting was awful. Looked like there was less improvisation than the earlier series, it was all so WOODEN. Ho hum.
He's the deviser and head guy, but there's been a bunch of writers (including Smith) since the beginning.
Maybe he'll be back writing for the older characters next week
the botched App Britain launch was hilarious.
also, when Glenn walked into the room and there was no-one there :'D .
I can't watch him without thinking 'Clive' now :(
FUCK you. YOU'RE not getting in MY car tonight.
Only negative was I thought Glenn was a bit OTT
I find the negative reaction to this, somewhat bizarre. But I get the feeling most of the ones complaining seem to only watch it to see Malcolm insulting people.
ADam Kenyon is a genius addition. The scenes in the Daily Mail office in the special, were my favourite parts, and he's a lot funnier than Chris Addison's character as a nemesis for Phil.
Agree about Glenn. It's like he's a different character.
really bad at delivering lines.
There were some funny moments, but there were far too many of those Thick Of It lines. You know what i mean. The dialogue didn't feel natural at all when you've got like all 10 cast members reeling off witty similes without a moments pause.
i still enjoyed it.
but i cant see the need for such negative reactions. it's setting up a new version of the show with new angles on different characters. just enjoy it, it'll pay off
As someone who found series 3 a bit disappointing on first viewing (though I really like it now) I thought it go either way but it was ace. More Mannion was only ever going to be a good thing.
^ the only time i laughed.
It was a bit weird with new characters and agree that it's a bit OTT when all (bar two or three characters) are really adept at constructing complex insults but generally I thought it was good. I'm actually fairly optimistic about this series as a whole - great though the programme is, I think it's good that things refresh themselves every few years and I think the fact there isn't the option of just having Malcolm Tucker turn up and shout at people to liven things up anymore (or at least as much as he used to) might mean the show needs to get a bit more creative....
didn't like it.
a bit like lets say the wackiest insult cause its sooooo funny. But its not. It felt a bit BBC Three.
feeling a general sense of enjoyment though. i don't really know much about bbc3. i liked when he said he might as well be talking to geese.
instead of a definitive hierachy of insults (Tucker being the boss, everyone being terrified of him and NOBODY dare talking shit to him) it's a bit of a free-for-all, which I think accounted for it seeming a bit scattergun. Everyone was literally just at each other's throats - Lib Dem guys clearly had no time for anyone, Stewart isn't a Malcolm figure, Mannion again just hated everyone, everyone hated Will and it was all a bit confusing because that relational structure of insulting wasn't there. Kids without the teacher around, innit.
Still very funny at its best that episode, just took a while to get used to.
-they've turned it around a bit. instead of this small department not having the big picture and living in fear of Tucker, they are now tearing each other apart from the bottom up, not top down as it was more like before. Stewart's new age management speak bollocks is the opposite of Tucker so the dynamics are completely different. Interesting to see how the opposition is doing in the next episode.
-I just love Mannion. him getting a bigger part is just all-around excellent.
I'm bored of this, I'm going for a twix
Wet myself when he said that!
Now Jamie and Fleming aren't around he's probably my favourite character, alongside Nicholson. I hope Nicholson is back.
when Kenyon, the lib dem/daily mail guy, talks about the Tories taking a policy from them and ruining it
"We bring in an idea, you like it, you nick it, you put two bullets in the back of its head. Snuff politics: you've got to laugh."
Loads of lines had me laughing out loud
so don't bitch that you can't carve the turkey
when he's otherwise unfunny/useless
it's like they had the line and looked for whoever was free to fit it in
Not a massive fan of the earlier series but this seemed to be one inventive insult after another, shoehorned in wherever possible. Quite like the SoS character though.
Were you having a small nap during the app presentation and the doorstepping scenes?
and it seemed like every character was a bit too quick, rather than having the bumblers of old abused by Malcolm and Co. But it was still great, and a cut above most other guff.
"Ever the childless minor royal" was a wonderful throwaway line from Terri, who was, as ever, the best character on the show.
My work is having its annual charidee day today and I missed a swear-off between alistair campbell and peter capaldi on the trading floor, campbell won 11 f***'s to 9 in the space of one sentence...
the quiet bat people brainstorming session is one of the funniest things i've ever seen. the plot
But Iannucci just tweeted that he woke up this morning to find a lead item on the news was an actual joke policy used on the show last night. Couldn't make it up.
Editor for s4e2 is called Ant Boys.
If there's ever an idea for a kids cartoon, that's it.
the first episode was a real sloooow burner, for me - introducing some new characters etc.
so yeah, roll on next week. best thing on british TV, bar none
When Tucker orchestrates the Quiet Bat People photo mug :'D
wasn't sure about last week's - feel bad for doubting now
I like that new advisor to Nicola. She's great.
might need to watch this one again...
the Star Wars bit was great, but that aside, it feels too forced.
should've called it a day at the end of the last series methinks.
“Give us your lunch money.”
Is anyone else hoping that Chris Langham is in this series (seeing as it’s the last one). Would love to find out what happened to Hugh Abbott (as he is still my favourite character from the show). Are paedos allowed to make cameos? I would hope the audience for The Thick Of It would be open minded enough to let him appear briefly for the sake of closure. Would never happen though, as The Daily Mail would use any appearance as yet another stick to beat the BBC with.
Would anyone else be comfortable with this? Or is it a case of conveniently forgiving horrific behaviour, you otherwise wouldn’t, because you like someone’s art?
It's not necessarily about forgiving someone's horrific behaviour - I just think once someone's done their time, they should be allowed to return to their job and try to move onto the future. Obviously that can't happen if some cases with paedophilia-related convictions (you wouldn't let someone be a teacher or a job with vulnerable kids or adults) but I don't necessarily think that acting is one of those professions, even if the person happens to be high-profile.
Wether he could appear on the Beeb, I don't know.
They could write something in to the script mentioning Hugh though - which I thought they did last series, about moving to Australia or something (might be making this up).
Nicola Murray was a full replacement though.
but I still think its rubbish. They're just trying to pack in stupid one liners that are trying to be WACKY and different. Kind of reminds me of Joey Essex when he calls people a Lunchbox and a felt tip pen.
you funny. if I ever met you, I'd like to pat you on the head in a patronising manner
LOVE your style. keep on keeping on
nor did I say anything airhead-like. Maybe you should start a new thread about dumb people/air heads and vent about it there, okay?
i've zero idea who Joey Essex is.
it's okay to not like things, though, or to not understand them.
You probably need a basic understanding of current politics to understand the plot but you don't need any knowledge to understand someone saying someones hair is like a disney prince or if someone says the word cunt.
It seems a bit cheap laughs to me. I prefer something a bit more subtle. I'll carry on watching it as I like to give things a chance but I do not see the fuss, at all.
It just seems so quick and on the verge of being in your face with all the insults and quips. They're trying to pretend that people talk like that all the time but they just don't?
ITS JUST NOT MY CUP OF TEA AND I HATE IT AND I DONT knOW WHY IM TALKING ABOUT IT OR WATCHING IT.
and don't think you said anything wrong. People just get a bit het up if you insult stuff they like. Personally, I like that it isn't subtle - I like half an hour of inventive insults every week. But yeah, if you don't like it it's probably best to just forget about it.
I'm properly crap at picking up on plot and character development stuff, but even I can recognise that it's not just half an hour of inventive insults. There's definitely other stuff going on. It's not a fantastically clever programme, so I'm not coming at this from a snobbery point of view (cos, as mentioned, I'm crap at tv complexity, and i'm a big fan of snog marry avoid - which, btw, isn't just half an hour of insults either).
Couldn't really give a toss if someone likes it or not, but slating it for being something it's not is kinda odd.
But it isn't particularly heavy on character development. The characters all have pretty set roles; Glenn's pathetic, Ollie's a two-faced smarmy arsehole, Mannion is weary of his job and his party etc. etc. and those don't really change. And in terms of plot, it's really just a question of who will make an embarrassing spectacle of themselves next and will they lose their job because of it? Unless I'm missing huge amounts of other stuff underneath the surface due to being stupid which is a distinct possibility.
I get that they're not just standing there throwing insults around. There is a story and I understand it. But I just don't think the whole story line is enough so thats probably why they're pumping it up with the one liners. Okay I cracked a smile at the bat people thing but other than that, there isn't much happening despite people not liking other people and wanting them out. Which I get is what happens.
i did the best I could to separate the thing about being irked by the suggestion that it's just half an hour of shouting, from any claim that it's a particularly highbrow or 'clever' programme (which it isn't).
Theo naked it with one word - farce. Which kinda makes me wonder if anyone has ever suggested that it's kinda like fawlty towers set in westminster.
I'm not sure the two tend to gel together. Maybe you actually owe Meo an apology.
Just quoted Meo cos she made me smile with that line, in light of the 'subtleness' of TOWIE, or whatever (which are, obviously, entirely valid entertainment choices).
At no point did she say TOWIE was subtle. She was actually contrasting something unsubtle in TOWIE with something unsubtle in Thick of It.
I mean, questioning me is one thing, but look at the people who this'd my post. Upstanding erudite fellas to a man.
I'll take that as a kik-style climbdown. ;-)
Or rather you need to have a fair amount of background knowledge to get the best out of it, although it's political so anyone who takes an interest in politics should get the references.
Subtle is like in Arrested Development where they flag up things that are going to happen way in the future so that when you watch it again you realise new things that make you laugh.
Anyway, I enjoy it because it's a good slab of clever, broad farce that doesn't assume we need Sid James winking bawdily at the camera to get the joke.
that usually isn't really relevant.
I can't imagine I'd have the chance to find it funny either.
He'll just tell me loads of boring stuff. The same thing happens when we walk around Westminster. I just get a shit load of boring facts.
If not it's never too late to start.
I feel like your dislike is that bit more understandable now. :-)
seems to work better on repeat viewings, watched the second episode again last night and appreciated it a lot better, it was a joy watching Malcolm starting the engines to be an evil bastard again. I would love to know what he's not been doing the last couple of years ESPECIALLY to let Nicola become leader of the party.
Next week looks brilliant, Stewart in full flow, yay!
and I don't know if it's down to the direction, but it does seem to be a lot more like watching people ACTING than it was back in the first/second series when it seemed a bit more documentary style. I suppose I've never really loved it as much since Hugh left anyway, but it's still one of the best things on TV by far.
Thought it was hilarious.
something about having a second shit.