History Series / TheThickofIt

24th Jun '17 3:56:19 PM azeriadance
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* UnwittingPawn: Nick Hanway, Steve Fleming... most of Malcolm's enemies in fact.

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* UnwittingPawn: "Nice Nutter" Nick Hanway, Steve Fleming... most of Malcolm's enemies in fact.
24th Jun '17 4:33:37 AM TimeLordVictorious
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* SpiritualAntithesis: ''Series/TheWestWing'''s [[EvilTwin Evil British Twin]].
23rd Jun '17 6:35:20 AM mariofan1000
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There is ''[[ClusterFBomb a]] [[SirSwearsALot lot]]'' [[CaptainObvious of swearing]].

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There is ''[[ClusterFBomb a]] [[SirSwearsALot ''[[SirSwearsALot a lot]]'' [[CaptainObvious [[ClusterFBomb of swearing]].



** Peter Mannion has obviously never heard the end of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_Basics_(campaign) Tory sleaze]] affair he had twelve years previously, which resulted in the birth of a child.
** "That married producer on ''The Daily Politics''" and Helen.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Hugh and Ollie gang up on Glenn--"The last time you saw a snatch was..." "''Film/BasicInstinct!''"
** Emma thinks this about Phil: "I'll put a sex grid on the fridge...so that you can have dates and stuff and I'll put an A4 piece of paper for me up, and maybe you could have half a Post-It note?"
** In a moment of panic, Phil himself admits to Mannion that his personal life is nonexistent and that he hasn't been laid in over 5 years.
** [[JerkJock Adam]] tells Emma she needs to [[YouNeedToGetLaid "get a boyfriend."]] ([[HeteronormativeCrusader She]] tells him to "come out".)
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Actor Alex [=MacQueen=] is in his mid-thirties (and is actually younger than Chris Addison), but his character, Julius Nicholson, looks much older, thanks to his [[PrematurelyBald massive shiny head]]. Old enough to play a [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem life peer]], at least:
-->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' "Have you got all your stuff ready for your official Lording ceremony? Have you got your mink thong and your [[ErmineCapeEffect ermine]] colostomy bag?"
* YouShallNotPass: [[ProudToBeAGeek Phil]] utters this exact phrase when trying to keep Adam from talking to Peter. Naturally, [[JerkJock Adam]] ignores him.
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->''"Fuckity bye!"''

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** Peter Mannion has obviously never heard the end of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_Basics_(campaign) Tory sleaze]] affair he had twelve years previously, which resulted in the birth of a child.
** "That married producer on ''The Daily Politics''" and Helen.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Hugh and Ollie gang up on Glenn--"The last time you saw a snatch was..." "''Film/BasicInstinct!''"
** Emma thinks this about Phil: "I'll put a sex grid on the fridge...so that you can have dates and stuff and I'll put an A4 piece of paper for me up, and maybe you could have half a Post-It note?"
** In a moment of panic, Phil himself admits to Mannion that his personal life is nonexistent and that he hasn't been laid in over 5 years.
** [[JerkJock Adam]] tells Emma she needs to [[YouNeedToGetLaid "get a boyfriend."]] ([[HeteronormativeCrusader She]] tells him to "come out".)
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Actor Alex [=MacQueen=] is in his mid-thirties (and is actually younger than Chris Addison), but his character, Julius Nicholson, looks much older, thanks to his [[PrematurelyBald massive shiny head]]. Old enough to play a [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem life peer]], at least:
-->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' "Have you got all your stuff ready for your official Lording ceremony? Have you got your mink thong and your [[ErmineCapeEffect ermine]] colostomy bag?"
* YouShallNotPass: [[ProudToBeAGeek Phil]] utters this exact phrase when trying to keep Adam from talking to Peter. Naturally, [[JerkJock Adam]] ignores him.
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->''"Fuckity bye!"''
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17th Jun '17 10:53:36 AM nombretomado
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* YouTubePoop: Nicola finds herself starring in one in episode 3.1.
-->'''Nicola Murray:''' "Oh great, someone's just sent me a Website/YouTube clip, which is me in front of the "[[TheProblemWithPenIsland I AM BENT]]" sign randomly intercut with bits from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. It's not even funny! Why do people ''fucking'' do that on Website/YouTube?"
11th Jun '17 3:15:58 PM nombretomado
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* SleazyPolitician: A pretty huge aversion [[FridgeBrilliance when you think about it]]. Hugh Abbot is an aversion in the manner of ''YesMinister'' as a Hacker-like self-serving coward. Nicola is also not at all sleazy. Incompetent and self-serving, but not sleazy. Peter Mannion isn't even particularly incompetent, although he makes up for that by being a bit backwards; nevertheless, the ''exact opposite'' of sleazy. Stewart and Malcolm are the sleaziest of the lot, with Stewart refusing to honour the idea that families are off-limits and Malcolm's constant near-villainous antics, but they are appointed Communications Directors and Press Secretaries, not, technically, politicians.

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* SleazyPolitician: A pretty huge aversion [[FridgeBrilliance when you think about it]]. Hugh Abbot is an aversion in the manner of ''YesMinister'' ''Series/YesMinister'' as a Hacker-like self-serving coward. Nicola is also not at all sleazy. Incompetent and self-serving, but not sleazy. Peter Mannion isn't even particularly incompetent, although he makes up for that by being a bit backwards; nevertheless, the ''exact opposite'' of sleazy. Stewart and Malcolm are the sleaziest of the lot, with Stewart refusing to honour the idea that families are off-limits and Malcolm's constant near-villainous antics, but they are appointed Communications Directors and Press Secretaries, not, technically, politicians.



* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''YesMinister''.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''YesMinister''.''Series/YesMinister''.
9th Jun '17 10:17:45 PM nombretomado
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** Same goes for Phil; Will Smith (no, not ''that'' WillSmith), who plays him, was born the same year as Chris Addison.

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** Same goes for Phil; Will Smith (no, not ''that'' WillSmith), Creator/WillSmith), who plays him, was born the same year as Chris Addison.
31st May '17 11:53:50 AM Doogie2K
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** Ollie briefly does three different regional accents, all saying, "I hate you!", when describing Nicola's cross-country meet-the-people tour.
31st May '17 6:27:23 AM DoctorNemesis
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** The series also plays with the various clashing ideologies ''within'' the parties, again without quite naming them; Peter, for example, is very clearly an old-school "One Nation"-style conservative who's forced to co-exist within a party dominated by neo-liberal Thatcherite types.



** The scandal involving Baroness Sureka is obliquely referred to by Glenn offering his sympathies for her during the enquiry, and indicated by her absence during one of the inquisitions.

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** The scandal involving Baroness Sureka is obliquely referred to by Glenn offering his sympathies for her during the enquiry, Robyn recognising her from the papers (much to her embarrassment) and indicated by her absence during one of the inquisitions.
30th May '17 6:51:18 PM nombretomado
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The show is essentially a [[SpiritualSuccessor 21st Century update]] of ''Series/YesMinister'', reflecting the changes the British political system has been through in the decades between the two shows, in particular the culture of spin ushered in by [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem New Labour's]] SlaveToPR government. While the earlier show commented on the power of unelected civil servants, the later show portrays the government's spin doctors and the media as the most powerful influences. The show also has a distinct anti-''[[TheWestWing West Wing]]'' sensibility, sitting at the opposite end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: don't expect sharply-dressed idealists doing their best to serve their voters, ''this'' show is all about venal politicians, incompetent civil servants and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking bad suits]].

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The show is essentially a [[SpiritualSuccessor 21st Century update]] of ''Series/YesMinister'', reflecting the changes the British political system has been through in the decades between the two shows, in particular the culture of spin ushered in by [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem New Labour's]] SlaveToPR government. While the earlier show commented on the power of unelected civil servants, the later show portrays the government's spin doctors and the media as the most powerful influences. The show also has a distinct anti-''[[TheWestWing anti-''[[Series/TheWestWing West Wing]]'' sensibility, sitting at the opposite end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: don't expect sharply-dressed idealists doing their best to serve their voters, ''this'' show is all about venal politicians, incompetent civil servants and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking bad suits]].



** Claire Ballentyne MP, who appears to have wandered in from some sort of UK version of TheWestWing, where politicians are clever, caring and responsible. [[spoiler: Until it turns out she's unelectable as leader because of her ongoing online gambling addiction, anyway.]]

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** Claire Ballentyne MP, who appears to have wandered in from some sort of UK version of TheWestWing, ''Series/TheWestWing'', where politicians are clever, caring and responsible. [[spoiler: Until it turns out she's unelectable as leader because of her ongoing online gambling addiction, anyway.]]
28th May '17 4:33:47 AM DoctorNemesis
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** It would probably be quicker to list the characters who appear in the series and ''aren't'' colossal dicks to the people around them in some way, shape or form.
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