History Trivia / TheThickOfIt

29th Mar '18 4:11:51 AM jormis29
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* CastingGag: Armando Iannucci admitted he cast Tom Hollander as Cal "The Fucker" Richards partly as an in-joke for fans who'd seen him playing Simon Foster in ''Film/InTheLoop''.

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* CastingGag: Armando Iannucci admitted he cast Tom Hollander Creator/TomHollander as Cal "The Fucker" Richards partly as an in-joke for fans who'd seen him playing Simon Foster in ''Film/InTheLoop''.
26th Mar '18 5:36:02 PM Maxiboy136
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* ChannelHop: Aired on BBC Four before moving to the more mainstream BBC Two for it's fourth and final season.

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* ChannelHop: Aired on BBC Four before moving to the more mainstream BBC Two for it's its fourth and final season.
26th Mar '18 5:35:12 PM Maxiboy136
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** In one episode, Glenn can be seen drinking a can of orange Tango. James Smith once appeared in an advert for that very drink.
9th Aug '17 11:48:10 PM PaulA
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* ActorAllusion: Malcolm's office is referred to as "The Lair of the White Worm" in Series 1. Creator/BramStoker's lesser known horror novel, ''Literature/TheLairOfTheWhiteWorm'', received [[Film/TheLairOfTheWhiteWorm a loose modern-day adaptation in 1988]] and starred--yep, you guessed it --Peter Capaldi.
** Terri is referred to as "Nurse Ratched" by Fergus and Adam at one point. Joanna Scanlan played a Nurse Ratched {{Expy}} in an episode of ''{{Series/Spaced}}'' which contained a WholePlotReference to ''OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''.

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Malcolm's office is referred to as "The Lair of the White Worm" in Series 1. Creator/BramStoker's lesser known horror novel, ''Literature/TheLairOfTheWhiteWorm'', received [[Film/TheLairOfTheWhiteWorm a loose modern-day adaptation in 1988]] and starred--yep, you guessed it --Peter it--Peter Capaldi.
** Terri is referred to as "Nurse Ratched" by Fergus and Adam at one point. Joanna Scanlan played a Nurse Ratched {{Expy}} in an episode of ''{{Series/Spaced}}'' which contained a WholePlotReference to ''OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''.''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''.



*** Even more coincidentally, in one of the DVD commentaries, the cast jokes about Capaldi someday being cast as the next Doctor.

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*** ** Even more coincidentally, in one of the DVD commentaries, the cast jokes about Capaldi someday being cast as the next Doctor.
28th May '17 2:31:51 PM mariofan1000
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* ChannelHop: Aired on BBC Four before moving to the more mainstream BBC Two for it's fourth and final season.
14th Apr '17 2:51:04 PM mariofan1000
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* RoleEndingMisdemeanor: In 2005 Chris Langham was charged with downloading child pornography. Rather than make a full second series without him, the producers made two hour-long specials for which they [[PutOnABus put him on a bus]], leaving the door open for him to return if he was found not guilty. He was found guilty at his 2007 trial and served 15 weeks in prison, and his character Hugh Abbott disappeared from the show never to return.

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* RoleEndingMisdemeanor: In 2005 Chris Langham was charged with downloading child pornography. Rather than make a full second series without him, the producers made two hour-long specials for which they [[PutOnABus put him on a bus]], leaving the door open for him to return if he was found not guilty. He was found guilty at his 2007 trial and served 15 weeks in prison, and his character Hugh Abbott disappeared from the show never to return.return.
* StarMakingRole: Creator/PeterCapaldi was considering leaving acting altogether before this show turned him into a major star.
29th Apr '16 1:55:49 AM Freshmeat
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* HeyItsThatGuy: ''The Thick of It'' has a surprisingly high "It's that guy!" factor.
** As Malcolm Tucker was a rather late StarMakingRole for Creator/PeterCapaldi there are many examples. Malcolm caused this for people who saw Peter Capaldi in ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'' as the much more sympathetic civil servant John Frobisher, the still sweary but more tragic Mark Jenkins in ''Series/{{Skins}}'', or way earlier than that as the Angel Islington in ''Series/{{Neverwhere}}'', or ''still'' earlier as the {{Adorkable}} Danny Oldsen in ''Film/LocalHero''. And this all ultimately leads up to the fact that he is now [[Series/DoctorWho the Twelfth Doctor.]]
** Cal "The Fucker" Richards is ''[[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Cutler Goddamned Beckett]]'', as if he needed to be even ''less'' likeable.
** Peter Mannion is played by [[Series/AshesToAshes Supermac]], perhaps better known as [[Film/VForVendetta Lewis Prothero]] or, going further back, as the original [[Theatre/LesMiserables Inspector Javert]].
** Seeing [[Series/MyParentsAreAliens Brian Johnson]] walk in and use the word "pisser" is likely to shock those familiar with his earlier work.
** [[Series/GameOfThrones Edmure Tully]] is on the Goolding Inquiry, slightly more competent than usual.



* PeripheryDemographic: Thanks to the HeyItsThatGuy effect. Peter Capaldi plays the Doctor on TV in ''Series/DoctorWho'', and Alex Macqueen plays the Master on audio in AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho. Since Doctor/Master is the most popular ''Doctor Who'' slash pairing, ''a lot'' of ''Series/DoctorWho'' slash fans have turned to ''The Thick of It'' to see both men getting all up in each other's faces.

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* PeripheryDemographic: Thanks to the HeyItsThatGuy effect. Peter Capaldi plays the Doctor on TV in ''Series/DoctorWho'', and Alex Macqueen plays the Master on audio in AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho. Since Doctor/Master is the most popular ''Doctor Who'' slash pairing, ''a lot'' of ''Series/DoctorWho'' slash fans have turned to ''The Thick of It'' to see both men getting all up in each other's faces.
27th Dec '15 2:38:55 PM nombretomado
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** As Malcolm Tucker was a rather late StarMakingRole for Creator/PeterCapaldi there are many examples. Malcolm caused this for people who saw Peter Capaldi in ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'' as the much more sympathetic civil servant John Frobisher, the still sweary but more tragic Mark Jenkins in ''{{Skins}}'', or way earlier than that as the Angel Islington in ''Series/{{Neverwhere}}'', or ''still'' earlier as the {{Adorkable}} Danny Oldsen in ''Film/LocalHero''. And this all ultimately leads up to the fact that he is now [[Series/DoctorWho the Twelfth Doctor.]]

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** As Malcolm Tucker was a rather late StarMakingRole for Creator/PeterCapaldi there are many examples. Malcolm caused this for people who saw Peter Capaldi in ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'' as the much more sympathetic civil servant John Frobisher, the still sweary but more tragic Mark Jenkins in ''{{Skins}}'', ''Series/{{Skins}}'', or way earlier than that as the Angel Islington in ''Series/{{Neverwhere}}'', or ''still'' earlier as the {{Adorkable}} Danny Oldsen in ''Film/LocalHero''. And this all ultimately leads up to the fact that he is now [[Series/DoctorWho the Twelfth Doctor.]]
24th Oct '15 10:53:14 PM JamesAustin
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* CastingGag: Armando Iannucci admitted he cast Tom Hollander as Cal "The Fucker" Richards partly as an in-joke for fans who'd seen him playing Simon Foster in ''Film/InTheLoop''.
9th Aug '15 3:25:35 AM major-kumquat
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* TheDanza: Phil Smith is played by Will Smith.
**Sam Cassidy, played by Samantha Harrington.
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