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[[caption-width-right:350:[-Welcome to Whitehall. Please leave your principles at the door.-] ]]

->''"I'm a man of principle: I like to know whether I'm lying to save the skin of a tosser or a moron."''
-->-- '''Malcolm Tucker'''

->''"Does he understand the policy? Forgive my concern, but it's a bit like if a dog can grasp the concept of Norway."''
-->-- '''Fergus Williams'''

[[{{Satire}} Satirical]] [[BritCom British]] GovernmentProcedural produced by Adam Tandy and directed by Creator/ArmandoIannucci. Debuted in 2005. It is styled as a fly-on-the-wall view of the inner workings of [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem British politics]], with natural-sounding, partly [[{{Improv}} improvised]] dialogue and the use of [[JitterCam shaky hand-held cameras]]. Intended to be as [[SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic realistic]] as possible, the writing team employs several {{Whitehall}} insiders and every aspect is meticulously researched, from the office décor to the levels of swearing.

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

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]].

The show is set in and around the fictitious Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship, the least glamorous and most troublesome of all the [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem Cabinet]] offices. Created as a "Super Department" with a wide-ranging and varied (read: vague and confusing) remit, it handles everything from housing to crime statistics (read: the boring stuff none of the other departments can be arsed with).

The plot focuses for the most part on the Prime Minister's Director of Communications (read: enforcer) Malcolm Tucker, played by Creator/PeterCapaldi, whose job consists of yelling at people in the vain hope that it might stop them from fucking up too badly. The first two series, each comprising three episodes, star Chris Langham as the hapless Minister for Social Affairs, Hugh Abbott MP. They were followed by two hour-long specials: "Rise of the Nutters" and "Spinners and Losers", which deal with the issue of the Prime Minister's impending resignation. The third series introduced Nicola Murray MP, played by Rebecca Front, as Hugh Abbott's replacement following a Cabinet reshuffle. The fourth series started in September 2012, in which the new [=DoSAC=] minister is the world-weary Peter Mannion MP, while the party Malcolm is loyal to is now in opposition.

An AU spin-off movie, ''InTheLoop'', was released in 2009. An [[TransAtlanticEquivalent American version]], titled ''Series/{{Veep}}'' (being set in the office of the Vice President) aired on {{HBO}} in spring 2012.

This show has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: you can read more about them and how they fit into the UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem over at the show's [[Characters/TheThickOfIt Character Sheet]].

''Very'' popular in Whitehall, which can only be a bad thing for the UK...

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!!This show provides examples of:

* AbhorrentAdmirer:
** John Duggan to Helen.
** Terri to Peter:
--->'''Peter Mannion: '''"She just made eyes at me. God, I wish I could make redundancy at her."
* ActuallyPrettyFunny:
** Malcolm insults everyone constantly but gets away with it by being [[RefugeInAudacity audacious]], [[MagnificentBastard charming]], ...and funny:
--->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' "You should try the chicken salad! If I'm lucky you'll get salmonella."
--->'''Julius Nicholson:''' "Now ''that'' is amusing, Malcolm; that is very funny."
** Ollie has to admit that leaving a pair of flip-flops on Angela Heaney's desk is ActuallyPrettyFunny...the porn picture with the caption "Angela Swallows Anything" less so.
* AlasPoorVillain:
** [[spoiler:Malcolm himself]] being forced out of a job by someone even more villainous than himself.
** Stewart Pearson gets a moment like this in the third season finale, when [[TheNapoleon Cal]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyfast "The Fucker"]] [[ShroudedInMyth Richards]] tells him he's been fired as a [[KickTheDog joke]]. Sure, Stewart is an unlikeable, power-tripping master of meaningless PC hypocrisy, but he looks so...broken.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Julius "Screaming Lord Crutch" Nicholson.
* AnalogyBackfire:
** In a deleted scene, Phil tries to prepare Mannion for questions about financial sector entitlement:
-->'''Phil:''' You just start off talking about how great the City used to be, then how it's not so great now, and then end with a joke. It's the classic shit sandwich. You know -- bread, shit, bread.
-->'''Mannion:''' Phil, if anyone bites into a shit sandwich, they don't say, "Mmm, bread." They say, "Oh, fuck! I've got a mouth full of shit. You mental bastard. Why have you filled my sandwich with shit?"
** [[WhamEpisode Episode 7 of series 3]] is full of them:
*** Malcolm's "I am the heart of government" line backfires when the journalists he delivers it to twist it, wrongly implicating him in a scandal by branding him "[[Literature/HeartOfDarkness The Heart of Darkness]]".
*** The episode also contains many theatre-related metaphors: for example, Malcolm asking Steve Fleming "Did you get heckled off?" This backfires when Steve tells him [[spoiler:"The show's over, it's curtains"]].
*** Earlier that episode, there's Steve claiming he and Malcolm are the [[{{Oasis}} Gallagher brothers]] of politics.
--->'''Malcolm:''' "How does that work? Does that mean I'm the semi-talented songwriter and you're the fucking loutish prick? That's a lovely analogy."
* {{Angrish}}:
-->"Auf Wiedersehen Pet, the party's over, goodbye yellow brick road!"
--> "FUCKIN' OLLIE! HE'S A FUCKIN' KNITTED SCARF!"
* AntiHero: Malcolm himself on his good days, occasionally drifting into VillainProtagonist territory.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: "Do you ever get [[LonelyAtTheTop lonely]], Malcolm?"
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "Have you been at Number 10 recently? It's like the break-up of Music/TheBeatles, during the fall of TheRomanEmpire. While fucking...[[PagethreeStunna Jordan's]] splitting up with that bloke."
* AskAStupidQuestion: Jamie does this deliberately in an attempt to wind Malcolm up. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQoem1717X4 It works]]:
-->'''Jamie:''' "Have you seen this?"
-->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' [[SarcasmMode "No, I haven't seen that. I'm the senior press guy for the government of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. I don't look at the newspapers. That's fuckin' news to me!"]]
* AtomicFBomb:
** Hugh's bollocking from Malcolm [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5jr33wiVZQ outside the goldfish bowl]] probably counts as an Atomic Cluster F Bomb.
--->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' "Why the fuck didn't you talk to me you STUPID CUNT!! How the fuck am I supposed to do my job if I don't know what THE FUCK IS GOING ON!? You're a FUCKING PRICK!!"
** To add to the effect, the door of the theoretically (but not) soundproof glass room is opened just as Malcolm shouts the word "prick".
* AxCrazy: Jamie, the aggressive, foul-mouthed Scottish press officer who is ''[[UpToEleven even worse]]'' than Malcolm:
-->'''Ollie Reeder:''' "When I met you this morning I thought you were the ''nice'' Scot."
* BadBoss: Good luck trying to find a moment in the show where Malcolm himself is in a good mood, and wasn't insulting the co-workers he's speaking to.
** He does treat his assistant, Sam, well. He's even protective of her when he's sacked at the end of series three.
* BadassInANiceSuit:
** When we see Malcolm in casual clothes he seems strangely vulnerable and emasculated, if frightening [[WeWantOurJerkBack in a whole other way]]. He reverts to his usual imposing self the minute he gets back into his suits.
--->'''Ollie Reeder:''' "It's like he's been to the vet and had his knackers done."
** And after he marches down the stairs again, barking orders, Sam walks into his office holding his suit, freshly dry-cleaned. [[EvilCostumeSwitch It gets a close-up]].
* BadassLongcoat: Unusual in a gritty political satire but there is one... it's Malcolm's, of course.
* BaddieFlattery: One of Malcolm's favourite tactics. It usually works too.
* BastardUnderstudy: Malcolm's PsychoForHire, Jamie. He was carefully chosen by Malcolm for being too feral to ever pose a real threat to his job.
* BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults: In a deleted scene Malcolm reveals that he sends junior press officers to the toilets to spy on people, obtaining what he calls "Urinal Intelligence" while harnessing "the power of [[{{Squick}} The Third Eye]]".
* BeachEpisode: The party conference episode in series three. Being ''The Thick of It'', and being set in [[TheGreatBritishSeaside Eastbourne]], this episode is just as unglamorous as the rest. We see Terri in her cagoule, but no-one in their swimsuits, which is [[FanDisservice probably for the best]]. Although we ''do'' get to see [[DracoInLeatherPants Malcolm in black tie]], [[{{Fanservice}} for no apparent reason]].
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Malcolm says this more or less to Ollie in the last episode, when he tells Malcolm that [[spoiler: he would like his job after he gets himself arrested for perjury.]]
* BerserkButton:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_7pyktzpY8 "He loves Al Jolson."]]
** Opposition spin doctor Stewart Pearson ''really'' doesn't like being locked in small rooms.
** Nicola Murray has a similar phobia: "I just don't do lifts..." Rebecca Front is a RealLife claustrophobe.
** Glenn does ''not'' care for people mocking someone who has just committed suicide.
* BigBad: Steve Fleming in season three. Cal "The Fucker" Richards is the BiggerBad, even if he only appears in [[OneSceneWonder one scene.]].
* TheBigBoard: Opposition aide Phil uses one for his [=DoSAC=] Implementation Matrix.
* BigEater:
** Julius Nicholson: "[[YouFool You fools]]! These are good biscuits and they cost four pounds."
** Nicholson has a constant food motif. When he isn't munching biscuits, buying sandwiches or eating takeaways, he's feeding the ducks. He even tries to go [[ThroughHisStomach through Malcolm's stomach]] when he [[spoiler: wants Malcolm to come back after his sacking]]. However, he will ''not'' eat the pissy biscuit, or THE FUCKIN' CHEEEEEEESE...
---> '''Malcolm Tucker:''' "Sam! No pissy biscuits!"
** [[FatIdiot Ben Swain]] is another big eater, with his "Magic Drawer" full of chocolate:
--->'''Nicola Murray:''' "You haven't had this much fun since you went to Cadbury World."
* BitchInSheepsClothing: It's a paper-thin disguise in ''[[BerserkButton Steve]]'' Fleming's case.
* BitingTheHandHumor: Series 3 managed to fit in numerous digs at the BBC. Some were subtle, others not so subtle:
--> '''Phil Smith:''' "You've seen ''{{Misery}}''?"
--> '''Peter Mannion:''' "I'm in the fucking BBC, aren't I?"
* BlackAndGreyMorality: Hardly any character is without his/her flaws, and are all depicted to be varying degrees of cowardly, grubbing, backstabbing, manipulative, self-centred and ultimately more concerned with simply keeping their jobs than with doing the right thing.
* BlessedAreTheCheesemakers: "EAT THE FUCKIN' CHEESE."
* BolivianArmyEnding
* BottleEpisode: Apart from one short scene, the whole of Episode 6 of Series 3 takes place entirely in the [=DoSAC=] offices, which is on "lock down". The only major characters to feature in the episode are Malcolm, Nicola, Glenn, Ollie, Terri and Ben.
* BrainsAndBrawn: Malcolm and Jamie are an EvilDuo who fit this trope.
* BreakTheMotivationalSpeaker: Well, Peter valiantly tries, but unfortunately the motivational speaker in question is Stewart, and the git seems to be made of rubber.
* BriefAccentImitation:
** Characters occasionally do bad imitations of Malcolm's [[BritishAccents Glaswegian]] accent. Never to his face, of course.
** Phil does this to express his opinion of Malcolm as an non-threatening comedy Scotsman. Then he meets him...
** Malcolm does a brief imitation of John Duggan's English accent, and it is genuinely disturbing.
* BritishBrevity: The first two series had only three episodes each.
* BritishNewspapers: Malcolm's raison d'etre is to get them to print what he wants, when he wants. Angela Heaney, "the twatbubble from the ''Standard''", is usually pretty compliant (but becomes less so when she moves to the ''Daily Mail'').
* BuffySpeak: The infamous "Quiet Bat People".
* ButIPlayOneOnTV:
** Rebecca Front is baffled at how playing a fictional minister has brought her a flood of requests to appear on news shows [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/may/16/television-current-affairs-political-comedy as a political pundit]]. Similarly, Peter Capaldi was asked to interview Creator/AlastairCampbell in the style of Malcolm Tucker but had to refuse on the grounds that Malcolm is a fictional character and that he'd need backup from eight writers.
** Peter Capaldi gets fans stopping him the street with [[TooKinkyToTorture requests to tell them to fuck off]]: [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2009/oct/17/peter-capaldi-malcolm-tucker-tv "...and sometimes I mean it"]].
* BullyingADragon: In Episode 4 of Season 4, Malcolm needs [[FatIdiot Ben Swain]] [[spoiler: to resign in order for him to depose Nicola]], and has (with no intention of screwing him over,) offered him the Foreign Office in return. Ben then starts playing both sides against each other, demanding they raise their offers, and relishing the fact that ([[ButtMonkey for once]],) he holds all the cards. And, indeed, he does hold the cards, right up until he's committed too far to back out, and Malcolm shows him exactly why he ''really'' should have accepted the original offer...
* ButtMonkey: Poor Glenn. "I feel like I'm in a therapy group being run by my own rapist."
** Peter Mannion as well, particularly by series three. It's quite obvious the man is well-meaning, but he's constantly surrounded by people who want to make him look like a tosser, or people who think he's a tosser.
** Phil has gone from being Emma's enemy in the Specials and Series 3, to being universally detested by everyone at [=DoSAC=]. Terri seems to be speaking for everyone when she says "That boy is a simpleton. Two hundred years ago, they wouldn't have let him milk a cow." However, he's so arrogant and obnoxious that it's hard to feel sorry for him.
** [[FatIdiot Ben Swain's]] first appearance has him unexpectedly ending up in an interview with [[TheDreaded Jeremy Paxman]], which was accurately described as "like watching a lion raping a sheep but in a bad way." Later on, Malcolm forces him into another one with the same man and leaves him with nothing to talk about. Then he spends a happy half-hour being told he might be the next Prime Minister, only to be left "standing in the House, alone, with your big, flaccid dick hanging out with a Vote-for-Me sticker on the end." And then there's the events of Season 4, Episode 4, though to be fair that was his own fault.
** Nicola was never the most competent minister, but in series four, when she's become Leader of the Opposition, each episode seems to just be one long HumiliationConga for her.
* BystanderSyndrome: [=NoMFuP=].
* CannotTellAJoke: Nicola: "Thank our fucky stars for that" ''(tumbleweeds blow past)''
** Ollie too, mostly in the first couple of seasons. He occasionally manages a bit of genuinely funny [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan snarking]] but mostly he just desperately prolongs other people's jokes.
** Robyn to Glenn: "Don't do jokes Glenn. You're not a funny man, you're not that type."
** Peter Mannion is accused of this during the radio debate:
--->'''Peter Mannion:''' "...who should come rolling along the corridor but Malcolm Tucker, the man who was once referred to as 'The [[ViolentGlaswegian Gorbals]] [[ThoseWackyNazis Goebbels]]'?"\\
'''Stewart Pearson:''' "[[DudeNotFunny Oh don't do a joke Peter]], don't do a joke..."
* CasanovaWannabe: Glen and his pitiful attempts at flirting with Robyn.
-->'''Glen Cullen:''' "If anyone shouts at you, they'll have to answer to me. I'll box his ears!"
-->'''Hugh Abbot:''' "Box his ears? If that was flirting, that was absolutely crap. Box his ears? How long is it since you've had sex?"
* CaptainObvious: Done quite frequently when making official comments to avoid misinterpretation, such as when Stewart says he hopes there will be no more Mr. Tickels, then follows up by explaining he means that in terms of preventing other people from ending up in Tickel's situation, not in terms of wiping out the Tickel family line.
* 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 ''InTheLoop''.
* CentipedesDilemma: Nicola is unable to remember which foot to start with when walking to the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. [[spoiler: She ends up totally frozen, as her staff watch on television in horror.]]
* CelebrityParadox
** ''HaveIGotNewsForYou'' exists in the [=ThickVerse=]. Rebecca Front, Chris Addison, and Miles Jupp have all appeared on HIGNFY. (None of them cracked unkind jokes about Peter Mannion's wife, however.)
** Phil is a keen ''Series/GameOfThrones'' fan, asking Adam if he's seen Season Two, and referring to himself as "the King's Hand". Roger Allam (Peter Mannion) plays Illyrio Mopatis in that series. One wonders if Phil has noticed the resemblance.
** Nicola refers to ''Series/DoctorWho'' at one point in Series Three. One can only imagine Nicola's reaction to watching Series Eight of DW and seeing Malcolm walk out of the TARDIS calling himself the Doctor.
* CellPhonesAreUseless: There's almost no mobile coverage at the country hotel where Stewart's ghastly "Thought Camp" is being held. In a CrowningMomentOfFunny, Stewart and Peter are forced to stand at the top of the [[spoiler: children's slide]] in order to get reception. Needless to say, there's someone with a {{Twitter}} account, a camera phone, and (one assumes) a grudge to bear, in the vicinity.
* CerebusSyndrome: The first two series involve the bumbling Hugh Abbot's attempts to keep his political career afloat. Starting with the specials the focus shifts to Malcolm Tucker, and series three portrays his bailing-with-a-thimble fight to keep the government in power. The [[RippedFromTheHeadlines ripped-from-the-headlines]] nature of the scripts combined with Tucker's character development (which somehow made him ''more impressive'') resulted in series three taking a distinct turn for the dramatic. The third series was also the first time an entire series had been commissioned, which gave the writers a more definite frame in which they could toy with story arcs.
* CharacterDevelopment: A lot of characters are becoming gradually more and more politically savvy, the most noticeable being Ollie in Series 4. Bear in mind that this simply means they're not idiots anymore.
* ChekhovsGunman:
** Steve Fleming mostly wars against Malcolm at the end of Series 3, but Nicola's attitude towards him ends badly for her in Series 4. Fleming makes the front page of the Guardian in episode 4 with claims that Nicola is unelectable, which causes Malcolm to realise that the time is right for her political demise. By the end of the episode, she's gone.
** Tara Strachan, the economist Adam and Fergus talk to in episode 3 of Series 4. There's a couple of blink-and-you'll-miss-it shots of her with a concerned look on her face as she takes a phonecall and looks into the office in which the group are reacting to the news of Tickel's death. She quickly ends the call when they come out, which doesn't come up again until the enquiry. It turns out she was reporting the inappropriate response (including elation from Phil), which bites the group hard when they're called on it.
* ChewingTheScenery:
** The role of Malcolm Tucker involves plenty of [[DeathGlare Death Glares]] and [[EyeTake Eye Takes]], not to mention countless [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon bollockings]] and all of that [[ClusterFBomb Baroque]] [[CountryMatters swearing]]. Peter Capaldi says he finds the role "cathartic", and [[EvilIsCool who can blame him]]?
** He also says he finds the role exhausting: it requires him to act so damn hard his temple veins start throbbing. This is occasionally [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], as is his stressed-out and sleep-deprived appearance in the show. The latter is apparently [[EnforcedMethodActing not entirely down to acting]], and this seems to be confirmed by the fact that he looks about ten years younger in ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth''. Between Series 1 and Series 3 of ''The Thick of It'' he also managed to go completely grey, which may or may not be a coincidence.
** In Ianucci's own words (about ''InTheLoop''):
--->"We just had to give Malcolm as much as possible to say, he gets [through] his words so quickly. We have to keep feeding the monster."
* ChildHater: Peter, who says "I hate school children. They're volatile and stupid and they haven't got the vote. Might as well be talking to fucking geese."
* ChristmasEpisode: Averted: Although the Specials show some of the characteristics of a Christmas Episode, they take place shortly ''after'' Christmas and the Christmas decoration gradually disappears from the office, leaving only one sad little bit of tinsel by the time the second Special begins.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Everyone. In every episode.
** Malcolm in particular seems to spend at least half his time sabotaging people from HIS party.
* CliffHanger:
-->"The Prime Minister has resigned! The Prime Minister ''has just resigned''!"
--> [[spoiler: "YOU WILL SEE ME AGAIN! YOU WILL FUCKIN' SEE ME AGAIN!"]]
--> And from episode 4.06, [[spoiler: "I'm finished anyway. ''You'' didn't finish me."]]
* ClusterFBomb:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mss7ZNIEhfo Tucker's Law]] is the strongest example of so very, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXoopmFkDBU very]]'' many.
** "Come the fuck in or fuck the fuck off..." Only Malcolm could find a way to fit an extra "fuck" into "fuck off".
** Listing all of the examples would take forever: this is probably the sweariest sitcom ever made. The unusually high level of swearing is even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in one episode:
---> '''[=DoSAC=] Staffer:''' "Could you stop swearing please?"\\
'''Malcolm Tucker:''' "I'm really sorry, you won't hear any more swearing from us, you '''MASSIVE'''... '''GAY''' '''''SHITE'''''! '''''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-Iz7-8W9Ro FUCK OFF!]]'''''"
** And again in ''InTheLoop'':
---> '''Malcolm Tucker:''' ''(into phone)'' "Fucking hung up, haven't you? You fucking hoity-toity fucking..."\\
'''American Tourist:''' "Hey, buddy? Enough with the curse words, all right?"\\
'''Malcolm Tucker:''' ''(beat)'' "Kiss my sweaty balls, you fat fuck!"
* CockFight: Fergus and Adam vying for the attentions of a hot economist in [=S04E03=].
* CoincidentalBroadcast: When the Prime Minister resigns, Malcolm, Jamie, Ben and Ollie are immediately able to watch a news item about it. The Prime Minister resigning would be pretty big news, and would certainly take over the rolling news channels almost immediately. And such offices would usually have at least one TV constantly switched to rolling news (probably either BBC News or BBC Parliament), if only for the look of the thing (and it's as reliable a news feed as any for most things), but simultaneously PlayedForLaughs by another group dashing around desperately looking for a television, and then arguing about how to plug it in.
* ComedicSociopathy: The writers ''seriously'' love to mock the actors' physical characteristics. The scripts lay into everything from Alex [=MacQueen's=] lack of hair to Justin Edwards' nervous blink:
--> '''[[http://www.avclub.com/articles/peter-capaldi,30792/ Peter Capaldi]]:''' "I said to [[Creator/ArmandoIannucci Armando]], 'Why do you always get me to run about?' And he says, 'Because you’ve just got [[GirlyRun a funny run]]'"
--> '''Chris Addison:''' "One of the things that the ''Thick Of It'' writers are very good at is taking our own physical defects and flinging them right back at us"
--> '''Will Smith:''' ''(who plays Opposition aide Phil)'' "They're like bullies, basically."
* ComplimentBackfire: "You're like a female John Major." Ouch.
* CoolOldGuy: Completely averted--the older you are, the naffer everyone thinks you are. Poor Glenn.
* CorruptTheCutie:
** Nicola arrives at [=DoSAC=] as a [[WideEyedIdealist wide-eyed]], naive MP who only reluctantly agreed to become a Cabinet minister. After being introduced to Malcolm, she attempts to emulate him, swearing more in front of him ("You are ''so'' wanking with the wrong crowd!") and trying to imitate his [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon signature method of issuing threats]] ("Do we go after him with... a bum-dildo of vengeance?"). By the end of the series she becomes power-hungry to the point of considering a leadership bid, and swears so much that even Steve Fleming is shocked ("You're quite the potty-mouth, aren't you?").
--->'''Nicola Murray:''' "You're about as on the ball today as a dead fucking seal!"
--->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' "Hey, that's one of my lines!"
** Ollie Reeder, to the point of ultimately [[spoiler:taking Malcolm's place]] by the end of Series 4.
* CountryMatters:
** Terri's IrrevocableMessage, Malcolm's birthday cake... the show is full of [[ClusterFBomb F-bombs]] and the writers aren't shy of C-bombs either.
** This was nicely referenced in Peter Capaldi's [[SelfDeprecation self-deprecating]] ad for [=MacMillan=] Cancer Support, in which he discussed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXeZHgkMHEU "The Big C--and not my usual Big C..."]]
* CrazyPrepared: Parodied by Jamie: "I do keep a balaclava and gaffer tape in my car".
* CringeComedy:
** [[CharacterTics "Blinky"]] Ben Swain's ''Newsnight'' interview: "Like watching a lion rape a sheep, but in a bad way."
** Nicola's ''[[BritishNewspapers Guardian]]'' meeting from series 3 may be the show's most cringe-inducing moment to date, although the radio interview with Mannion and Richard Bacon comes close.
--->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' "Fuck me! This is like a clown running across a minefield!"
** Peter Mannion's "I call app Britain" speech at the school in episode 1 of season 4.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: "You breathe a word of this to anyone, you mincing fucking ''[[CountryMatters CUNT]]'' and I will tear your fuckin' skin off, I will wear it to your mother's birthday party and I will rub your nuts up and down her leg whilst whistling ''Bohemian'' fuckin' ''Rhapsody'', right? Now [[DeathGlare get out of my fucking sight...]]" Malcolm is particularly good at dishing out this kind of threat...
** ...and so is Jamie. This trope is pretty much Jamie's job description:
--->'''Jamie:''' "You take the piss out of Jolson again and I will remove your iPod from its tiny nano-sheath and push it up your cock. Then I'll plug some speakers up your arse and put it on to shuffle with my fucking fist. And every time I hear something that I don't like- which will be every time that something comes on- I will skip to the next track by crushing your balls."
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in Series 3:
--->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' "I just wanted to say to you by way of introductory remarks that I'm ''extremely'' miffed about today's events, and in my quest to try to make you understand the level of my unhappiness I'm likely to use an awful lot of what we would call ''violent sexual imagery''--and I just wanted to check that neither of you would be terribly offended by that."
* ADayInTheLimelight: The Number 10 press office gets this in series two, episode one. It's also technically Malcolm's, as this was before he became a one-man SpotlightStealingSquad.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Most characters in ''The Thick of It'' are deadpan snarkers to some extent.
** Glenn Cullen. "The new administration? Listen to The First Lady!"
** Peter Mannion snarks for the Opposition:
---> '''Stewart Pearson:''' "Ah, Peter! Glad we could hook up! I just wanted to take a few turns with you on the ideas carousel..."
---> '''Peter Mannion:''' "Oh, you mean you wanted to have a chat?"
** Nicola Murray stands out in her introduction, when she bites back at Malcolm's probing into her personal life.
* DeathGlare: "Have I got my bollocking face on? No no, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89ojjeWBQ-0 this]]'' is my bollocking face."
** It is also worth remembering that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik_RE2NEO3A paper jams]] do ''not'' fall within Malcolm's remit.
** [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/extra/video/p0052098 "Malcolm, I've got a lot on... not a problem."]]
* DecoyProtagonist: "Lawton Dangles By A Thread"
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: [[spoiler:Malcolm]] in his [[FishOutOfWater futile attempts]] to adjust to life outside politics:
--> ''(answering phone) "Hello, Phillip Schofield, I fuck lobsters for money."''
* DidntSeeThatComing: A regular occurrence, due to every character's ChronicBackstabbingDisorder and resultant [[GambitPileup Gambit Pileups]]. Of note:
** The end of ''Spinners and Losers''.
** Malcolm failing to predict the Goolding Enquiry.
* DirtyCoward: The characters have a tendency to brag about the latest heroic scheme they're plotting or the stand they're planning to take, before chickening out of it at the last minute:
--> '''Hugh Abbott:''' "I'm going to go in to the PM and tell him straight up: this bill is a load of old bollocks!" \\
'''Glenn Cullen:''' "No you're not."\\
'''Hugh Abbott:''' "No I'm not, but it'd be great if I did, wouldn't it?"
** For all his flaws, the only character who isn't a coward or a hypocrite is Malcolm: he's never afraid of facing his enemies or getting his hands dirty.
** Even this is subverted in Series 4, when [[spoiler: Malcolm begins plotting a coup behind Nicola's back and assuring her of his loyalty. Although that's explained more as him being interested in the future of the party and it having a viable leader who can win the next election rather than someone who blathers about ''quiet bat-people''.]]
* DisorganizedOutlineSpeech:
-->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' "And it better not be too boring, and it better not be too interesting either, okay? And it better not cost too much. It can't be an old thing, obviously, and don't make it too new."
-->'''Ben Swain:''' "Oh, for fuck's sake..."
* {{Dissimile}}: "I'm going to need you to make like a tree and go fuck yourselves" from Malcolm.
* TheDogBitesBack:
** In "Spinners and Losers", when it looks like Ben Swain has a slight chance of becoming the next Prime Minister, Ollie--who has been positioning himself as Swain's right-hand man--decides it's time to start throwing his weight around with Malcolm. It lasts about a minute before Malcolm shoots him down and [[ItMakesSenseInContext bluntly orders him to go and buy some cheese]]. And in any case, events soon prove that Ollie really should have made sure Swain had more than what turned out to be a ''very'' slight chance of becoming PM.
** Through Series 4, Helen remains loyal to Nicola despite an increasing torrent of abuse in her direction. After [[spoiler:Nicola's firing]], Helen uses her loyalty to trick Nicola into an utterly humiliating video interview with the hack in a pork chop costume who has been harassing her most of the series.
** A subtle example in episode 3 of Series 4. The receptionist of the hotel in which Stewart is holding his thought camp responds to his obnoxiousness by being obsfucating when it comes to returning his phone shortly afterwards. She also directs him to the children's slide (leading to embarassing photos on Twitter), claiming that it's the best place to get reception - Emma being able to take a call elsewhere suggests it wasn't his only option.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Malcolm telling Nicola not to take a job in America sounds suspiciously like he is begging her not to leave him. But it's [[WillTheyOrWontThey all for the good of the party, obviously, nothing personal.]]
* TheDitz:
** Robyn. "I've leaked ''nothing''! Other than accidentally, obviously."
** John Duggan manages to make Robyn look like a HypercompetentSidekick in comparison:
---> '''Ollie Reader:''' "I'm not being horrible but are you actually autistic?"
---> '''John Duggan:''' "No, I'm not... but you'd be surprised how many people ask me that."
* DontExplainTheJoke:
** Someone desperately needs to explain this concept to press officer John Duggan.
** After Hugh asks "What's a circle jerk?" Ollie gets most of the way through explaining before realizing this was [[CringeComedy a bad idea]].
* DoorDumb: Fergus manages to push a revolving door the wrong way, but to be fair he is desperately trying to escape the press. Glenn rescues him, but naturally [[BeleagueredAssistant gets no thanks for it.]]
* DownerEnding:
** Malcolm revealing that the [[IronicBirthday birthday]] he'd just spent alone in his office eating a cake iced with the words "Happy Birthday C*nt" was in fact [[spoiler:his fiftieth]].
** The entire series--[[spoiler: Malcolm is about to be sent to prison for perjury, Nicola is stuck in a humiliating backbench position, Ollie's become the new Malcolm and sold his soul to Dan Miller, Glenn quits in a blaze of glory, Stewart's been sacked, and the rest of both parties just have to keep slogging through the political shit.]]
* DoubleTake:
** Malcolm does an especially priceless one when he discovers Hugh eating biscuits in the pantry.
** Ollie does another during Nicola's Fourth Sector launch, when he notices Malcolm [[DeathGlare Death Glaring]] at him through a glass wall.
* TheDragon:
** Jamie to Malcolm. In the second special he is a DragonWithAnAgenda, which may account for his sacking. The deleted scenes reveal that Malcolm sometimes has him followed. Keep your friends close...
** In Season 4, much to his own surprise, [[spoiler: Ollie]] becomes Malcolm's new sidekick.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Tickel, the nurse who was forced out of his home by government policies, kills himself in Episode 3 of Season 4.]]
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Malcolm has fought ''so hard'' for the party. If ''The Missing [=DoSAC=] Files'' are to be believed, however, no one has an ounce of respect for him after the election. The e-mail exchange regarding the titular missing files is also indicative that people aren't taking Malcolm very seriously any more. The replies are snarky almost down to the last man. It's still hard to picture the characters saying any of those things to his face, however... and Ollie seems appropriately scared piss-less.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Glenn calls Terri a [[CountryMatters cunt]] in the first episode which seems incredibly jarring when compared to his later demeanour.
** Ollie and Glenn smoke outside while pondering their potential resignations at the end of series one. They're never shown to be smokers otherwise.
* ErmineCapeEffect: Played with by Julius Nicholson when he is made Lord Nicholson of Arnage. He laments that he won't be allowed to wear his ceremonial robes--including an actual ermine cape--on the [[UsefulNotes/TheLondonUnderground Tube]] or the bus, "but I would, it would be great larks!"
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** Malcolm to Cliff Lawton: "Well, it's difficult..."
** Cal Richards is introduced with a KickTheDog moment--"jokingly" telling Stewart Pearson he's been sacked--which immediately tells the viewer [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor what a cruel sense of humour he has]].
--->'''Peter Mannion:''' "I'm sensing a change of management style here, from touchy-feely to smashy-testes."
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: The published script book includes a section entitled "Malcolm's Sent Items". Among the threats of sexual violence sent to [=DoSAC=] staff there is one very polite email addressed to "Isobel Tucker" and beginning "Dear Mam..."
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Cal "The Fucker" Richards.
* EvilCounterpart: While calling anyone on this show ''more'' evil than anyone else is a matter of semantics at best, Season 3 Episode 8 shows The Fucker is basically Malcolm's.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Ollie had been expecting someone taller than Steve Fleming.
--> '''Ollie Reeder:''' "For a man who brought us back into power, he's not very imposing is he? He's like a Lego policeman."
* EyeTake: Malcolm gets several per episode, but his most epic was probably a close-up of his eyes as they scanned the headline [[spoiler:MALCOLM TUCKER RESIGNS]].
* FanDisservice: The (thankfully) deleted scene in which ''Glenn pulls''. Although Ollie and Nicola's running commentary while spying on Glenn and the woman is pure gold and deserves to be enjoyed.
* FatIdiot: The Right Honourable Ben Swain MP, with his magic drawer full of chocolate and his MEGA blink.
-->'''Nicola Murray:''' "Oh god, talking to you is like talking to a fucking whoopee cushion."
* FauxAffablyEvil: Most characters are fully aware that Malcolm is a complete and utter bastard. Despite this, very few are immune to his charms.
* {{Flanderization}}:
** Throughout the first two series and the Specials, Terri is a reasonably motivated and competent civil servant. By the third series she becomes noticeably stupider, lazier and more useless, to the the point where even the Opposition refer to her as "the useless one". She also becomes ''one hell'' of a lot bitchier. [[spoiler: However, it's revealed in the fourth season that she's actually trying to get out with a redundancy package.]]
** Same goes for Phil. In his first appearances during the first special (and the Opposition Extra that runs concurrent with the second special), he's an inexperienced and easily-jangled but fairly savvy worker with a desire to pony up to Peter Mannion and an obsession with the 80s. However, during the third series, he starts behaving ''very'' unprofessionally in his attempts to mess with Olly, and in the finale, he's judged useless enough to be delegated to coffee duties. By the fourth series, he's little more than a useless, immature "8-year-old trapped in the body of a 12-year-old," about whom every interaction ends with either a punchline about how much he loves sci-fi and fantasy or something about him sucking up to Peter; admittedly, the worst of his uselessness is partly due to the fact that he's no longer teamed up with Emma.
** Glenn Cullen's age is played up more as the series progresses. He goes from being the more overtly harsh advisor to Hugh, to being an out-of-touch old man in later seasons.
* FoodFight: Julius Nicholson gets helplessly pelted with food by the Caledonian Mafia. Probably slightly more one-sided than the trope suggests.
-->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' "Have some fuckin' chow mein!"
* ForgetsToEat:
** Being a total workaholic, Malcolm seems to do this.
** Adam in ''Spinners and Losers''. Angela tells him to eat something because "your blood sugar's low, it makes you very irritable."
* ForgottenAnniversary: Well, Peter's wife Tina thinks he's forgotten. Actually, he says he left a card on the kitchen table; it's in his pocket.
* FreudianTrio: Malcolm is the Ego, Ollie is the Id, Glenn is the Superego.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** Ollie cluelessly wandering into shot during Terri's public apology over the e-mail fracas.
** Hugh's interview with Angela Heaney, interrupted by a furious Malcolm, who takes him outside to assault him with a barely-muted, Atomic Cluster F-Bomb bollocking. Meanwhile in the foreground, Angela and Terri calmly discuss tea and biscuits.
** Jamie is the king of this trope. In [=S1E4=] he's often seen in the background tag-teaming victims with Malcolm, shoving people around (even women), and at one point becomes literally hopping mad. In the first special he entertains us by fellating his pen behind Julius Nicholson's back.
** Emma's brother Affers really is a very slow fucker-offer.
* FunWithAcronyms:
** "He says he wants you at [[{{Whitehall}} Number 10]] ASAFP". As this order came from Malcolm the F probably didn't stand for "feasibly" as Glenn innocently suggests.
** The Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship itself of course: "I've got no fuckin' idea what that means either but it spells 'SAC'."
** [=NOMFuP=]: "N-O-M-F-P. Not My Fucking Problem. I quite like that. Did you like that? I'll use that quite a lot today."
* GambitPileup: ''Spinners and Losers''
* GayBravado: Malcolm. ''Relentlessly'':
-->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' "I'm in Thailand. In a sex spa. About to get a fuckin' facial."
-->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' ''(to Ben Swain, about Dan Miller)'' "We're lovers. Deal with it."
* GeekyAnalogy: Malcolm makes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iHF3TH0WNc possibly the worst one in history]]:
-->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' "What's that film that you love? The one about the fucking hair dresser. The space hair dresser and the cowboy. The guy's... he's got a tinfoil pal and a pedal bin. His father's a robot and he's fuckin' fucked his sister. Lego! They're all made of fucking Lego."
-->'''Ollie:''' [[spoiler: "...Franchise/StarWars?"]]
* GirlyRun: Alpha male Malcolm has one. This will come as no surprise to anyone who has seen ''LocalHero''. So does Fergus.
* GiverOfLameNames: Nicola describing reliable members of the community as "Quiet Bat People". It makes Ollie's suggestion of [[TheWombles "Wombles"]] sound sensible.
* GoKartingWithBowser:
** In ''The Missing [=DoSAC=] Files'', it's revealed that Malcolm occasionally plays tennis with Cal Richards, the Opposition's emergency PR man, and that he's on good terms with Richards' family. Malcolm considers himself and Richards to be "the only sane ones left".
** [[SitcomArchNemesis Deadly enemies]] Peter and Stewart have a friendly bonding moment, watching Fergus give a press conference, and talking about how much they hate him.
* {{Gotterdammerung}}: [=S04E07=], [[spoiler:Malcolm and Stewart Pearson lose their jobs, signalling the end of 'the age of spin', at least with regards their management styles]].
* GranolaGirl:
** Stewart Pearson is a male example. He drinks herbal tea, cycles everywhere in full reflective jacket and safety helmet instead of taking official cars, made Peter Mannion install a wind turbine on his roof, refuses to wear suits or business attire and is probably far too left-wing for the right-wing party he works for:
--->'''Peter Mannion:''' "Oh great, what did Mr Political-Correctness-Gone-Boring have to say?"
** Nicola Murray has shades of this with her dependence on Rescue Remedy and her dubious plan to outlaw plastic toys.
* GroinAttack: When Phil gleefully tells Ollie [[spoiler:Emma has dumped him]] before Emma can break the news herself, Ollie assaults him with a cup of hot coffee to the groin.
--> '''Phil Smith:''' "It's a dark suit and it's only lukewarm, I STILL WIN!"
* HandshakeSubstitute: Adam and Fergus and their brofist hand bumping. [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy It looks absolutely ridiculous.]]
* HauledBeforeASenateSubCommittee:
** Hugh and the Select Committee: "[[ConfusingMultipleNegatives I categorically did not knowingly not tell the truth. Even though unknowingly I might not have done.]]"
** The Goolding Inquiry into the "culture of blame" hauls the entire cast in for investigation.
* HeroOfAnotherStory:
** If Julie Price from [=S3E4=] were in a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Loach Ken Loach]] film, she'd be the hero and main character. Unfortunately for her, she's a character in a Creator/ArmandoIannucci comedy, and is therefore [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom doomed]] to be a minor character.
** Claire Ballentyne MP, who appears to have wandered in from some sort of UK version of TheWestWing, where politicians are clever, caring and responsible.
* HesBack: [[spoiler: Back from being sacked, Malcolm]] strides down the stairs, barking orders and mobilising Number 10. Followed by Sam bringing in a [[BadassInANiceSuit fresh suit]] and beaming with pride at his [[spoiler: pre-election]] [[RousingSpeech pep-talk]] to the staffers.
* HighTurnoverRate: The Minister for Social Affairs (and Citizenship). Terri remarks that she has served under five different ministers, or, as she puts it, "a box-set". She said this in the very first episode. She has now served under eight.
-->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' ''(to Cliff Lawton)'' "You have had a good innings! You have been here for ''eighteen months''!"
* HoistbyHisOwnPetard: For all his terrifying efficiency, Malcolm's schemes have a way of backfiring on him.
* HotScoop: Hot female journalists Angela Heaney (Ollie's ex-girlfriend) and Marianne Swift, who are always looking for a way to screw Malcolm and [=DoSaC=].
* HumiliationConga:
** Ollie has to dance one in the second special, breaking up with his girlfriend and in the process, hilariously admitting he only stayed with her because Malcolm forced him to. He is then forced to make up with her so he can use her to leak a policy (which she sees through right away), before being reduced to the status of "cheese monitor" and mocked for it by Emma and his ArchEnemy Phil.
** Series 4, Episode 5. Nobody is safe from the monumental screwup.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Hugh is one over Flatgate, Nicola is one over... well, everything really.
* HypocriticalHumor:
** Ben Swain: "I ''have'' been interviewed on television before..."
** Malcolm aggressively orders Robyn to ensure the next day's media coverage will make him look "FUCKIN' BENIGN".
** In the party conference episode Malcolm suggests that two people look anorexic, while he's looking [[LeanAndMean thinner than ever]].
** Malcolm on the phone to a journalist: ''That's an incredibly homophobic headline, you massive poof."
** Julius Nicholson on the crime stats enquiry: "I had to come down upon [[spoiler:Steve Fleming]] like a ton of bricks, totally unfairly, just to protect my unimpeachable reputation for fairness!"
** One of Malcolm's [[EvilPlan Evil Plans]] leads to Steve Fleming being photographed discussing the crime stats enquiry with Julius Nicholson. One newspaper runs the photograph with the headline "Give us the bald facts", causing uber-bitch Terri to remark: "Oooh, it's very rude, that. I was always taught not to make personal remarks".
** Terri also calls Emma "a complete bitch" and reckons Phil "might be simple"...
** Adam mocks Phil for being ProudToBeAGeek, but refers Phil and Peter as [[Franchise/HarryPotter "Malfoy and his Dad"]], and to the Government party as [[Franchise/HarryPotter Slytherin]]. (Begging the question, does Adam see himself as a Gryffindor, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff?)
* IAmSpartacus: "It was me. I leaked it." Poor Glenn.
* [[IAmTheTrope I Am The Fucking Trope]]:
-->"''I'' am at the heart of government--I ''am'' the heart of government! I am the fucking aorta, and the fucking ventricles!"
--> "I ''am'' the fucking matrix!"
--> "This man ''is'' the press!"
--> '''Ollie Reeder:''' "Are you out of the loop?"
--> '''Malcolm Tucker:''' "Fuck you [[TheNicknamer Andy Pandy]], I ''am'' the loop..."
* ICallHimMisterHappy: "Remember you and Mrs. Mannion on your doorstep, her never going to touch Little Peter again?"
* IceCreamKoan: "Time is a leash on the dog of ideas." "Knowledge is porridge". Stewart Pearson speaks almost entirely in meaningless PR buzzwords.
--> '''Peter Mannion:''' "Christ, that doesn't even fucking rhyme..."
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB3cQOXQ_50 There's nothing ''you'' know that ''I'' don't know! ]]! I'm ''[[Film/JamesBond Doctor]]'' fuckin' [[Film/JamesBond Know]]!"
--> '''Hugh Abbott:''' "Just tell me, truthfully: Did you send that email?"
--> '''Terri Coverley:''' "No I didn't... and ''you know'' I didn't..."
* {{Improv}}
* ILikeMyXLikeILikeMyY: Home Secretary Mary Drake: "I like mine (tea) weak and white, like my men"
* ImStandingRightHere: "Watch my lips: ''Cal Richards is not here''- Cal!"
-->'''Hugh Abbot:''' "Christ, Malcolm, how do you appear out of nowhere in a building made entirely of glass?"
-->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' "I'm a shapeshifter."
* IncrediblyLamePun: Abbot congratulating Ollie on his (nonexistent) "MALchievellian" tactics.
* InformedDeformity: Geoff Holhurt's tiny head.
* InstantHumiliationJustAddYouTube: An outtake from the party conference episode shows Malcolm dashing away from a [[BritishNewspapers Daily Telegraph]] live podcast. Naturally, it gets put on their website with the headline "Tucker Spurns Our Man On The Ground". Ollie and Nicola gleefully take the piss whilst watching it.
* InvisiblePresident: The Prime Minister in Series 3, Tom Davis, is never seen or heard. His predecessor didn't even have a name. Tom Davis' replacement, who is the leader of the other party, is referred to only as JB.
* InsultBackfire: "Don't you ever, EVER, call me a bully. ''[[UpToEleven I'm so much worse than that]]''."
-->'''Nick Hanway:''' "Fuck you very much you unscrupulous bastard."
-->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' "Scruples? What are they? Those low-fat Kettle Chips?"
* IrrevocableMessage: "I promise that I will never call an eight-year-old girl a cunt again."
* IronLady: OneSceneWonder Mary "Ironblouse" Drake, of the Home Office.
-->"I am here in an ''angry'' capacity."
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne:
-->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' "First, you've got no credentials; you're so backbench you've actually fuckin' fallen off... secondly, I'm going to tell the ''Mirror'' about all the drinking... and thirdly, I'm going to tell the ''Mail'' about the affair... and fourthly, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking you've got a tiny head]]..."
-->'''Geoff Holhurst:''' "No I haven't!"
** From the movie: After being roundly insulted, threatened, and accused of being an american politician's bitch literally and figuratively, the part Malcolm takes exception to? Being called english.
* ItAmusedMe: Part of Ben Swain's "Holy Trinity of Why," as explained to Nicola:
--> I'm bored, it's funny and I hate you.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Mr Tickel's name is apparently pronounced [=TicKELL=], as those who are inclined to feel sorry for him keep reminding us.
* JadeColoredGlasses: Hugh wore them, Malcolm tries to get Nicola to try a pair on, acting as the [[TallDarkAndSnarky Tall, Silver and Snarky]] foil to her [[WideEyedIdealist Wide-eyed Idealist]]:
-->'''Nicola Murray:''' "That's what this is all about for you isn't it? Fighting and fucking ''power''! Does it never occur to you that your poisonous, male obsession with conflict is making people despise politics?"
--> '''Malcolm Tucker:''' "Spare me your fuckin' psycho-fanny!"
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Instead of listing down the many, '''many''' moments Malcolm himself goes round insulting his co-workers, try counting the number of times where he have a conservation ''without'' insulting the person he's speaking to, we'll wait and see.
** Nutter Nick Hanway is a bit of an unlikeable cock--happy to steal Ollie's (actually Malcolm's) ideas and take credit, and gleeful in the possibility that he might replace Malcolm in the next reshuffle.
** Ollie Reeder progressively becomes more and more of a jerk over the course of the series. In Season Four it enters [[FaceHeelTurn face heel turn]] territory.
** Season Four introduces [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Fergus and Adam]]. Glenn considers Adam the most loathsome person he has ever met.
** Jamie Macdonald, Malcolm's [[TheDragon psychotic sidekick.]]
** Ben Swain can also be a jerk, particularly when he's jealous.
** Dan Miller.
* JerkassHasAPoint: "Is that the two billion pounds we keep in the biscuit tin?"
* {{Jittercam}}
* KavorkaMan: Ollie Reeder has managed to seduce both journalist Angela Heaney and Opposition aide Emma Messinger. Nobody knows how.
* KickedUpstairs: "Julius Nicholson. Blue Sky Thinker, ex business guru, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick dog rapist]]".
* LameComeback: Phil is the master of this.
--> '''Adam:''' "When you get your hair done, what is it you ask for? The Disney Prince?"
--> '''Phil:''' "Yeah, well what do you ask for? Wanker?"
* LaserGuidedKarma: Glenn slams a door in Ollie's face, only to have to same done to him by Malcolm moments later.
* LastSecondWordSwap:
** "I'd like to nail him to a tree through the head and watch lice slowly crawl over his body eating off all the flesh in a slow and painful death... but that rather bitter anomaly aside, most of the responses to the Warwick Report press cuttings were pretty positive."
** Malcolm is somewhat less concerned about offending people, and prefers to swap a final word for something ''more'' offensive:
---> "[[UnsportsmanlikeGloating Wake up and smell the]] ''[[UnsportsmanlikeGloating cock!]]''"
---> "Go and make a contribution to Amnesty International! Go and buy a goat the whole village can fuck!"
** Similarly subverted when Nicola complains about John Duggan's ineptitude: "All he's doing is depriving a village somewhere of a twat".
** From Series 4, Episode 2:
---> '''Malcolm:''' "What do you think this is? [[Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy Tinker Tailor Soldier Cunt]]?"
* LaughingMad: Steve Fleming has an annoying habit of breaking into laughter whenever he loses his temper, which happens frequently. It fools no-one.
* LeanAndMean: Malcolm. "He's more like a thin white Mugabe" and he probably ForgetsToEat.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
** In Series 3 we get to see inside Malcolm's house, and find out his DVD collection includes... ''The Thick of It''.
** Malcolm's [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/mar/12/malcolm-tucker-election-briefing take on the state of the election]], with typical Tucker flair, in ''The Guardian''.
* LimitedWardrobe: In Series 3 and TheMovie, all of Malcolm's suits are light grey, and sometimes he'll even pair a grey suit with a grey tie. When we see him in casual clothes we discover that practically every other item of clothing he owns is also grey. This could have been a deliberate attempt to match his wardrobe to his hair colour but the grey is also [[AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance very fitting for a press officer who likes to hide in the background]], never becoming the story.
* MacGuffin:
** "He is not gettin' anywhere ''near'' ma fuckin' pantry..."
** The kerfuffle over the missing immigration data is basically an excuse to show how un-media savvy Nicola is.
** Also Nicola's "Fourth Sector Pathfinders Initiative." Nobody ever finds out what the hell it means.
* MarriedToTheJob:
** Very little about Malcolm's personal life is revealed. This is deliberate: a sub-plot about Malcolm's partner leaving him for journalist Simon Hewitt was cut, and on the DVD commentaries the cast and writers agree that no-one really needs (or wants) to know about his life outside work. He probably doesn't ''have'' one. This is confirmed by Malcolm himself in the last episode of the series, in a haunting yet amazing speech to Ollie.
*** Malcolm wears a wedding ring for most of the run of the series; it's gone by the time he gives evidence to the Goolding Inquiry at the end of Series 4, although it's never referred to. More likely than not, it's Peter Capaldi having forgotten to take his wedding ring off while filming--as has happened in numerous other roles he's played as well. Might be a case of ThrowItIn.
** At the end of Series 3 Episode 7 as Malcolm is returning to his home after 'resigning', there is a small child looking out of the downstairs window. In the last episode of series 4 Malcolm's speech to Ollie includes the words "no kids" so the child at the window evidently wasn't his.
*** Some scenes in Malcolm's office in the same series show that he has what is obviously a small child's artwork taped to the wall. Considering that he refers to himself as having "no children" during his rant to Ollie in the final episode of Series 4, this one's a bit of a puzzler--either he was being metaphorical (since he never sees his kids due to the pressures of his job) or the child in Series 3 is actually a niece/nephew or other relative. (He does mention a young niece he's apparently quite close to in an earlier episode.)
** A piece of wildly implausible but fun-to-believe fanon holds the Malcolm Tucker's previous life was as [[{{Skins}} Sid Jenkins']] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P753ty9G62k pyschotic-but-loving-in-his-own-special-way]] father. [[spoiler: Presumably Hell spat him back out.]]
** Malcolm's opposite number, Stewart Pearson, also has issues with work-life balance: "I'm an extraordinarily precise man, that's why my wife left me."
** Nicola Murray's unseen husband seems to get annoyed about her absence from the home. Her children--especially her daughter Ella--are frequently pawns in the power struggle between her and Malcolm, but we never actually meet any of them.
** Similarly Peter Mannion's unseen wife is annoyed about his work schedule.
** In Phil's mortifying HeroicBSOD in [=S04E05=], he admits he has nothing else in his life but work.
** John Duggan claims the reason his marriage broke up was because his ex-wife was not in politics. "She was a Muggle." It's doubtful Nicola and Helen believe him.
* MassOhCrap: At the end of Series 4 Episode 5, everyone on both sides is ''horrified'' at the announcement of [[spoiler: a full enquiry into the whole culture of leaking]].
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Inevitable really, but Malcolm Tucker/Peter Capaldi is still a pretty extreme example.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: Malcolm's PA, Sam, can be seen among the extras in the background throughout the entire Goolding Inquiry. This may be an indication of how closely Malcolm is monitoring the inquiry itself.
* MenDontCry:
** Played straight with Malcolm. Throughout series three there are several points where he is almost, but not quite, driven to tears. In episode eight an EyeTake reveals his red-rimmed eyes, and we can assume he saved his crying for an off-camera moment.
** [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/clips/p005lmp5/the_thick_of_it_out_of_the_thick_of_it_episode_8/ When asked about that episode]], Creator/ArmandoIannucci said Peter Capaldi played Malcolm "like someone who been crying for two weeks".
* MistakenNationality: One of the insulting posts to Peter's blog is "I don't trust you, you Cypriot crook." Prompting the rather obviously [[ATouchOfClassEthnicityAndReligion upper middle class]] Peter to say [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne "Cypriot??"]]
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Nicola's "self-eating cake" speech.
* TheMovie: ''InTheLoop''.
* MoralityPet: Malcolm's PA, Sam.
* MotiveRant: Season 4, Episode 7 has Ollie [[TookALevelInBadass growing a pair]] and pointing out that Malcolm's methods and attitude are outdated. Malcolm responds by really laying bare what his job has done to him, and how "Malcolm" hardly even exists any more, there is only the job which has sucked him dry.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The events of the party conference episode in series three play out like a SpyDrama, even though it's just Malcolm and Nicola squabbling over who gets to introduce a conference guest.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Malcolm after punching Glenn. Rather than try to joke or bully his way clear, Malcolm seeks Glenn out and profusely apologizes, culminating in a small but effective PetTheDog moment.
* TheNapoleon:
** Cal Richards.
** Jamie is accused of being "a pint-pot Judas" by Malcolm. Jamie retorts with the wholly unconvincing claim that he is [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne actually five-foot-ten]].
* NecessarilyEvil: Malcolm occasionally reminds people that he's working to ensure the Party stays in power, and that the alternative to following his orders would be the Opposition getting in. He tends to do this when he's particularly exasperated, and even then his efforts are usually unappreciated.
* NewEraSpeech:
** Malcolm delivers a RousingSpeech to his assembled minions as [[spoiler:the general election is called]]. Over at Opposition HQ Cal Richards [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElNlIfwlF-w also delivers a speech]], but his is a tad less rousing, and a lot less articulate:
---> '''Malcolm Tucker:''' "Some people, they just fuckin' love to hate. Some people fuckin' walk around the fuckin' Garden of Eden fuckin' moaning about the lack of fuckin' mobile recption! These are the kind of fucks who watched Mandela walk to freedom and said 'Is ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'' not on the other side'?"
---> '''Cal Richards:''' "It will... be... FUCKED!"
** After [[spoiler: Malcolm's sacking]], Steve Fleming delivers what might be the creepiest NewEraSpeech ''ever'' by comparing everyone present to the [[DudeNotFunny Fritzl children emerging from the cellar]].
---> '''Steve Fleming:''' "Right now, you're all emerging from the cellar...pleased that the beatings have stopped...scared of what the future might hold..."
* NewscasterCameo: ''Rise of the Nutters'' uses spliced StockFootage of Jeremy Paxman and ''Newsnight'' for Ben Swain's interview, and in series three Richard Bacon guest-stars as himself hosting a debate between department ministers on [[TheBBC Radio 5 Live]].
* NiceToTheWaiter: Played with.
** The [=MPs=] and their aides suck up to more powerful government figures, media types and anyone else they consider useful, while walking all over the junior staff and civil servants who do all their actual work. By contrast Malcolm and Jamie have nothing but contempt for [=MPs=], civil servants, journalists and rival spin doctors, but are polite to cleaners and secretaries.
** Unlike Stewart, who, in [=S04E03=], actually goes to the effort of insulting a receptionist who'd only interrupted Stewart's frivolous "Yes-And-Ho" game to deliver an urgent message.
** More contrast emerges in the very next episode, in which Malcolm is seen chatting amiably with one of the nurses at the hospital--before bursting in on Ollie and returning to his usual domineering routine.
** In Season 4, Episode 6, Malcolm says that he wouldn't do anything to "real people", those who aren't in politics. [[spoiler:He was lying, of course: he did leak Tickell's medical records and telephone number to the press and, like everybody else, used his death for his own ends.]] Although to Malcolm's mind [[spoiler: Tickell]] lost his "real person" immunity by campaigning against the government.
* TheNicknamer: Malcolm has insulting nicknames for everyone, but makes a particular point of not using Ollie's real name. "Stem Cell", "[=Joe 90=]", "Twatweasel"... but rarely "Ollie".
** Malcolm is the most habitual [[TheNicknamer nicknamer]], but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJMNHu9YM-4 most of the characters are nicknamers to some extent]].
** Nicola got stuck with being called "Glummy Mummy" by Malcolm in Series 3.
** Phil with his outdated 80's hairstyle and shitty personality is the brunt of a lot of nicknames, with varied negative comparisons to James May, Hugh Grant, Rupert Brooke and Captain Mark Phillips from almost everybody.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Many of the characters are thinly-veiled references to RealLife political figures:
** Stewart Pearson appears to be a caricature of [[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/is-there-a-campaign-to-discredit-camerons-favourite-moderniser-1862399.html Steve Hilton]], an advertising exec-turned [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem Tory]] spin doctor and a serial abuser of [[IceCreamKoan meaningless PR buzzwords]].
** His colleague Cal "The Fucker" Richards may have been based on Tory Director of Communications [[http://www.torybear.com/2009/12/who-could-they-mean.html Andy Coulson]], a former ''[[BritishNewspapers News of the World]]'' editor known for his aggressive style and allegations of bullying behaviour.
** Julius Nicholson (now Lord Nicholson) bears similarities to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Mandelson Peter Mandelson]] (now Lord Mandelson) and also to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Birt John Birt]], the "Blue Skies Thinker" to Tony Blair whose meaningless utterances were ridiculed as "Birtspeak".
** Steve Fleming's personality and mannerisms are thought to have been based on Mandelson's to an even greater degree.
** Malcolm Tucker is based on a number of New Labour spin doctors. Creator/AlastairCampbell is the one most often cited, but he is also partly based on UsefulNotes/PeterMandelson and possibly on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damian_McBride Damian "Mad Dog" McBride]]. The last of these has led to some amusing LifeImitatesArt moments: in one episode it emerges that the Opposition's nickname for Malcolm is [[Series/HamishMacbeth Hamish MacDeath]]: the Conservatives gave [=McBride=] the nickname "[=McPoison=]". [=McBride=] was also forced to resign after his plans to set up a blog slandering UsefulNotes/DavidCameron were leaked, some time after the show featured Malcolm Tucker getting into trouble for posting slanderous comments on Peter Mannion's blog.
** Even from the little we hear of them, we can gather that the two [[InvisiblePresident invisible party leaders]] of series 1- 3 resemble their RealLife counterparts.
** Dan Miller is pretty clearly based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Miliband David Miliband]]
** Baroness Sureka seems to have been inspired by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patricia_Scotland,_Baroness_Scotland_of_Asthal Baroness Scotland]]
* NoPartyGiven: We have the government and the opposition. Neither is ever identified by name or policy as being Labour or Conservative. The fourth series also introduces the other party in the coalition, who are pretty obviously based on the Liberal Democrats but never identified as such.
** Hints start emerging during the specials, as Ollie's Opposition girlfriend is referred to as a right-winger and Peter praises the '80s for being a time when his party was in power.
** If not before then, in Season 4's Coalition government is clearly Conservative/Lib Dem, not just because that's what's happening IRL but because of the sorts of blunders the parties make- Nicola is naive and idealistic, wants to ban toys and spends far too much time worrying about sounding prejudiced in any way, which was just what the Labour government seemed to do. Peter Mannion, though altogether trying his best, is vaguely racist, sexist and hates youth, or at least doesn't know how to address these problems of protocol.
---> '''Mannion:''' "I'm modern! I say 'black' instead of 'colored', I think women are a good thing, I have no problem with gays, most of them are very well turned out, especially the men. Why is it this last year I'm being made to feel as if I'm always two steps behind, like I can't program a video or convert everything back to old money? Because that's not me!"
---> '''Phil:''' "You've still got a video?"
** Stewart Pearson also notes how he has worked for ten years to "detoxify" the party by removing racists, homophobes and sexists, a very real concern for a Conservative Party that has been desperately trying to shed its image as a party for casual bigots and only barely succeeding by somewhat ineffectually keeping a lid on its own back bench. Stewart then goes on to say that the whole project was doomed to fail from the start since the whole thing is rotten from the ground up, which (if nothing else) gives a little more insight into how the writers feel about it.
** The fact that Northerner Ollie resents his (ex-)girlfriend Emma's apparent class privilege--even flat-out calling her a "rich bitch" when they break up--and that they deride each other for being stereotypical members of their respective parties makes it pretty clear that he's with Labour, she's Conservative.
*** Also as described above, the characters mostly have counterparts which correspond with the parties they represent in the show.
* NobodyPoops: Averted: a great deal of the political process seems to go on in toilets.
** Taking a dump is Hugh's special treat.
** Jamie does this ''a lot'': "It's, eh, smoking and a fast metabolism."
** Malcolm claims to have done this in TheWhiteHouse.
* NoodleIncident:
** Emma in the Opposition Special: "They're going to elect a man who can count his friends on the fingers of my father's right hand."
** Malcolm on Nicola: "She's a nice lady. Especially when she's drunk." Considering this came from the same episode where he joked about her photocopying her arse, one wonders exactly what has been going on in office parties...
** 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.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: The missing immigration figures in [=S03E02=] is not backed up, [[spoiler: apart from a memory stick at the bottom of Olly's bag.]]
* NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: The Shadow Cabinet meeting of [=S04E02=].
* NotSoDifferent: Malcolm and Stewart's face-off ends with them coming to this conclusion.
* ObsoleteMentor: "I may be needed. I've been needed in the past." Poor Glenn, no-one's wanted his opinion or advice on anything since Series 2. It's now so long ago that Hugh being deeply interested in his opinion practically counts as EarlyInstallmentWeirdness.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Terri, who is a "blockage".
* OfficialCouple: Olly and Emma. Of course, this being ''The Thick of It'', their relationship is ruthlessly exploited by the other characters as soon as it's acknowledged, to the point where by the end they're quite openly admitting that they would have broken up long before "if it had been up to them".
* OhCrap:
** [[EyeTake The look in Malcolm's eyes]] after Steve Fleming asks him "Can I have a quick word? Just five minutes..."
** And again in 4.06 when the Goolding Inquiry reveals that [[spoiler: Malcolm had a file with Mr. Tickell's phone number, NHS details and the unlisted number of his ex-wife, which was then leaked to the media]] in the photo that headlined the 'Quiet Batpeople' fiasco. [[spoiler: It's the first time ''ever'' in the series that Malcolm is completely at a loss for words.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook:
** Ollie is described as looking "about nine" in a newspaper photo by his girlfriend Emma Messinger, and Malcolm constantly makes jokes about his youthful appearance. Chris Addison, the actor who plays Ollie, was actually in his late thirties when filming the series.
---> '''Malcolm:''' "Are you on solids? I thought you were still on the tit."
** This carried over to one of Chris Addison's apearances on ''HaveIGotNewsForYou'', when Creator/TomBaker referred to him as "the boy": "I'm thirty-six! I'm ''thirty-six,'' Tom Baker!"
** Same goes for Phil; Will Smith (no, not ''that'' WillSmith), who plays him, was born the same year as Chris Addison.
* OnlyOneName: Jamie.
** Although he was given a surname - [=MacDonald=] - for InTheLoop.
** Julius calls him "James" in ''Rise of the Nutters'', so apparently Jamie is his nickname.
** Another example is Malcolm's PA, Sam. Her surname is given as "Cassidy" in ''The Missing [=DoSAC=] Files'', but it's debatable how far this is canon. (The same book gives Terri a different middle name than the one stated in the show, for example.)
* OnlySaneMan: Peter Mannion is the Opposition's. The Government doesn't seem to have one; Glen would be the likeliest candidate, but it's far from clear-cut in his case.
* OppositesAttract: Although in this case, it's more "Opposites Go Out To Dig Dirt On Each Other's Parties And Nick Policy Ideas."
* OverusedRunningGag: Defied. The reason "Tucker's Law" was cut is because the writers feared the temptation to turn it into one of these.
* {{Oxbridge}}: Ollie is a graduate of either Oxford or Cambridge. We never find out which one as Jamie only ever refers to his university as "Poxbridge".
* PaintingTheMedium: The Goolding Inquiry is entirely shot at a faster frame rate than the rest of the series, similar to a televised news report.
* PassingNotesInClass: "PLEASE COULD YOU TAKE THIS NOTE, RAM IT UP HIS HAIRY INBOX, AND PIN IT TO HIS FUCKING PROSTATE."
* PetTheDog:
** Malcolm proudly claims during the enquiry that he never attacks "civilians" i.e ordinary people who are outside the political sphere. Even Jaime seems to abide by Malcolm's code, as he is instantly polite and apologetic to a cleaner that he bumps into, seconds after chewing out [=DoSAC=].
** Any scene with Malcolm and his assistant, Sam. [[spoiler:In particular, Malcolm running to her defense when she's crying.]]
** In the book they sign emails to each other as M x and S x.
** Malcolm also has a pet the dog scene with Glenn [[spoiler: at the end of Spinners and Losers. Malcolm is rather nice to Glenn after he's had his mini-breakdown--he tries to make him feel important and included, and backs him up against Ollie.]]
* ThePeterPrinciple: Endemic, but Nicola's elevation to Party Leader may be the standout case. Poor Nicola.
* ThePlan: The way Malcolm ruthlessly takes his job back is definitely one.
* PortmanteauCoupleName: In-universe example: Robyn is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnM1mMACvUs rather distressed]] by the existence of the term "Glebyn."
* PrecisionFStrike:
** Played straight with Julius Nicholson. An infuriatingly polite, formal and chipper man who once demanded that Malcolm tell him "what the F-word is going on", he has to be pushed ''very'' far before he'll swear. This usually requires actual physical violence (as demonstrated on a couple of occasions), though Malcolm's [[EvilPlan Evil Plans]] can also set him off:
---> "You are a naughty bastard..."
** Inverted with Malcolm: [[TranquilFury When he stops swearing]] it's a sign that he's ''really'' angry.
* TheProblemWithPenIsland: Nicola falls victim to a variation when out campaigning for by-election candidate Liam Bentley: when standing in the middle of his poster on TV, the stray letters appeared to spell "I AM BENT".
* ProfessionalButtKisser: Opposition MP Peter Mannion's top aide Phil Smith: "You're such a ''bumlicker'', Phil!"
* ProudToBeAGeek: Phil Smith.
--> '''Ollie Reeder:''' "This inability to talk without using ''LordOfTheRings'' metaphors is one of the very many reasons we could never be friends."
* PsychoticSmirk: Malcolm gets in quite a few, with several in the final episode of Series 3.
* PutOnABus: Hugh Abbot's trip to Australia. Terri pulling the sign off his door in the first episode of series 3 may constitute a BusCrash.
** "Hugh's out!" early in the episode is the most that is ever said of it.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Hugh Abbot left the department because his actor Chris Langham went to prison; see below in RoleEndingMisdemeanor.
* RealMenCook: Malcolm can cook ghee. Ollie can't manage lamb shanks. Make of this what you will...
* RealMenWearPink: At work Malcolm seems assured enough of his own sexuality to be [[GayBravado entirely comfortable flirting with men]], while the scenes in Malcolm's house show him to have pride in his cooking skills and an eye for interior design. He also got rather alarmed at the thought of journalists damaging his hedge. However he gains the most pink points for coming out with the wonderfully fey "DON'T TOUCH THAT SCARF, THAT'S PAUL SMITH!". ''During a fight''. He is also played by a RealLife [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD7Dz_1u2Jo Real Man Who Wears Pink]].
* RealityIsUnrealistic: WordOfGod claims that Whitehall insiders say there's not enough swearing to be realistic.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Malcolm lays a truly vicious one on [[spoiler: Nicola]] after getting her fired in Series 4, where he lets her know just how much contempt he has for her personally and how much he hated having to prop her up. Unusually for Malcolm, he didn't actually shout, which made the pure venom all the more pronounced.
** S4 E7 has various prominent characters resign/get fired from their jobs, giving them the opportunity to really lay into everyone they hate:
** Glenn's speech before the Goolding Inquiry is one against Ollie:
--->'''Glenn Cullen:''' "A leak of this magnitude would require an essential component that Oliver Reeder lacks: a spine."
* RefugeInAudacity: During an inquiry into politicians illegally leaking information to the media, Malcolm is called as a witness and uses the opportunity to blatantly leak information to the investigators and the press to score political points.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: More like Scripted From The Headlines; the show is intended to reflect the current UK political climate.
* RousingSpeech:
** Jamie gives this one to Cliff Lawton:
--->'''Jamie [=McDonald=]:''' "You are not a [[DecoyProtagonist stalking horse!]] [[BlatantLies You are the real thing!]] And we are going to RAM you up Tom's arse so hard that he has to shit out of his lying mouth!"
--->'''[[ButtMonkey Cliff Lawton:]]''' ''{{Beat}}'' "It's not a very nice image really, but, um, [[BlatantLies very motivating.]]"
** Malcolm and The Fucker both deliver Patton-style pep talk speeches to their underlings at the climax of season three. Malcolm's is met with rousing applause and celebration, while The Fucker's ends in silence and gloom. Compare them yourself:
--->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' "I know what people say to you right. They say: "We hate you. I hate you. I hate you. I hate you. Everybody hates you." So fucking what? Some people, they just fucking love to hate. Some people, they'd fucking walk around the fucking Garden of Eden, fucking moaning about the lack of fucking mobile reception! These are the kind of fucks who watched ''Mandela'', fucking ''Nelson Mandela'', walk to freedom... and said "is ''DiagnosisMurder'' not on the other side?" So we fucking forget about them. JB, Cal Richards, and their hordes of fucking robots - they're coming over the hill. And all you have to do now is bend down, pick up any fucking weapon--AND TWAT THE FUCKERY OUT OF THEM! LET'S GET OUT THERE, AND LET'S FUCKING KILL THEM! LET'S SET FIRE TO TEARS! LET'S GO!"

--->'''Cal "The Fucker" Richards:''' "This government's run this country into the ground--this used to be a green, and pleasant land, now... it's the colour of the fucking BBC weather map. It looks like anaemic dogshit. This government is maimed, but it can't be shamed--[[PunctuatedForEmphasis IT. WILL. BE. FUCKED!]] Okay, let's get going...what do I call for an outside line? Is it nine, because that's what it is everywhere else?"
* SadistShow: The show focuses on [[DirtyCoward dirty cowards]] and a near VillainProtagonist. The characters who aren't self-serving and malicious are hideously incompetent, and they all inhabit [[{{Whitehall}} a realm where idealism goes to die]]. Oh, and it's about politics. But we repeat ourselves.
* {{Scandalgate}}: Flatgate, despite Terri pointing out that NottingHill-Gate would be a lot cleverer.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Julius Nicholson:
-->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' "Where do you learn to speak like that? Is there a special school that only you and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Sewell Brian Sewell]] go to?"
* ShipperOnDeck: Ollie tries to do this with Peter Mannion and Terri Coverley. It sucks, hard.
* ShoutOut:
** "The Lair Of The White Worm" is one of Hugh's nicknames for Malcolm's 8.30 briefings. It is also the name of a film Peter Capaldi appeared in long before ''The Thick of It''.
** During a live radio debate the studio receives a text from [[Music/TalkingHeads "Tina from Weymouth"]].
** "He looks like a lego policeman"- Ollie on spin doctor Steve Fleming, played by David Haig of TheThinBlueLine.
** A ShoutOut to ''TheWestWing'' acknowledges the two shows' polar opposite depictions of politics:
--->'''Ollie:''' ''(trying to rewrite an entire speech in an hour)'' "It's The West Wing!"
--->'''Nicola:''' "You're not [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Lyman Josh]], Ollie, just write the fucking speech."
--->'''Ollie:''' ''(muttering)'' "I fucking am Josh..."
** Their shout-out is off, as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Seaborn Sam]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toby_Ziegler Toby]], not Josh, are ''The West Wing'' speechwriters.
** A deleted scene from the Specials reveals Peter Mannion's wife's dowdy appearance has been mocked on HaveIGotNewsForYou. Presumably not in any of the episodes that featured [[CelebrityParadox Rebecca Front, Chris Addison, or Miles Jupp.]]
** In the second episode of series one, Malcolm is testing the appartment's zeitgeist and asks "[[LittleBritain Who's the only gay in the village]]!?"
---> '''Malcolm Tucker:''' "I just keep getting these terrible images flashing in my head, you know, of you being stabbed repeatedly in the face, or of you [[Series/LifeOnMars2006 in a coma]], on a life support machine, dreaming of being a gay policeman in the 1970s..."
** Malcolm again: [[Series/TheProfessionals "Bodie, Doyle, you go round the back!"]] Malcolm seems to be a fan of shows set in TheSeventies.
** One of Stewart Pearson's confuses Peter Mannion:
--->'''Stewart Pearson:''' "[[OnceUponATimeInMexico Are you an Ameri''can'', or an Ameri''can't'', Peter?]]"
--->'''Peter Mannion:''' "...What does that mean? That doesn't mean anything, it's not even a word!"
** The party Fergus belongs to is referred to as ''Series/TheInbetweeners''.
* ShroudedInMyth: Cal Richards. "The Fucker, he comin'. He comin' to your town."
* SilverFox: Malcolm and Adam. Given that Adam says he entered politics for "the pussy", he presumably works it.
* SitcomArchNemesis:
** Peter and Stewart
** Phil and Ollie in the Specials and Series 3, though as of Series 4, Adam seems to be Phil's new worst enemy. (Presumably it's handier for Phil, having his enemy in the office.) Also, when Adam was a journalist, he once decreed to Ollie that he was "going to spend the rest of my life dedicated to persecuting you in the most poisonous vendetta ever known in the British media!" It's like a LoveTriangle for people who hate each other. Which would be a Hate Triangle, presumably.
** Oddly enough, Malcolm doesn't appear to have one, as basically everyone is his enemy. However, he reserves a particular hatred for Steve Fleming, and Fleming for him.
* SlaveToPR: The department, and pretty much the entire Government and Opposition.
* 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.
* SlidingScaleOfShinyVersusGritty: Played with in the contrast between the unglamorous offices of [=DoSAC=] and the modern glass-and-chrome design of Opposition HQ. With all of the characters being [[SlaveToPR slaves to PR]], there is also much debate about how shiny the [=MPs=] are allowed to look in public, under the guidance of the parties' spin doctors:
-->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' "People don't like their politicians to be comfortable. They don't like you having expenses, they don't like you being paid, they'd rather you lived in a fucking cave."
-->'''Stewart Pearson''' "...and a Ted Baker suit. We were going to go for Vivienne Westwood or Paul Smith but it was just too expensive"
* SmallNameBigEgo: Abounds, as this is a show about politics:
** A particularly {{egregious}} example is John Duggan who says:
---> '''John Duggan:''' "I am the busiest man in politics. One of the three main reasons my marriage broke up."
** [[FatIdiot Ben Swain]], who has written a book about "getting ahead in politics" titled "It's The Everything, Stupid". One wonders what on earth he would know on the subject.
** Terri views herself as detached, professional and the [[OnlySaneMan only sane woman]] in the department, and also feels qualified to offer everyone around her relationship advice at the drop of a hat. She is viewed by everyone else as thoroughly annoying and useless but [[UltimateJobSecurity too much trouble to fire]].
--->'''Terri Coverly:''' "I'm just going to take my media hat off..."
--->'''Nicola Murray:''' "I honestly never thought you had one."
** There is also something of a gulf between Ollie's opinion of himself and his abilities and everyone else's opinion of him and his abilities.
** Averted by Malcolm, who actually is [[InsufferableGenius as important and clever as he thinks he is]].
** Cliff Lawton doesn't get a lot of screen time, but it's no doubt an EstablishingCharacterMoment when in the middle of being sacked by Malcolm, he tries to insist Malcolm call him "Minister".
--->'''Malcolm:''' "Get used to Cliff."
* SmokingIsGlamorous: Terri tries and fails to invoke this trope. Unfortunately for her the target of her really inept flirting, the hapless Peter Mannion, completely fails to notice.
* SmugSnake: Julius Nicholson. "I'm the new Che Guevara. I just need a new moustache and some laser correction eye treatment."
** Nick Hanway is a bit ''too'' convinced that Malcolm won't steal his job...
** Steve Fleming, Malcolm's rival with about a millionth of the charm. He would dearly love to overthrow Malcolm but can't help bragging about his various schemes, and his indiscretion is often his downfall.
* SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX: Averted. Hugh admits he doesn't have any black friends, which is something of a PR problem when he is MistakenForRacist.
** Subverted briefly with Ben Swain at the end of ''Spinners And Losers''; he says "one of my best friends is an Asian" but also knows, as does Ollie, that saying that ''makes'' him sound like a racist. Made worse by the fact that the offended person wasn't Asian.
** When Peter Mannion is told to go after "fat cats" he complains that some of his best friends are money-grabbing wankers.
* SpannerInTheWorks: "Do you know what it's like to clean up your own mother's piss?"
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''YesMinister''.
* SpotOfTea:
** Glenn seems spend half his time in Series 4 offering to make tea for people. It doesn't get him any love or respect. Indeed, people use it as an excuse to sidle out of the room when he's not looking. Poor Glenn.
** Making tea seems to be Robyn's entire purpose in life, even though her job title is Senior Press Officer. We find out in [=S4E6=] she is [[TheResenter extremely miffed]] about this.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Malcolm from the Specials onwards. {{Justified}} to a large extent in that he was one of the two original main characters, and since the other one suddenly exited the series off-screen with nothing but a {{Handwave}} (see RoleEndingMisdemeanor on the main page) focus was naturally shifted to him, even if the show was technically re-tooled as more of an ensemble piece following Hugh's departure.
* StalkerWithACrush: Terri to Peter.
--> '''Peter Mannion:''' "Christ, she's actually a bit creepy, it looks as if she's going to launch herself at us at any second."
* TheStarscream:
** Ollie Reeder with his many attempts to enter the "political fuckoffosphere". Actually works, as by the end of the series, he's become this to [[spoiler:Malcolm]].
** By the time ''Spinners And Losers'' rolls around Jamie has become this to Malcolm, blaming him for the events of the first special.
** Dan Miller MP ''is'' this trope. While the "brushed-aluminium cyberprick" never openly admits it, everyone knows he has designs on being the Party leader.
** In Series 4, Malcolm himself also becomes this, as he teams up with Dan Miller against Nicola Murray, now Leader of the Opposition, despite outwardly still supporting her.
** In the third episode of Series 4, Fergus and Adam actively try to undermine Peter Mannion in the wake of [[spoiler:Mr. Tickel's suicide]].
* StayInTheKitchen: "Emma, the men are talking." (Unfortunately for Phil, Stewart actually prefers Emma.)
* StealthInsult:
** "I'm not talking above you. Neither am I talking ''down to you''." Perhaps Malcolm's only foray into GentlemanSnarker territory.
** Another foray: "I know that these are hard times for print journalists, yeah? I mean, I read that on the internet..."
* SurroundedByIdiots: Malcolm is the only character who seems competent at his job. His hapless colleagues never seem to learn that they ignore his advice at their peril, and often leave him to mop up the ensuing hurricanes of piss.
* TakenALevelInBadass: Season 4 has several characters suddenly become much more competent. Emma has risen from being Phil's equal to a level where she can openly bark at Stewart and Peter, and, much to his own surprise, [[spoiler: Ollie]] becomes Malcolm's new [[TheDragon dragon]], and actually snarks back and argues with him.
* TakeThat: The season 3 episode in which Nicola and Peter are interviewed by Richard Bacon contains references to two other Five Live broadcasters, Simon Mayo and MarkKermode. The reference to Kermode is only an off-hand, blink-and-you'll-miss-it comment about his supposedly "massive" hands by Ollie, but it seems to have taken on a memetic life of its own around Kermode.
** The show takes fairly regular potshots at ''Series/TopGear'', especially Phil being disparagingly compared to James May and Malcolm saying Richard Hammond needs a punch in the face. In another episode, Malcolm says that he hates Steve Fleming "as much as James May presumably hates himself."
** Jamie, after Ollie spectacularly fails to find out opposition secrets by wooing Emma, tells him: "You must be the shittest Franchise/JamesBond ever! You're ''David fucking Niven!''"
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Virtually every character seems to think they're the lone isle of sanity [[SurroundedByIdiots in a sea of]] idiots, blowhards and knobheads. This is especially evident with the coalition in Series 4, where it's common knowledge that the two parties hate each other despite their attempts to present a united front:
-->'''Adam:''' "Do you think we could just ''pretend'' to behave like compassionate professions in control? Just for once?"
* TenMinuteRetirement: [[spoiler: Malcolm]] gets a call from Julius Nicholson at the 0:8:20 mark of [=S3E08=]. And then, at 0:9:31, [[spoiler: "Would you be prepared to come back?"]], making this trope almost ''literal'' from the audience's perspective.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry:
-->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' "[[DeathGlare You've made me very, very happy]]."
-->'''Ollie Reeder:''' "[[SarcasmMode Yeah, you look it]]."
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Fergus and Adam.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Glenn and Ollie fulfill this role as secondary aide characters, often appearing together and playing off each other, with an older/younger contrast.
** In season four they are almost directly replaced by Fergus Williams MP and his special advisor Adam Kenyon, who are rarely seen apart from each other.
* TitleOnlyOpening
* TooKinkyToTorture: Malcolm's sweary rants don't work on Nicola... because she actually rather enjoys being on the receiving end of them.
* TruthInTelevision:
** The two specials tied in with Tony Blair's resignation.
** The swearing is apparently authentic: there are several {{Whitehall}} insiders among the crew, including writer Jesse Armstrong and adviser Martin Sixsmith. Armando Iannucci is often approached by {{Whitehall}} staffers who tell him the reality is ''even worse'' than they imagine.
** A Whitehaller approached Rebecca Front after [=S4E02=] and told her "Shad Cab? ''Exactly'' like that."
* {{Tuckerization}}: On the series one DVD commentary the character names are discussed, and it emerges that several of them came from writer Jesse Armstrong's five-a-side football team. These Tuckerizations include... Malcolm Tucker.
* TurnInYourBadge: "Actually I'm gonna need that, that's an official Blackberry..."
* TwoOfYourEarthMinutes: Stewart addressing his staff: "I need your attention for thirty of your Earth seconds!"
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Steve Fleming. Oh yes. Also, The Fucker's brief and unpleasant reign.
* UltimateJobSecurity:
** Jamie. How someone this close to being feral was even allowed into Number 10 is never explained.
** As a member of Her Majesty's Civil Service, Terri is practically unsackable. This is TruthInTelevision: civil servants aren't impossible to sack, but nearly so; troublesome, ineffective or surplus civil servants tend to be KickedUpstairs or persuaded to take voluntary redundancy. This is taken to extremes in the first episode of the fourth series, where she deliberately tries to get herself fires and still manages to keep her job.
--->'''Glenn Cullen:''' "You've got a contract! You're on the [[VietnamWar last chopper out of Saigon]], I'm having it up the arse with Ho Chi Minh!"
** Robyn is pretty useless but her job security will be assured for as long as Glenn is in charge of sacking people.
* UndyingLoyalty: Sam to Malcolm. She stays on as his PA for at least the eight-year run of the show, during which every other professional relationship and alliance portrayed within the series is destroyed completely at least once. This includes her crossing over into opposition with him after his party loses the election and, well, just generally putting up with Malcolm for all that time...
** And seemingly Malcolm back to Sam, as well, based on how he reacted to her crying after his sacking.
* TheUnfettered: Malcolm. He needs to be as his job essentially involves keeping the party in power by any means necessary.
* UnfortunateNames: "[[ElvisPresley Elvis]]... sorry, ''[[ThePoorMansSubstitute Cliff]]''!" Poor Cliff Lawton's parents probably didn't envisage their son going into politics.
* UnresolvedSexualTension:
** Malcolm and Nicola. Actually, [[LauncherOfAThousandShips Malcolm and everyone]]. In every scene.
** Emma and Phil also, with their childish verbal slanging matches they have against each other in almost every episode. The sexual tension is lampshaded by several different characters. Glenn even refers to them as "Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips".
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Everyone. The two primary ministers, Hugh Abbott in Series 1 and Nicola Murray in Series 3, actually tend to be more sympathetic due to them being basically good people broken over time by the political machine.
* UnwittingPawn: Nick Hanway, Steve Fleming... most of Malcolm's enemies in fact.
* VastBureaucracy
* VetinariJobSecurity: Malcolm has worked very hard to put himself in this position, though his grip on things is slipping in series three. However, when he's [[spoiler: fired, we get glimpses of a government without Malcolm: Steve Fleming is creeping around being a creepy creep and scaring everyone, a handful of cabinet ministers revolt and Dan Miller's cabal apparently see it as an opportunity to launch a leadership bid. Needless to say, Malcolm is quickly called back.]]
--> '''Malcolm:''' "I am the heart. I am the ventricles!"
* VillainHasAPoint: "There's no happiness without order" is a Nazi quote, but according to Phil, it "nonetheless stands the test of time."
* TheVillainMakesThePlot: Over the three series Malcolm's enemies have become progressively more powerful, and his conflicts with them have become more interesting as a result. In the first series Malcolm only had to contend with incompetent politicians and civil servants. By the third he had gained a genuinely powerful ArchEnemy.
* VillainousBreakdown:
** "I'M NOT FUCKING WORRIED, MATE! Fuck him-fuck-him-fuck-him-FUCK HIM!"
** "I AM GOING TO JOIN [[TheStarscream DAN MILLER'S]] TEAM, AND WE ARE GOING TO TAKE YOU DOWN! WE ARE GOING TO TAKE YOU DOWN TO FUNKY TOWN! FUNKY TOWN CENTRE, HERE YOU COME! CHOO-FUCKING-CHOO!"
** Episode 3 of Series 4 sees Stewart howl in fury, smash a phone and collapse onto the floor when he finds out about the final disaster in what has been a ''really'' bad day.
** Episode 4.06 sees Malcolm undergoing one [[spoiler: right in the middle of the Inquiry, starting with a rant on how everyone leaks not just in the government but all over the country, then bitterly declaring that everything about the culture of spin and leaking has been 'laid on his doorstep' because of who he is and 'you can't arrest a country'...and saying he's 'finished anyway' before quietly getting up and leaving.]]
* VillainousBSOD: "I USED TO BE THE FUCKIN' PHARAOH!"
* ViolentGlaswegian:
** Malcolm and Jamie epitomise this trope. Malcolm gets called the "Gorbals Goebbels", suggesting he came from a rough part of Glasgow. Jamie is actually from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motherwell Motherwell.]]
** "Just because you two were raised by Scotch wolves." This show proves that threats sound more menacing in [[BritishAccents Glaswegian]]. Ironically, Paul Higgins (who plays Jamie) [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2007/aug/15/edinburghfestival2007.edinburghfestival1 hates this trope.]]
** * VSign:
** Malcolm has a little message for the journalists who follow him home after [[spoiler:his sacking]].
** He has another for Ollie when he fails to answer his phone: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKdsMr-6GrA That's for you]], [[HighSchoolMusical Cack Efron]]."
* VitriolicBestBuds: Ollie and Glenn developed shades of this as of Series 3. Seems to have been genuine in at least one direction; Glenn's excoriation of Ollie's character to the Inquiry after he's stabbed Glenn in the back reveals a sense of utter betrayal.
* WalkAndTalk: Possibly the only thing it ''does'' have in common with TheWestWing.
* {{Wangst}}: In-universe: in "Spinners and Losers", it's a source of some frustration to Jamie that all of Cliff Lawton's attempts at writing a comeback speech to stand as a challenger for party leader seem to degenerate into whining about how Malcolm Tucker gave him the shaft.
-->'''Jamie:''' "Nobody gives a shit if you got shafted by Malcolm."\\
'''Cliff:''' "I will never ''ever'' forgive him for what he did to me."\\
'''Jamie:''' ''(Disgusted)'' "Jesus, this isn't ''{{Eastenders}}'', this is politics! We're all in the same plague pit, Cliff, there's no clean hands!"
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Stewart's never ending stream of PR fluff and political correctness came from an earnest effort to try and remove the sexist, racist and homophobic elements of his party.
* WeWantOurJerkBack:
** Glenn on [[spoiler:Malcolm's sacking]]: "Is this good? I mean, it ''feels'' good, but are you sure it's good?". The situation sends Nicola into a state of AntagonistInMourning.
** In one episode we see Malcolm wearing a snuggly fleece, smiling at the [=DoSAC=] staff and making tea for everyone. Somehow the new "[[NotHimself Nice Malcolm]]" is even more frightening than "[=YesterMalcolm=]".
** Peter Mannion openly hates Stewart Pearson, but even he's not sure about The Fucker replacing him - or as Stewart tells him: "BetterTheDevilYouKnow, eh?"
* WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture: Not if Olly has anything to do with it, though. "Don't say [=ShadCab=]... it's like saying [=SpagBol=]."
* WhamEpisode:
** Series 3, Episode 7. The last few scenes drop a DramaBomb.
** Series 4, Episode 6. With a WhamLine just before the closing credits, to boot.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Jamie just sort of [[PutOnABus vanishes]] after the specials. After [[spoiler:siding against Malcolm in the leadership contest, though, one imagines he no longer has a job.]]
* {{Whitehall}}
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Malcolm and Nicola. They never will. And it is wonderful.
--> "Malcolm... if you could just come to the toilet with me..."
* WithFriendsLikeThese: "Inclusion is not an illusion..." Again, poor Glenn.
* {{Workaholic}}:
** Much is made of Hugh never really seeing his family. This is TruthInTelevision, as many politicians spend most of their time at {{Whitehall}} and don't spend a lot of time with their families:
--->"Lots of love via Glenn, and nighty-night."
** Series 3 sees Malcolm take his first holiday in ten years. He spends it in his house with a bunch of journalists:
--->'''Glenn Cullen:''' "Malcolm doesn't take holidays, he has to keep moving or he dies--he's like a shark or BobDylan."
---> '''Malcolm Tucker:''' "Lying on your back getting fed nutrients through a tube? That's my idea of a fuckin' holiday."
* WorkCom: Virtually the entire show occurs within the confines of Whitehall. We never see Hugh's wife and kids, or see Malcolm and Jamie at the pub, for example. We do get to see Ollie with his girlfriend at her flat, but only because she works for the Opposition.
* WorldOfSnark
* WouldntHitAGirl: Malcolm claims he wouldn't hit a woman. Of course, this doesn't stop him from [[spoiler:punching Glenn]].
* WrongInsultOffence:
-->'''Olly Reader:''' "Malcolm, you're bullying me..."
-->'''Malcolm Tucker:''' "How dare you! How dare you! Don't you ever, ever call me a bully... ''I'm so much worse than that.''"
* TheXOfY: ''Rise of the Nutters''.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: Emma wonders why people leaving hate mail on Peter's blog spell "hate" as "h8". [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "If you're going to leave a message, at least spell it correctly."]]
* YankTheDogsChain: ButtMonkey Peter Mannion does an emphatically decent thing by refusing to use Nicola's daughter's school troubles to his side's advantage. As he maintains to Stewart that they'll conduct themselves honourably, Malcolm is over at Number 10 convincing Nicola that there's no such thing as honour, which culminates in Nicola calling Mannion to tell him that nothing in his personal life is off-limits. Cue gloating from Stewart. Poor Peter.
** Glenn's intention to stand for election, scoped and dropped by Nicola's latest PR disaster.
* YouKnowImBlackRight: When Ollie suggests "making special needs kids clean up graffiti" as a policy idea, Hugh tries to make him feel some remorse, wrongly assuming that a complete prick like Ollie may be capable of feeling any:
--> '''Hugh Abbott:''' "You just took a shit with your clothes on Ollie--Glenn's boy, Peter, he went to a special needs school."
--> '''Ollie Reeder:''' "Oh... ({{beat}}) Glenn's ''had sex''?"
* YourCheatingHeart:
** 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..." "''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.
* 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?"
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->''"Fuckity bye!"''