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Trivia: The Thick of It
  • Actor Allusion: Malcolm's office is referred to as "The Lair of the White Worm" in Series 1. Bram Stoker's lesser known horror novel, The Lair of the White Worm, received a loose modern-day adaptation in 1988 and starred—yep, you guessed it —Peter Capaldi.
    • Terri is referred to as "Nurse Ratched" by Fergus and Adam at one point. Joanna Scanlan played a Nurse Ratched Expy in an episode of Spaced which contained a Whole Plot Reference to One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.
    • Obviously not deliberate, but since Peter Capaldi was cast as the Twelfth Doctor, it's become extremely retroactively funny how often Malcolm's rants involve time travel and other science fiction tropes.
      • Even more coincidentally, in one of the DVD commentaries, the cast jokes about Capaldi someday being cast as the next Doctor.
  • Enforced Method Acting: For the enquiry episode, the cast were given no rehearsal or preparation before filming. Furthermore, there were no opportunities for the actors to talk to one another between re-shoots, and were kept separate from the "witnesses", like an actual enquiry.
  • Foreign Remake: In 2006, ABC ordered a pilot for an American version of The Thick of It starring Oliver Platt. By most accounts it was terrible and consequently was never picked up. Veep fared much better, though it's more of a Spiritual Successor than direct remake.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: The Thick of It has a surprisingly high "It's that guy!" factor.
  • Life Imitates Art: Scarily often in UK politics.
  • Periphery Demographic: Thanks to the Hey, It's That Guy! effect. Peter Capaldi plays the Doctor on TV in Doctor Who, and Alex Macqueen plays the Master on audio in Big Finish Doctor Who. Since Doctor/Master is the most popular Doctor Who slash pairing, a lot of Doctor Who slash fans have turned to The Thick of It to see both men getting all up in each other's faces.
  • Role Ending Misdemeanor: In 2005 Chris Langham was charged with downloading child pornography. Rather than make a full second series without him, the producers made two hour-long specials for which they put him on a bus, leaving the door open for him to return if he was found not guilty. He was found guilty at his 2007 trial and served 15 weeks in prison, and his character Hugh Abbott disappeared from the show never to return.
  • Shout-Out / Take That: 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 Mark Kermode. 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 Top Gear, 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 James Bond ever! You're David fucking Niven!"

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