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Phil is going to make one of his naff geek references to Game of ThronesPhil is already a massive embarrassment to the geek community, so doubt he's going to keep mortifying us. It's probably going to involve casting himself as Robb Stark and Malcolm as Gregor Clegane. Even though it's obvious that he's Theon Greyjoy and Malcolm is Jaime Lannister.
Malcolm sent Cliff Lawton flowers and a note telling him he was a "fucking waste of skin" after the events of S01E01.That's how Malcolm farewells everyone he has sacked.
Cliff Lawton actually does like to stuff a cat up his arse and have a wank.He has the air of a repressed conservative, and we all know the sorts of things they get up to in their time off. And he mentions it as an example of 'personal reasons' to resign very quickly.
The other versions of the characters appearing in In the Loop (Toby\Ollie, Michael\Glenn, Roz\Terri, Suzy\Emma, Jonathan\Julius) are alter egos that exist in EVERY government department.
The actors who double up roles in the series and film...... do so because both take place from Malcolm's point of view, and he sees most of the people around him as basically interchangeable, or at least variations on a few basic archetypes, which explains why the film characters act very similarly (while not being exactly the same) as their TV counterparts. The exceptions are characters like Sam and Jamie, whom he actually likes and/or respects enough to regard on a personal and individuated level, and indeed the actors who play them appear in the film as the same characters they play in the series.
Malcolm is a chameleon-arched DoctorThus the reason he looks like the Twelfth Doctor.
Malcolm is Mycroft's best friendBecause that's much more terrifying than them being enemies...
In the ThickVerse, Yes, Minister is called The Thick Of ItThat's why Malcolm has a DVD called The Thick Of It on the shelf in his living room. He watches it to get tips from Sir Humphrey Appleby.