YMMV: The Thick of It
- Crowning Moment of Awesome: An unusually high number for a strait-laced political satire. There are so many that the show now has its own section.
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Since the people in the show, up to and including Malcolm himself, have a tendency to be jerks, it can be hard to care for them.
- Ensemble Darkhorse:
- Jamie. It's hard to believe he only appeared in three episodes.
- The cover of the new TTOI book The Missing DoSAC Files includes the line "Attn of: Jamie MacDonald". It's hard to quantify just how loved Jamie is.
- Glenn and Peter Mannion get a lot of love from the fandom as well, mainly for the later seasons.
- Escapist Character: As unsympathetic as he may be, Malcolm derives a lot of his popularity from this. Most of us wouldn't want to work with him, but anyone who's ever worked a low-paying or unrewarding job with unlikeable coworkers has probably wanted to be him at some point. He's feared, respected, impeccably witty, brutally honest, smart enough to know that he's usually always right, and so valuable to his bosses that he knows they'd never dare get rid of him. He's an asshole, but he's the kind of asshole that we all wish we could be.
- Evil Is Sexy: Just trust us on this one, guys.
- Foe Yay:
Jamie: "You couldn't organise a bumrape in a barracks."Malcolm Tucker: "Au contraire..."
- This abounds, largely because of Malcolm's tactic of unnerving male characters by flirting with them:
- "You know Julius, if I wasn't a heterosexual man, I would kiss you."
- That onion bhaji didn't solely represent the 'problems' caused by Nicholson's upcoming report. Julius becomes positively lascivious when Malcolm is about.
- ...and in turn Malcolm tends to get physical with him: "Put your hand on mine! Try and open the door..."
- At home Nicola Murray struggles with a failing marriage to a husband who doesn't pay her much attention and never seems proud of her. At work there's a man who takes a great interest in everything she does and gives her his undivided attention... alright, it may be Malcolm but you can't really blame her for developing a crush. Most of their interaction involves Will They or Won't They?.
- The sexual tension between Emma and Phil is even Lampshaded by Peter Mannion.
- Emma on Adam and Phil: "What's going on? Have you two just kissed?" Maybe she's jealous...
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
- "I look like a disgraced geography teacher..."
- Hugh's comment to Olly about not "clicking" with the PM's wife (his assertion that she'd say "he's a social spastic and very probably a registered nonce") combines this with a good measure of Hilarious in Hindsight for those of us with particularly dark senses of humour, as Langham was later convicted of downloading child pornography. This indeed adds a painful note to any reference to public scandal or disgrace in the series, and there are plenty.
- "You made up small children! That's sick!"
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- In Episode 3.1, following the "I AM BENT" incident, the staff brainstorm words that politicians shouldn't stand in front of, starting with anything containing the word "cock". A few years later, David Cameron did this.
- Olly's on-the-hoof suggestion of announcing a spare bedroom database in S1E1 is not so far from a recent policy put forward by the government that would result in a cut in benefits to people who have spare bedrooms in social housing.
- Cuts to government funding for school lunches were floated shortly after S4E2 aired.
- The fact Peter Capaldi is now the 12th Doctor instantly has rendered large parts of the series into this. The "We've fucking time-traveled, yes?" speech likely being first and foremost, but also:
- Nicola's offhand Doctor Who remark followed immediately by Malcolm looking uncharacteristically chipper! (Capaldi has been a fan of the show since childhood.)
- The Missing DoSAC Files contains a letter from a TV exec pitching a Malcolm Tucker-led chat show where he interviews various interesting people. The photoshop depicts Malcolm interviewing a Dalek! (Gets even better when you see what happens in the episodes in which the Twelfth Doctor encounters them...)
- Malcolm's dismissive summing up of the Star Wars films in 4.2 notes that the characters are all made of LEGOs. Guess which Doctor is the focus of the Doctor Who-based material in LEGO Dimensions?
- Ho Yay:
- Malcolm and Jamie. "You and I will have a little discussion later."
- Malcolm seems to love shoving Olly up against walls. And once on top of a lavatory sink.
- "I won't make a blow-job joke if you won't."
- In a deleted scene, he threatens to Olly, "I'll fucking plant a palm tree in your neck, and I'll fuck you fucking tenderly in its shade".
- Malcolm's at his most blatant with Dan Miller: "You're irresistable, you know that, don't you? Talk to you later, Bad Apple..."
- Apparently there is enough between Olly and Dan Miller to be noted by Glenn:
Glenn: "Are they..."Hugh: "An item? He made a pretty good job of, uh, made a pretty good job of shagging Angela Heaney."Glenn: "He could be bisexual. A lot of them are, you know."Hugh: "Hm. It's just interesting seeing the dynamics play within... within the staff."
- Jerkass Woobie: By Series 3 Malcolm has become something of this status, though he'd probably resent being referred to as such — he likes to think of himself more as a thin, white Mugabe.
- Magnificent Bastard: Malcolm Tucker, whose in-universe reputation precedes him. The Prime Minister's Director Of Communications is aggressive, foul-mouthed, unscrupulous and manipulative, but the most frightening thing about him is his charm. He constantly abuses it to get away with All Of The Above. Xanatos Speed Chess is his job, and the second special is a long game of it which he wins, naturally. He becomes more worn down by Series 4.
Olly Reeder: "He's impressive, Malcolm, in an evil way."
Hugh Abbott: "That was quite Tuckeresque, really very Malciavellian"
- Memetic Mutation: "Omnishambles" was named the Oxford English Dictionary's Word of the Year for 2012.
- Fuckity Bye.
- Misaimed Fandom: The show's cast and crew aren't necessarily flattered by its popularity with British politicians, especially those who've adopted it as something of a how-to guide. Will Smith (Phil) professed to be baffled when actual MPs started using the phrase "omnishambles" in Parliamentary debate.
- Moral Event Horizon:
- "Olly, we need you to fuck Hugh for us."
- Subverted. Olly goes through with it, but does it so that most of the bad press is focused on Glenn's behaviour rather than Hugh's.
- Malcolm was always a cruel and nasty man, (particularly in the movie), but his cruelest moment of all time may well be in the final season, where, after manipulating Glenn in his plot to destroy Nicola, he turns him out when he is trying to come back.
- Narm Charm:
- Never Live It Down: Malcolm finds out from Jamie about the "experimental ponytail, the eyeliner, blouson, Sobranie Cocktails, and jazz".
- No Yay:
- "I'll box his ears..." Glenn and Robyn. Or Glenn and Nicola. Or Glenn and anyone...
- Nicola's squicked face whenever Steve Fleming hugs her is positively DO NOT WANT.
- Shipping: Malcolm and Sam. Inverted with Olly—the audience feels like screaming at Emma and Angela to stay away from him.
- It is, however, worth noting that Emma was at least somewhat abusive to him.
- One Episode Wonder: Cal "The Fucker" Richards.
- Ship Sinking: Many people enjoyed the Will They or Won't They? Foe Yay between Malcolm and Nicola in Series 3, but in Series 4 Malcolm deposes Nicola as party leader, and then gives such a vicious "The Reason You Suck" Speech (which he delivers calmly and spitefully rather than loudly and angrily,) that we can safely assume that any love/hate dynamic between them is now just pure hate.
- Stop Helping Me!: In retrospect, Malcolm's idea of turning Duggan's scrotum into a muppet and using it as the party mouthpiece would have worked a whole lot better than allowing Duggan to continue helping them, if only because the muppet might be able to function more effectively.
- Tear Jerker: Malcolm's speech to Ollie in the final episode about how his job has destroyed any chance of him having a personal life.
Malcolm: "I'm as dead as fucking two-tone. But I can fashion my own exit."Ollie: "What, you're gonna fly yourself to Switzerland and have a wank off a nurse and a bye-bye pill are you?"Malcolm: "Funny, funny man. Political exit. I'm going to leave the stage with my head held high. What you are going to see is a masterclass in fucking dignity, son. The audience will be on their feet. "There he goes," they'll say. "No friends, no real friends, no children, no glory, no memoirs." Well, fuck them."