The Thick of It
The Thick of It was fuelled by my anger at the Iraq war – and the way it left truth for dead | Armando Iannucci
Tony Blair’s terrible decision inspired my tale of stupidity in the corridors of power – with a howl of frustration among the one-liners, says film and TV writer Armando Iannucci
18, Mar, 2023 @7:00 AM
Strictly delights and Mrs Brown’s Boys divides: 100 years of the BBC, part nine
Amid the horrific ‘sexed up’ scandal, the corporation scores big hits with Strictly, Bake Off and The Thick of It, a foul-mouthed widow causes a crisis – and the Queen’s favourite show comes to light
06, Oct, 2022 @2:00 PM
From The Office to Ten Percent: why some remakes soar (and others suck)
Adapting TV shows for new countries is a multi-billion dollar business. But, as the team behind the US version of This Country found out, it’s no easy ride …
27, Apr, 2022 @3:16 PM
Peter Capaldi: ‘Don’t worry, I don’t suddenly think I’m a rock star’
The actor on political corruption, the genius of Terence Davies and making a solo album in his 60s
14, Nov, 2021 @9:30 AM
From ‘love circle’ to ‘technical oversight’: is it satire or Icac?
Can you tell a political comedy from actual #AusPol? Put yourself to the test by guessing where these quotes came from
Andrew P Street
05, Nov, 2021 @7:00 PM
Succession returns: how did a nice lad from Oswestry make such a nasty TV show?
As the British writer’s tale of a media family’s power struggle returns to TV, we chart his path from Peep Show to global award-winning fame
02, Oct, 2021 @6:00 PM
Joanna Scanlan: ‘People do seem to ask me to take my clothes off all the time’
Loved for her biting comedy roles, the actor is enjoying a late-blooming career. She talks about playing a convert to Islam in After Love, and her TV series about women’s sex lives during lockdown
16, May, 2021 @8:00 AM
'You’re toxic!' Can TV shows survive when their star becomes a scandal?
From Jeffrey Tambor to Joss Whedon, high-profile accusations of improper behaviour are a minefield for TV makers – especially if the A-listers go rogue
12, May, 2021 @12:29 PM
The 100 best TV shows of the 21st century
Where’s Mad Men? How did The Sopranos do? Does The Crown triumph? Can anyone remember Lost? And will Downton Abbey even figure? Find out here – and have your say
Kate Abbott, Hannah J Davies, Gwilym Mumford, Phil Harrison and Jack Seale
16, Sep, 2019 @5:00 AM
'Brexit TV': is it too soon to make great drama out of the EU referendum?
The most divisive topic of recent British history is being adapted for the small screen – but the best political TV often comes years after the event
21, May, 2018 @6:00 AM
The Sopranos to Blackadder – what are the definitive series of the best TV shows?
Why is Mad Men’s second season the most important, how come Buffy’s fourth outing was its best? We asked our critics to define TV’s best seasons
Mark Lawson, Gwilym Mumford, Rebecca Nicholson, Lanre Bakare, Paul Owen, Emine Saner, Will Dean, Sarah Hughes, Paul MacInnes, Leah Harper, Stuart Heritage and Jake Nevins
17, Jan, 2018 @6:00 AM
Armando Iannucci: ‘I was saved from being a reject by comedy’
The king of satire, back with a new film about Soviet-era Russia after Stalin’s death, talks about being uncool, Veep – and building a spaceship in London
15, Oct, 2017 @8:30 AM
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