Creator Armando Iannucci left a cryptic tweet this morning; âI’ll tell you why I’ve been quieter then usual on Twitter in a wee bit…â?, followed by; âI’m delirious to say that yesterday we finished filming all 7 episodes of the new series of the The Thick Of It.â?
Its been a busy period for Iannucci, with his White House based comedy Veep beginning it’s run in America last month. Veep is set to air in the UK next month on Sky Atlantic, meaning that those that can’t wait to get their fix of political profanity don’t have to hold on until autumn.
Whilst previous The Thick Of It seasons have been set in a Labour controlled government, it seems obvious that the latest season will put a greater emphasis on the Conservative characters, as well as presumably introducing characters from the Liberal Democrat Party. With Peter Calpaldi’s character Malcolm Tucker being relegated to the opposition, it will be interesting to see whether he retains his role as the arguable âfaceâ? of the programme.
Luckily, it may be an opportunity to see more of the Conservative Comms Director, the âNew Mediaâ? Stewart Pearson, demon spawn of the Public Relations industry, played with finesse by Vincent Franklin.
A coalition government grappling with an economic downturn, cuts to services, and of course, the Levenson inquiry should provide sufficient comedic fodder for Iannucci and his team, which includes Peep Show and Fresh Meat writer Jesse Armstrong.