The Thick of It: ‘safe and acceptable’ shock

The Thick of It, that supposed satire of Westminster life, has returned to BBC2 for one last season.

It is something I’ll be discussing in my forthcoming book for Bloomsbury,  A State of Play. British Politics on the Screen, Stage and Page since Trollope and is also one of the television fictions I analyse in a forthcoming article  ‘New Labour, “sleaze” and television drama’ in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations – which is cited in this article by Nick Cohen about The Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci.

Here however is my assessment of the series so far for the Guardian’s Comment is Free and its relationship with ‘real’ British politics.

Steven Fielding

 

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