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Twelfth Doctor 101

It has now been one week since the identity of the Twelfth Doctor was released. Has it really only been a week? I guess a week is a long time on Tumblr. In any case, we now know that Peter Capaldi will be playing the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor on the BBC’s long-running sci-fi […]

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Retro Recap: “The Thick of It,” Episode 3.08

We have now reached my final recap of The Thick of It. Since I’ve already recapped the fourth season when it was actually airing last fall, this is the final episode that needs to be recapped. As you might imagine, episode 8 of season 3 is rather emotionally charged because of what occurred in the […]

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Retro Recap: “The Thick of It,” Episode 3.07

Well, folks, here we are. This is the episode that contains a humongous climax moment of The Thick of It. If you haven’t watched it yet and don’t want spoilers, I would suggest clicking away from this recap. I think that this episode shocks everyone who watches it for the first time because it’s not […]

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Retro Recap: The Thick of It, Episode 3.06

In the sixth episode of Season Three, we see several definite signs that the regime that’s been in power all throughout the series is coming to an end. People in the DoSAC office are talking candidly about “the end,” the PM’s popularity is flagging, and Malcolm finds himself in a bit of trouble when he […]

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Retro Recap: The Thick of It, Episode 3.05

Welcome to another recap of The Thick of It. In the fifth episode of season three, Nicola Murray finds herself on BBC Radio’s “Five Live” program alongside her opposite number, Peter Mannion. Radio host Richard Bacon, played by himself, facilitates the “debate” that quickly turns to politics as usual, mudslinging, and spreading the blame around. […]

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Retro Recap: “The Thick of It,” Episode 3.04

Welcome back to my weekly recaps of The Thick of It! After a short holiday hiatus, I’m back to writing up my favorite British political satire this show. In the episode we’re recapping this week, some new themes are explored that haven’t really been touched upon before. Nicola Murray is, after all, as much a […]

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Retro Recap: “The Thick of It,” Episode 3.03

We are now three episodes into the third season of The Thick of It and I think this is the episode where we begin to see Malcolm’s downfall. It will take the rest of the season for him to reach rock bottom, but I believe this is the first step toward the explosive event that […]

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Retro Recap: “The Thick of It,” Episode 3.02

If Nicola Murray thought that dealing with Malcolm’s baptism of fire was rough, I’d like to warn her that it was only the beginning. With the new minister installed at her post and the department no longer in upheaval, the time is right for another crisis! And what a crisis it is – a large amount […]

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Retro Recap: “The Thick of It,” 3.01

We’ve gone through the Hugh Abbott years, we’ve made it through the scramble for a new leader, and here we are at the third series of The Thick of It. In these episodes there is a new Prime Minister, a new lead character – Nicola Murray – and Malcolm is still in power. There is also a […]

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Retro Recap: The Thick of It, “Spinners and Losers – Part Two”

Today we focus on the second part of the second special of The Thick of It. If you remember, the first special, "The Rise of the Nutters," showed the climate surrounding Government as the Prime Minister was preparing to resign. Everyone seemed to want to know when he was departing so they could make peace […]

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Retro Recap: The Thick of It, “Spinners and Losers – Part One”

Here we are at the second of The Thick of It’s two hour-long special episodes, titled “Spinners and Losers.” If you’ll remember, “The Rise of the Nutters” depicted the rush around Whitehall to garner favor with the new group of rising politicians, the supporters of Tom Davis who were known as “Nutters.” As that special ended, […]

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Retro Recap: The Thick of It, “The Rise of the Nutters — Part Two”

As you may remember, last week’s recap took on the first half of “The Rise of the Nutters,” an hour-long special episode of The Thick of It. This week we return to that episode to see how Malcolm is faring with positioning himself for the change of government, how Ollie is faring with his girlfriend, […]

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Retro Recap: The Thick of It, “The Rise of the Nutters”

Now that The Thick of It has wrapped up its final new episodes, this recap column will turn back to its retro episodes once again. The last time I covered retro episodes, it was the end of season two, which saw Hugh’s department in a new building and Hugh dealing with a lot of cock-ups […]

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New Show Recap: “The Thick of It,” 4.07

Here we are at the end of The Thick of It, the final episode that will ever include this dysfunctional band of politicians and civil servants. Much has been written about this final episode, including a lovely blog post by Chris Addison, who plays Ollie Reeder in the show. This show has meant a lot […]

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New Show Recap: “The Thick of It,” Episode 4.06

The Thick of It is a comedy, right? Not this week, as all of our favorite, bumbling characters come before the Goolding Inquiry to answer questions regarding the culture of leaking information. For this special one-hour episode, it seemed the show turned into a gripping drama that threatened to send the characters’ world into a […]