Last night BBC 2 aired the first new episode of The Thick of It in nearly three years. If you like politics, and if you're reading this blog you presumably do, then this is cause for rejoicing. If you've seen any of the previous series of The Thick of It then you already know this. If you haven't seen the show, stop reading and go watch it now.
Seriously. You will thank me later.
Unfortunately, it's not clear when the new series will air in the U.S. Far be it from me to endorse piracy, but if one were so inclined, new episodes of The Thick of It may be worth the extra time in Purgatory.
I enjoyed creator Armando Iannucci's Americanized version, HBO's Veep, but not nearly as much as The Thick of It. I think what Veep lacked, and what makes The Thick of It so great, is Peter Capaldi's menacing, epically vulgar Malcolm Tucker character. I thought the final episode of Veep was the funniest by far, in no small part due to Dan Bakkedahl's Tucker-like Roger Furlong.
When Todd Akin revealed his Captain Science alter-ego, it occurred to me that the GOP could really use a Malcolm Tucker, who really knows how to explain to somebody that they are resigning, right now:
Even if you don't especially like politics, the sheer creativity of Capaldi's swearing is a wonder to behold. I just can't recommend this show strongly enough.