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The Thick Of It


Did this fantastic BBC show ever develop a US following? Months after watching the first three episodes, I finally caught the second trio last night. The show--about the foibles of a hapless UK government minister and the various flunkies, operatives and media hacks in his orbit--is utterly brilliant. Anyone who's made a living in politics or political media will appreciate its dead-on details and pitch-perfect ear for the absurdity and black cynicism that pervades the business. (This is what "The West Wing" should be like.) And while I've never seen Rahm Emanuel operate behind closed doors, everything I know tells me it's much like watching the hilariously wicked Malcolm Tucker in action.

If this show is airing on any channel you get, by all means watch it --and then clamor for more.

--Michael Crowley

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