The third season of the hilarious sitcom The Thick of It premiers Saturday night at midnight on BBC America:
If you’re into classy idealistic portrayals of politics like “The West Wing,” you may be surprised by BBC America’s third season of “The Thick of It,” which is the exact opposite in bureaucratic entertainment. BBC Four’s Award winning show is a no-holds-barred, satirical romp exploring the inner debacles of British government. It’s “so funny it hurts, so savage it’s scary” popularity spawned the 2009 spin-off film “In the Loop,” which also covers civil servants and their constant battle with the British media circus.
The creative team behind The Thick of It are also behind the new HBO series Veep.
I was very happy to learn that the upcoming HBO series Veep is co-written by Armando Iannucci and Simon Blackwell and directed by Iannucci. What, you don’t know Blackwell and Iannucci?! They were also responsible for the hilarious TV series Thick of It and film version In the Loop.
There’s been a bit of a trend over the last decade of short-run British TV mini-series being turned into feature films. One of the early of these British mini-series to be turned to feature film was the six episode series Traffik (1989) that was adapted as the film Traffic (2000).
Traffik presents a global heroin trade that starts in places like Pakistan, winds its way up through Europe and finally ends in the streets of Great Britain.