Verbal disembowelment and spin king, Malcolm Tucker, returned this week to the BBC’s The Thick Of It.
“Don’t send Ben to the backbenches. He’ll just w*** and eat Pringles. Leather seats are just an invitation to men like him.”
The show satires the supporting caste in UK politics of spin doctors, agents, whips, journalists and Whitehall staff.
After previous seasons spent pulling the strings of the ruling party with Machiavellian ingenuity and colourful verbal abuse, he is now reduced to aiding the opposition.
The second episode delivers what people have came to expect from the series. Brutal wit and PR gaffes via a six foot tall pork chop.
Commentators have knocked the programme for not changing from previous seasons, but neither has politics. The Thick of It is to the 21st century as Spitting Image was to the ‘80s. It is a constant source of annoyance for its targets and much needed gallows humour for the rest of us.
The third episode of the season continues this Saturday on September 22, BBC Two at 9:55pm.
By Jack Courtez