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One of the consequences of the coalition Government has been some hasty casting for the next series of The Thick of It.

We’d already been introduced to the Shadow Minister Peter Mannion in the 2007 Specials and his team, and saw more of them in Series three earlier this year, with the opposition sensing they were on the edge of victory and poor Malcolm Tucker the Government spin doctor on the verge of a nervous breakdown. However, as creator Armando Iannucci has admitted there was no reference to the third party and therefore some hasty casting has been done.

I expect from intra-Department tension will spring from the Secretary and Minister of State being from separate parties with different ethos and ideas. After all there is nothing like a bit of tension to spark off comedy. Good for comedy no doubt would be to have someone the anti-thesis of Mannion who may even have the senior role in Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship especially if they are tasked with a referendum on voting reform possibly within the remit.

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