Rebecca Front stars as hapless MP Nicola Murray in the hit
British comedy series The Thick of It. Photo supplied.
The award-winning show The Thick of It
, a biting
satire of the inner workings of modern British government, has
been given a twist, the new season mirroring the changes seen
in British politics in the three years since the last season
This means the old faces of the feared director of
communications Malcolm Tucker and the hapless MP Nicola
Murray have been confined to the opposition, episodes
alternating between following them and their party struggling
to regain power and the stuttering efforts of a new coalition
For Rebecca Front, who plays Murray, this meant becoming the
unlikely leader of the opposition - a role which her
character struggles with every bit as much as being social
affairs and citizenship secretary.
Front said she was "delighted just to be in the series".
"It's great [the show's creator] Armando Iannucci has chosen
to do the whole political spectrum this time and that's
unusual - we have never done that before."
"Despite this change, viewers could expect more of the same
"I think it's quite similar to previous series in that there
are lots of people who are given far too much power and are
basically quite inept and they are all getting shouted out
and falling over each other."
This, she had been told, was very much like politics in real
"I've met lots of politicians ... and what I have heard
repeatedly is that it's very much like that in real life."
Rather than being disturbed by this, Front felt it was
reassuring that politicians were human just like the rest of
"In an odd way, although nobody likes to think that politics
is all run by inept people swearing at each other, I think
it's quite reassuring to think that they do by and large seem
to care about stuff."
This even came across in the portrayal of the vindictive and
nasty Malcolm Tucker, she said.
"I mean weirdly Malcolm Tucker, for all that he is clearly
the villain in the show, he really believes in something; he
really genuinely wants his party to be in government because
they can do some good."
The quality of the writing and her fellow cast members made
playing Murray one of her favourite roles, she said.
"It is certainly one of the most fun, possibly the most fun,
I would say. It's just been such a lovely part to play and
working with incredibly nice people, I have loved every
second of it," she said.
While the fast-paced nature of the comedy made the role
difficult at times, she felt it fitted her style of acting.
She also liked watching fast-paced and intelligent comedy.
"It is so uncompromisingly intelligent - for me that's what
really marks it out. There is no concession made to whether
an audience can keep up with it or not - it just is what it
• Season 4 of The Thick of It premieres
Friday on UKTV at 9pm.