The Thick of It: The Missing DoSAC Files

Ian Martin, Armando Iannucci, Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche
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ISBN 9780571272549 Format Paperback
Published 04/11/2010 Length 136 pages

About Book

The Thick Of It begins as Malcolm Tucker - bard of spin, Communications Director for Number 10 and tough shoot-first-then-shoot-again-later professional bastard - has collected incriminating, humiliating and potentially career-destroying papers from the DoSAC team and their opposition. These include Ollie Reeder's poor smear file on Peter Mannion, Nicola Murray's gargantuanly fanciful policy ideas, Terri Coverley's pant-wettingly pathetic Waitrose appraisal from and Malcolm's utterly insightful dos and don'ts for politicians appearing on TV.

Should it go manboobs up at the election, this dossier of private failures, career cul-de-sacs and inept social misfunction is his insurance policy.

So when it goes missing, Malcolm is angry. Apo-pleptically angry.

Bulging with never-seen-before personnel files, policy drafts, letters, emails, transcripts of phone calls and mood boards, The Missing DoSAC Files is a hilarious, profane and all-too-accurate glimpse into public life from the writers of the award-winning The Thick of It, Oscar-nominated In the Loop and Emmy award-winning Veep.

The Thick of It was written by Armando Iannucci, the co-creator of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and his co-writers Jesse Armstrong, Tony Roche, Simon Blackwell and swearing consultant Ian Martin. Initially broadcast on BBC Four, the show starred Peter Capaldi, Chris Langham, Rebecca Front and Chris Addison.

  • About Ian Martin

    Ian Martin joined The Thick Of It as 'swearing consultant' on Series 1 and is now part of the writing team. He wrote for the Oscar-nominated film In the Loop and was a major contributor to The Thick of It: The Missing DoSAC Files, published by Faber in November 2010. Ian has written for radio and newspapers. He edits the satirical website and produces weekly columns for the Architects' Journal and the Times Educational Supplement. He lives in Lancaster.

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  • About Armando Iannucci

    Armando Iannucci is one of the most successful comedy writers and producers working today. In 1991 he received widespread acclaim for the satirical Radio 4 programme On The Hour, which he reinvented with co-writer Chris Morris as the multiple award-winning The Day Today (BBC2). Working with Steve Coogan, Peter Baynham and Patrick Marber, he also oversaw the creation and development of comedy character Alan Partridge, and turned performer himself with satirical show The Saturday Night Armistice. He has written a number of books including Facts and Fancies and The Audacity of Hype.

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  • About Jesse Armstrong

    Jesse Armstrong is the co-creator and co-writer of the award-winning Channel 4 comedy Peep Show. He has also written for Channel 4 sketch show Smack the Pony and the children's series My Parents Are Aliens (CITV).?Before becoming a full-time writer in 1997, he worked for a Labour MP and a member of the shadow Home Affairs team.

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  • About Simon Blackwell

    Simon Blackwell is currently writing a second series of The Old Guys for BBC1, and writes episodes of Peep Show (Channel 4). He also created and penned the Spitfire pilot sketches on The Armstrong and Miller Show (BBC1). Formerly a chief writer on Have I Got News For You, Simon's other credits include Alistair McGowan's Big Impression (BBC2), The Kumars at No. 42, Monkey Trousers, and the BAFTA-winning The Sketch Show, which re-emerged on US television starring Kelsey Grammar.

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  • About Tony Roche

    Tony Roche is a TV and radio comedy writer. He created the Radio 4 series World of Pub and later adapted it for BBC2. His other credits include The All New Harry Hill Show (ITV1), Alistair McGowan's Big Impression (BBC2), Smith & Jones (BBC1) and Dead Ringers (Radio 4). He also wrote and directed the award-winning short film How to Tell When a Relationship is Over.

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