The critically acclaimed political comedy The Thick of It is finally coming back to television after having been off the air for nearly three years. The series, created by esteemed screenwriter and satirist Armando Iannucci, aired the last episode of its third series in December 2009. A fourth series was delayed as Iannucci traveled to the United States to create the HBO comedy series Veep, a tonally similar series about the bumbling office of the Vice President of the U.S. After work wrapped on Veep's first season, Iannucci returned to the beloved Thick of It, the fourth series of which has just been given an airdate: September 8.
The series will air on BBC Two at 9:45pm in the UK. Stateside fans of The Thick of It don't need to worry about the wait, though -- the series 4 premiere will premiere on Hulu September 8 as well, marking the first time the series has premiered on the same day in both countries.
TVRage got the chance to sit down and chat with creator Armando Iannucci earlier this month, and he gave us a bit of a glimpse at what would be coming up in the show's fourth series. The series will follow a "very different new government team," who took over after the regime change of the third series. The second episode of series 4, which will presumably air on September 15, will rejoin Malcolm and Nicola, who are now leaders of the opposition party. The foulmouthed Malcolm finds himself in an unusual position: he's "subservient and takes orders, but he won't let it last."
"Series 4 is structured around events that cause momentum that bring the government and the opposition together," Iannucci told us. The fourth series, unlike previous years, will tell a serialized story that features "frustrating" new situations for everyone involved.
You can check out our full interview with Armando Iannucci here.
The Thick of It series 4 will premiere September 8 on BBC Two and Hulu.