To my shame I’ve only seen a handful of episodes of The Thick of It. Not to worry though, you don’t need to have seen any of the previous episodes to ‘get’ In the Loop. There’s plenty of wonderfully creative swearing and a great variety of useless sad sacks and domineering dick-swinging alpha males. The travesty is that almost all management types, whether they work in government or not, are actually like this. You have the ones who will twist and grope over every word of the English language to make sure that nothing they ever say will ever come back to them. You have your Malcolm Tuckers who just swear and shout at you. And of course you have the poor fellows like Tom Hollander’s hapless minister, who’s in wrong job for the right reasons. An excellent comedy.