Though most of the series' run has looked on Abbot's attempt to fulfil his brief as Minster for Social Affairs, the format was broadened in the two recent specials, The Rise of the Nutters and Spinners and Losers, which saw the focus shift partially to the Opposition during the run-up to the PM's supposed departure.
This has given a bigger role to Chris Addison's Olly Reeder, but most especially pushed Malcolm Tucker into the position of being truly under threat for the first time in the series — and even funnier as a result.
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BBC Homepage. Iannucci and his team see this. Deep down we want them to succeed; we want a happy ending. The president and vice-president are symbols as well as — and sometimes instead of — administrators. Meanwhile the Brits have a parliamentary culture that separates the two roles, is far less deferential and actually runs on rancorous accountability.
Save the reverence for the queen, and treat the gray ministers and civil servants with the ridicule and brutality they deserve. It makes for better satire, and in practice, better politics. Brendan James is a blogger and reporter covering electoral politics and national affairs for Yahoo!
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