Don’t Tell Anyone, But This Show Marks a Breakthrough for U.S. TV

HULU TO CO-PRODUCE FOURTHULU TO CO-PRODUCE FOURTH SEASON OF BBC AWARD-WINNING U.K. POLITICAL COMEDY “THE THICK OF IT”
by TeamTVWriter Press Service

Hulu today announced its first international co-production with the BBC for the highly anticipated fourth season of Armando Iannucci’s political U.K. comedy “The Thick of It,” through a partnership secured by BBC Worldwide Americas. Beginning July 29, Hulu and Hulu Plus will be the exclusive U.S. destination for fans to watch every episode from the first three seasons of the beloved program, as well as the two specials released between seasons in the UK. “The Thick of It” was initially broadcasted on BBC Four in the U.K. and BBC AMERICA in the U.S. Hulu will also exclusively premiere the fourth season in the U.S., which will air first on Hulu and Hulu Plus day-and-date with the U.K. broadcast before returning to BBC AMERICA early next year.

Created and written by Armando Iannucci, acclaimed writer of HBO’s “Veep” and Oscar-nominated film “In the Loop,” “The Thick of It” takes a smart, satirical look at the inner workings of British government. Shot in a vérité style with hand-held cameras, Iannucci’s distinctive brand of comedy thrusts viewers into a world of political embarrassment, backroom deals, policy U-turns, spin-doctoring, political backstabbing and wild media speculation.

For television writers, the fact that Hulu has come to the financial rescue of this series should be regarded as highly optimistic because, quite simply, “The Thick of It” is widely acknowledged in the U.K. as the most foul-mouthed series in history. Meaning that this could mean a breakthrough in Hulu programming. And, who knows? Maybe the openness virus will spread.