The BEST episodes written by Tony Roche

Episode 3
star
8.55
361 votes

#1 - Episode 3

The Thick of It - Season 2 - Episode 3

Someone sends an email they shouldn't have, while Hugh lies to a Select Committee...

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Episode 1
star
8.34
476 votes

#2 - Episode 1

The Thick of It - Season 3 - Episode 1

Reshuffle day at Number 10. When the job at the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship is turned down by everybody else, there is no option but to promote unknown quantity Nicola Murry to the Cabinet. The downside is she is very keen, has a husband who works for a company that has government contracts, has an 11-year-old about to go to a private school and is about to face the media at a crucial by-election poster launch. Something will have to be done.

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Episode 3
star
8.33
437 votes

#3 - Episode 3

The Thick of It - Season 1 - Episode 3

An empty London flat threatens the future of a potential Housing Bill. Dan Miller is getting plenty of media-attention for his work on the bill, which is creating a degree of envy.

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The Final Reckoning
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8.30
253 votes

#4 - The Final Reckoning

The Thick of It - Season 4 - Episode 7

The final reckoning. Every dog has its day, but as the fallout from the inquiry starts to take its toll, the everyday problems of government continue unabated. Despite the fact that no-one is actually talking to each other any more. The Home Office have cut police numbers, created a huge backlog of arrest paperwork, and managed to blame DoSAC for the enormous queues at police stations. At Malcolm's suggestion, Dan Miller gets sent on a fact-finding mission to the local cop-shop to press the flesh, in the belief that it will make the government look unresponsive. Or does he have another motive?

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Episode 7
star
8.28
350 votes

#5 - Episode 7

The Thick of It - Season 3 - Episode 7

Nicola Murray and her team are desperate to find a major sports personality to be the face of DoSAC's new Healthy Choices campaign. Malcolm's away on holiday and doesn't want to be disturbed, so they take advice from Steve Fleming, who's back on the scene as the PM's new fixer. Is Steve really as nice as he seems? Everyone knows Malcolm never takes holidays, so what's he up to now?

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Episode 3
star
8.19
498 votes

#6 - Episode 3

The Thick of It - Season 3 - Episode 3

Nicola Murray is stuck in an Eastbourne hotel bedroom with nothing but a laptop, a printer and a tiny kettle while she and Olly try to finish her speech for the annual party conference. It's not going well. But Glenn has brought in his secret weapon - Julie Price, tragic widow, people's champion and regional photo opportunity. Is this the breakthrough they need, or the start of a tug-of-Julie with Malcolm Tucker?

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Episode 1
star
8.18
412 votes

#7 - Episode 1

The Thick of It - Season 2 - Episode 1

Something goes terribly wrong at a ministerial visit to a factory – only Malcolm can help, but will he?

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Election Night
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8.11
1100 votes

#8 - Election Night

Veep - Season 4 - Episode 10

On election night, Selina and her staff find their nerves growing frayed as each state result is called.

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Episode 5
star
8.09
465 votes

#9 - Episode 5

The Thick of It - Season 3 - Episode 5

After weeks of trading bitter blows in the press, DoSAC minister Nicola Murray MP and her shadow Peter Mannion MP are invited onto BBC Radio 5Live for a debate on Richard Bacon's late-night phone-in programme. Director of communications Malcolm Tucker and opposition PR guru Stewart Pearson decide to listen in the comfort of their respective offices, but when some breaking news threatens to make things difficult for the politicians, the programme quickly turns into a phone-in like no other. Malcolm and Stewart are left no choice but to start getting their people over to the studios.

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New Hampshire
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8.06
1252 votes

#10 - New Hampshire

Veep - Season 3 - Episode 10

Three days before the New Hampshire primary, Selina and her staff juggle her multiple official obligations and campaign appearances.

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Debate
star
8.02
1313 votes

#11 - Debate

Veep - Season 3 - Episode 8

Selina and the staff prep for her debate with George Maddox, Danny Chung, congressman Owen Pierce and Joe Thornhill, a major-league baseball manager who recently entered the race. Dan returns with a rosier outlook. Wendy, Mike's wife, arrives to do a style piece on Selina, but eyes a bigger story involving Ray.

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D.C.
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8.00
1340 votes

#12 - D.C.

Veep - Season 2 - Episode 10

With the administration in full crisis mode, Selina and her staff try to cope.

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Episode 2
star
7.99
332 votes

#13 - Episode 2

The Thick of It - Season 2 - Episode 2

There's a reshuffle in the offing and the PM's new 'blue skies' advisor is making trouble...

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Episode 1
star
7.90
830 votes

#14 - Episode 1

The Thick of It - Season 1 - Episode 1

Hugh Abbot is the Minister for Social Affairs and he's facing a policy crisis; his 'Snooper Squad' idea has been vetoed which leaves him with just forty minutes to come up with a new policy.

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Episode 2
star
7.88
510 votes

#15 - Episode 2

Fresh Meat - Season 1 - Episode 2

The housemates are in social Siberia so they decide to throw a party, spearheaded by Josie in the hope that she and Kingsley will get together, but her plans are scuppered by her boyfriend!

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Episode 6
star
7.87
460 votes

#16 - Episode 6

Fresh Meat - Season 1 - Episode 6

Oregon is distraught to learn that her childhood horse is dying, culminating in the revelation that she isn't called Oregon at all, but Melissa.

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Retired Janitors of Idaho
star
7.87
1805 votes

#17 - Retired Janitors of Idaho

Succession - Season 3 - Episode 5

Kendall and the Waystar team find themselves working together at the annual shareholders’ meeting, where Logan’s health takes a turn.

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Hunting
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7.85
2064 votes

#18 - Hunting

Succession - Season 2 - Episode 3

Logan informs his skeptical management team of his plan to make another attempt to acquire Pierce, a rival media company and one of the most respected names in news, and brings back Frank to work on the deal. Convinced the acquisition is a terrible idea, Shiv asks Tom to deliver the message to Logan at a corporate retreat in Hungary. Greg worries his pre-meeting with a Logan biographer puts his standing with the family at risk. Connor’s presidential announcement irritates Logan.

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Special Relationship
star
7.85
1364 votes

#19 - Special Relationship

Veep - Season 3 - Episode 7

In the U.K. for the 100th anniversary of WWI, Selina’s staff worries about Ray’s growing influence on the Veep. Meanwhile, Dan’s nerves begin to fray as Ben gets news that sends him back to D.C. Later, Jonah arrives in London, U.K. to spy for Team Maddox, and Amy leaks a secret.

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Rehearsal
star
7.82
1527 votes

#20 - Rehearsal

Succession - Season 4 - Episode 2

After Shiv discovers that Tom is following Logan’s playbook, she, Kendall, and Roman consider backing Sandi and Stewy’s aggressive play on the Matsson deal. Meanwhile, Logan gives an impromptu pep talk to the ATN newsroom… and outsources a tricky conversation with Kerry. Later, Connor tries to make the most of his rehearsal dinner when Willa goes AWOL.

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Too Much Birthday
star
7.80
1748 votes

#21 - Too Much Birthday

Succession - Season 3 - Episode 7

At Kendall’s lavish birthday bash, Shiv and Roman try to arrange a meeting with Lukas Matsson, a tech mogul who recently snubbed Logan.

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Episode 2
star
7.76
413 votes

#22 - Episode 2

Fresh Meat - Season 2 - Episode 2

A spate of muggings on campus leave the gang concerned about their safety, while JP is confined to his bed with mumps. Kingsley makes an announcement that leaves Josie reeling.

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Episode 2
star
7.75
621 votes

#23 - Episode 2

The Thick of It - Season 1 - Episode 2

Hugh enlists the help of a focus group to help him make a decision between two policies.

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Andrew
star
7.75
1329 votes

#24 - Andrew

Veep - Season 2 - Episode 6

Catherine's 21st birthday party becomes a forum for Selina's budget negotiation with the majority leader, but Amy and Gary are more worried how Selina will handle seeing her ex-husband. Meanwhile, Mike discusses Selina's role in the Uzbek hostage crisis with the press.

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Baseball
star
7.69
1651 votes

#25 - Baseball

Veep - Season 1 - Episode 6

Selina attends a healthy eating event at Camden Yards with some very grumpy fast-food executives, where she also confides a secret to Amy. Mike holds a press briefing for some local news pals, save for the inquisitive Leon West. Later, with the Veep delayed, Amy and Dan are forced to entertain elementary school children.

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B/ill
star
7.63
1154 votes

#26 - B/ill

Veep - Season 4 - Episode 8

With the Families First Bill growing increasingly toxic, Gary sets up a clandestine meeting with Dan and Amy to persuade them to lobby against it. Meanwhile, Selina attempts to keep working while ill in bed with the flu. As the vote on Families First draws near, her staff works to ensure the deciding vote will go in their favor, as it becomes clear that victory or defeat lies in the hands of just one congressman.

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Shutdown
star
7.62
1333 votes

#27 - Shutdown

Veep - Season 2 - Episode 7

With D.C. in the midst of a government shutdown, Selina is forced to furlough some of her staff. A damaging story leaks about Selina’s ex-husband, Andrew; Danny Chung takes advantage of the shutdown; Gary Jonah go on a run to retrieve Selina’s trash.

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Tehran
star
7.57
1200 votes

#28 - Tehran

Veep - Season 4 - Episode 4

As part of her Middle East peace-talks tour, President Meyer makes an historic trip to Iran, where an American reporter is being detained. In D.C., Dan is wooed by lobbyist Sidney Purcell, while VP Doyle stands in for the president at a Rainbow Jersey event with a gay NBA star. Meanwhile, Kent’s polling and Jonah’s big mouth may cause trouble for Selina.

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Catherine
star
7.56
2048 votes

#29 - Catherine

Veep - Season 1 - Episode 3

Selina celebrates 20 years in Washington, D.C., but tries to keep a low profile after a newspaper article paints her as a diva and rumors float about her feud with the first lady. Meanwhile, Selina’s college-age daughter arrives for a visit, and is surprised that her mother is looking for a dog but appalled by her reaction to “Selina” being on the list of names for hurricanes.

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Episode 6
star
7.39
365 votes

#30 - Episode 6

Fresh Meat - Season 2 - Episode 6

Kingsley is dissatisfied with the quality of teaching on his geology course and makes an official complaint, but when a field trip goes awry, things come to a head for him and JP. Josie deals with the fallout of her bad decision, and Vod's future as a student is put in jeopardy when she faces an upcoming drug test.

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Sh*t Show at the F**k Factory
star
7.39
2887 votes

#31 - Sh*t Show at the F**k Factory

Succession - Season 1 - Episode 2

Logan’s incapacitation sets off a heated succession debate among his children, as the board rushes to inform the media about leadership contingencies before the stock market opens. Greg is tasked with retrieving important items from the Roy apartment. Kendall makes an impassioned final plea to keep Waystar Royco in the family, and receives sobering news from longtime general counsel Gerri Kellman that dampens a moment of vindication.

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Let's Play with Matches
star
7.37
487 votes

#32 - Let's Play with Matches

Avenue 5 - Season 2 - Episode 5

After a failed revolt, the passengers put the ship’s leadership to a vote, bringing forth a pack of unlikely candidates. Meanwhile, back on Earth, the Office of the Other President proposes a plan that could spell doom for Avenue 5.

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I Was Flying
star
6.98
1753 votes

#33 - I Was Flying

Avenue 5 - Season 1 - Episode 1

When a malfunction occurs aboard the luxury space cruise ship Avenue 5, it's up to engineer Billie McEvoy to warn Captain Ryan Clark, Avenue 5 owner Herman Judd and his right-hand-woman Iris Kimura that the incident may have a cataclysmic knock-on effect.

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