Your Monday Morning Treat: The Best of Malcolm Tucker

To be entirely honest, I know nothing about Doctor Who—save the fact that David Tenant once played the titular role. But as announced yesterday afternoon to a sea of excitement, the latest iteration of the series has cast brilliant Scottish actor Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor. For those of you familiar with Capaldi, you probably fell in love with him as the foul-mouthed and feverishly aggressive and abrasive Malcolm Tucker on Armando Iannucci’s brutally hilarious The Thick of It and onto Into the Loop. That, or you were just a devoted fan of BBC’s best short-lived series, the wonderful drama The Hour, which Capaldi came onto in it’s final episodes.

So whether you’re a Dr Who fanatic or just an admirer of Malcolm Tucker’s dirty, witty and brash comebacks, let’s take a look at some of his best moments—because it’s Monday and we could all use a gut-wrenchingly good laugh, no?

Celebrate Boss’s Day Like a Boss With These Cinematic Honchos

It’s that time of year again: Boss’s Day. (What’s that, you ask? When is Employee’s Day? Everyday is Employee’s Day! Now shut up and get back to work, you peons!) (Yes, one could say I am blogging like a boss today.) To celebrate, here’s a list of the best bosses in movie history. "Best," of course, is a relative term, but hey, this is the internet and all I know is that I’m the boss of listicles today, so deal with it or you’re fired. 

1. Sigourney Weaver as Katharine Parker in Working Girl

2. Dabney Coleman as Franklin M. Hart, Jr. in 9 to 5

3. Diana Rigg as Lady Holiday in The Great Muppet Caper
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4. Christopher Walken as Max Shreck in Batman Returns

5. Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada

6. Bette Midler as Sadie Shelton in Big Business

7. Michael Keaton as Captain Gene Mauch in The Other Guys

8. Garry Marshall as Walter Harvey in A League of Their Own

9. Dan Hedaya as Richard Nixon in Dick

10. Harvey Keitel as Matthew "Sport" Higgins in Taxi Driver

11. Peter Capaldi as Malcolm Tucker in In the Loop

12. Anthony LaPaglia as Joe Reaves in Empire Records

13. Meg Ryan as Kathleen Kelly in You’ve Got Mail

14. Maggie Smith as Mother Superior in Sister Act

15. John Cusack as Rob Gordon in High Fidelity

16. Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest

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‘The Thick Of It’ Airs, Uncensored, On Hulu This Sunday

For the dozen of us in this blighted country who would rather comb crabs out of their pubic hair with a spork than watch any beloved sitcom currently running on NBC, September 9 will be a day to rejoice.

That’s when the fourth series of The Thick Of It, the funniest television program of the 21st century, premieres. And while I just called the U.S. a blighted land, man, you ain’t seen blight till you’ve glimpsed the bland gray corridors of political power in England.

Two Washington-based spinoffs—the movie In The Loop and HBO adaptation Veep, are hilarious in their own right—but they pale in comparison to the original show, which follows the travails of hopelessly incompetent bureaucrats as they struggle to keep pace with a vicious 24-hour spin cycle. The series has its star and profanity savant in communications director Malcolm Tucker, whose baroque dressing-downs are a perpetual highlight.

While previous seasons focused on the Labour government in decline, this batch of episodes promises to bring us the U.K.’s new Conservative-Liberal coalition in all its dysfunctional glory. The best news of all is that you won’t have to pirate them if you subscribe to Hulu, which is cleaning up on British comedy exports.

You can thank your lucky stars they won’t be bleeping anything for your sensitive American ears—otherwise there’d be no dialogue.