Political satire TV series The Thick of It has been running on the BBC for three years, and the fourth season will be co-produced by Hulu. The deal between the digital network and the BBC will bring all the past episodes of The Thick of It to streaming devices and browsers, too.
Original content is part of Hulu’s new strategy in the face of the potential, gradual loss of attention from the broadcast networks that have provided it most of its aftermarket programming in the past. In just the past couple of months Hulu has announced no less than seven originally produced series. At least one of Hulu’s original series — Kevin Smith’s Spoilers — is making the reverse trip to cable, too.
The Thick of It follows the comedic antics and intrigue of bureaucrats working at Britain’s (fictional) Department of Social Affairs & Citizenship, and stars Chris Langham as the somewhat incompetent man in charge of the organization. The satire has won several awards in British television.
Hulu will begin adding episodes from the first three seasons for both paid Hulu Plus customers and unpaid, regular old Hulu customers starting July 29, with the new fourth season premiering on Hulu, Hulu Plus, and BBC 4 all at once sometime early next year. This fourth season is written by Veep creator Armando Iannucci.