Foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker is returning to television in a new series of The Thick Of It - and this time he is in opposition.
The character, played by Peter Capaldi and famous for terrorising Whitehall with his oath-laden outbursts, will be joined by regulars including Nicola Murray MP, played by Rebecca Front.
Roger Allam also returns as Peter Mannion MP, coping with life as a minister in a new coalition government, and his new coalition partner Fergus Williams MP, played by Spooks star Geoffrey Streatfeild.
The show's creator Armando Iannucci said: "This series takes The Thick Of It into exciting and uncharted territory: a new coalition government, and Malcolm and Nicola fretting in the wings. For the first time too a storyline takes us all the way through the series right to the bitter, bitter end, with government and opposition convulsed in an incident that questions every political convention imaginable, but in a funny way."
The show, made up of seven 30-minute episodes, will air this autumn on BBC Two.