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Check out Peter’s Malcolm and Julius meta in the 105/202 commentary!    

Peter: Now look, Alexander here is an awesome arguer.
Armando: Right, yes.
Peter: You see, that’s what happens: unlike the other people who sort of cave in under Malcolm’s assaults–
Armando: That’s right. Yes, Malcolm finds it difficult to argue back with– And and–
Peter: Yes.
Armando: And he doesn’t swear does he?
Peter: No, but–
Armando: It’s a different sort of personality.
Peter: Yes, but Julius also never stops.
Armando: Yes.
Peter: He never sleeps, he never gives up. He’s constantly, constantly putting forward his point of view.
Simon Blackwell: And also if there is ever a point where Malcolm is really swearing AT him, he’ll just look away and wait for it to stop. And then they go back to arguing.
Armando: And will occasionally laugh, actually.
Peter: But I always think Malcolm thinks it’s a victory if he gets him to swear.

By which measurement Malcolm is definitely victorious! Yay, Malcolm! But really yay us! for one of the fastest, densest, most overlapping-dialogue scenes of the whole series.

But what the commentary transcription doesn’t really capture is 1) Peter’s absolute enthusiasm when he talks about working with “Alexander” and how much he clearly enjoyed the hell out of doing this scene with him* and 2) how Peter is pretty much laughing (while very much blurring the lines between himself and Malcolm) when he revels how getting Julius to swear is always one of Malcolm’s goals regardless of what they’re actually arguing about.

*A scene that is already very long as aired – over three minutes  – but even so, from the obvious edits I would guess a ton of stuff must have been cut out. I’m pretty sure once Malcolm and Julius (or should I say Peter and Alex) got rolling with the improv and the arguing and the wind-ups and the subtext they could have kept going FOREVER or at least until the cameras ran out of battery.

Or, you know, until the Human Resources

were no longer outside.

Dire Straits chapter 6 (Malcolm x Julius)
In which Julius saves Malcolm Tucker's day, if he may be allowed to say so, and Malcolm could kiss him. And does.
By Organization for Transformative Works

Wordcount: 3200
Contains: a first time, kissing, anal sex of a slow and affectionate sort, a grab-bag of metaphors, a smitten minor peer, really quite a lot of kissing, prawns, no kink at all despite Malcolm observing that Julius is a kinky cunt.


Malcolm: “Alright guys, I’ll be picking codenames now. I’m ‘Fuck One’.”

Malcolm: “Julius, you’re ‘been there done that’.”

Malcolm: “Jamie, you’re ‘currently doing that’.” *High fives*

Malcolm: “Ollie, you’re ‘It happened once in a dream’.”

Malcolm: “Nicola, you’re ‘If I had to pick a woman’.”

Malcolm: “Glenn…you’re ‘Fuck Two’.”

Glenn: “Oh thank god.”


Today in TTOI History: 18 December 2009

Horrible Steve Fleming Gets His Terrible Revenge

and poor Malcolm has a very VERY bad day.

(Poor Malcolm)

I wrote a very long metariffic commemorative post last year that I think still stands up, so I will just say once again that it would be absolutely unbearable watching Malcolm lose except that:

  • Everything is fixed in 308 Yay!
  • Malcolm is so incredibly sweet with Sam
  • Julius and Malcolm’s grabby doorway fight is the best thing EVER
  • Malcolm goes down swinging (even if he does fall to pieces as soon as he gets home and changes his clothes)

Looking at the list now, I see I really should have put The Return of Julius as its own item right at the top and given it a double Yay! – both for the happy (and completely unexpected) return of his big baldy head here and in anticipation of the role he plays in fixing things in 308. 

And since, like I said,  I don’t think I can add much to what I wrote last year, I will conclude these three days of Today in TTOI History by revisiting this bit of Malcolm praise from an unexpected quarter:

and adding this not-altogether-unexpected bit of Uh-oh-Malcolm’s-become-the-story from an entirely expected quarter:

(By which I mean The Sun in terms of it being a sex obsessed sensationalist tabloid, but really in terms of Terri and Ollie obviously being the biggest office gossips of all time.)


From the 307 dvd commentary on the scene where Malcolm gets sacked and then what happens after:

Armando: And I think this scene we recorded, we just did two takes of it, but we let it go.  We primed the rest of the building as it were.  We had all ready with people doing their stuff.  And I just said to Peter, do the scene and then just wander around and we’ll follow you and we’ll see what happens. And after the first take of it, I knew he goes into his office at Number 10, so the second take, I asked people to be, you know, gathering around Sam, and her in tears. Knowing that Peter would go into the room, but not telling Peter that that’s what he’d see.
Tony Roche: That moment’s really nice when he goes into the room and she’s in there.  Because it’s again, it’s what you said earlier, just little things that are just imprinted over the series.  You get that he, that he actually–
Simon Blackwell: Sam’s the only person he has kind of a normal relationship with.
Tony Roche: Exactly, yeah.
Jesse Armstrong: Quite a few people said they suddenly found themselves feeling sorry for Malcolm at that point, I think, didn’t they.

What I love about this is that Armando didn’t have to script Malcolm having a heart, he just had to set up the scene because he knew Peter would do the rest.  

Keep reading

TTOI fic masterpost

You’re Gonna Have To Serve Somebody - Malcolm/Jamie, Malcolm/OFC, Julius/OMC. Prequel fic. It’s the ‘90s, and some in the Opposition are in despair. Seconded from the Foreign Office, the ill-fated Douglas Lundy is told to help Malcolm Tucker (mensch, gravedigger, and political-genius-in-training) expand the Press & Comms team before the general election that the Opposition must win. Neither Malcolm, married to his beloved, academic wife, nor Steve Fleming (who mistakenly believes himself secure on the throne) is banking on the arrival of a young Glaswegian ex-seminarian, who really, really needs a job.

Sympathy for the Devil - Malcolm/Jamie, slightly Sam/Julius, slightly Malcolm/Julius. Malcolm gets cancer and doesn’t want Jamie, or anyone, to know. Racism is on the rise in Britain. Sir Julius Nicholson is in want of a wife. S3 +Jamie.

Resurrected - Malcolm/Jamie, around 3x07 and 3x08. Either a complex exploration of the dark(er) underbelly of Jamie and Malcolm’s relationship, or an excuse for them to have a violent fight in a stairwell. Speculating on Malcolm’s marriage, this fic sees Malcolm’s career cold on the slab, and Jamie determined to create a bit of forcible resurrection.

Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows - Malcolm/Jamie. Post S3. Ten hours in the life of Malcolm Tucker. When James Murray has a drugs misdemeanour weeks before a leadership battle, Malcolm has an epic cleanup on his hands. Jamie Macdonald sees it through.

Good days and bad days - Malcolm/Jamie. Post S3. Tom Davis’s Cambridge ex-girlfriend is causing problems for the government, and although things have been good for the Scottish mafia, they’re about to get very, very much worse.

Courtesy Call - Malcolm/Jamie, Malcolm/Ollie, Sam/OC. Jamie hears that Malcolm Tucker has a new wingman. Jamie in no way has feelings or emotions or a dementedly brilliant plan for revenge. Pre-Inquiry, c S4.

The fall and rise of powerful men - Malcolm/Jamie, Sherlock/John; crossover fic. A man fell off a hospital roof, and Jamie Macdonald’s been gone three years. Post 4x06.

C*NT Associates - Malcolm/Jamie. Post S4; Malcolm’s in prison, but Jamie’s the one who needs help.

The Scottish Patient - Malcolm/Jamie. Malcolm Tucker has the flu. Jamie Macdonald is going to kill him with kindness.

Wedding-Song Triptych - Sam/Julius with Malcolm/Jamie. It’s a shock to find, after years of complication and fuck-up and running on empty, that anything in politics can be simple.

So, yeah. I thought I’d make a tumblr list of these (I am so bored)!


Poor Julius, when will he learn?  Because for the FOURTH year in a row I must correct him: 

Darling Julius, I’m very sorry to have to tell you this, but Malcolm WAS right the first time. It really IS the Twelfth of June.*

Happy Twelfth of June, everyone!

Let us all celebrate in the traditional manner by saying the date asfastaspossible while simultaneously *clearing our throats* in fully approved Malcolm style!