Now the summer’s over, the best comedy shows are starting up again all at once. ‘Peep Show’ is in full swing (and as brilliant as ever), ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season 7 starts this Thursday – and Armando Iannucci’s political swearing-symphony ‘The Thick Of It’ returns in the last week of October on BBC2 (transmission date still TBC).

In this super-brief preview snippet there’s no sign of rumoured guest star Chris Morris – he’s supposed to be playing an MP embroiled in a sex scandal – but the demonic character of Malcolm Tucker has evidently not mellowed. His assessment of one MP: “He’s so dense that light bends around him.”

Oh, and the new series stars Rebecca Front, who you might recognise from ‘The Day Today’. Check out the new cast photo: