Party Animals – Introducing Matt Smith – the future Doctor Who – as an idealistic politico

Introducing Matt Smith

Party Animals (BFS)

Set in the halls of party politics in the British Parliament, the 2007 BBC limited series Party Animals revolves around the young politicos in the lower rungs of power: MP assistants and researchers, lobbyists, reporters and one ambitious assistant who makes the leap from behind the scenes to running for office, and all the nastiness that starts getting directed at her in hardball campaigning.

Andrew Buchan (late of Garrow’s Law) takes top billing as the ambitious lobbyist whose compromises become a little too enormous to take and Shelley Conn is the brilliant Tory strategist who leaves her fast-rising boss (Patrick Baladi, Ricky Gervais’ popular boss in the original The Office), with whom she is having an ill-advised affair, to make her own run for office. But the selling point here is Matt Smith’s breakout role as the idealistic researcher to a Labour Party MP, where all the charm and boyish energy and comic bounce that he later brought  to Doctor Who first surfaced.

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