but the Thick of It definitely used real graphics (although for one series with a post-it note always on the TV covering the BBC News logo on-screen), and occasionally the actual presenters for specially recorded bits ISTR.
For Series 4 they may have got the BBC to give them some real graphics, but series 3 were definitely faithful recreations - the giveaway is the clock is in Gill Sans Display (used for the 2010 Election graphics) rather than Gill Sans Bold that the clock genuinely used - the giveaway is the 1 vs. I. I've always assumed that the post-it note was on there for continuity purposes to cover up the clock when it was on the genuine news channel rather than specially edited parts so that when cutting from take to take it didn't say 14:45 then 16:22 etc. When they went to Radio 5 Live that used the genuine studios and presenters (On the Special features they mention that World News were worried about the radio mics being picked up given the proximity of 5 Live to Studio N8
. The Paxman - Swain interview wasn't original and was in fact cobbled together from several old Paxo interviews (watch his tie) and then cleverly Airbrushed and CSO'd in - much like some of Time Trumpet. However Rebecca Front said somewhere, it might have been RHLSTP, that when she went on Newsnight and talked to Paxman it seemed like he'd of been up for doing it. 'Steady' Eddie Mair recorded a bit for In the Loop and Sky News or very accurate recreations appeared in the latter series. During the pissgate episode ITV News makes an appearance. I don't recall any other high profile journalists appearing but by all accounts Nick Robinson, Andrew Marr and a few others wouldn't have minded even if Tucker wasn't very complementary about them - after what's written about Kay Burley and Adam Boulton in the book I doubt they'd of done it though. If only Tucker wasn't dead/in jail and Capaldi occupied elsewhere - the new political climate would be so great for a new series though I doubt there'd be much place for Tucker in the Corbyn Labour Party.
<Sorry for the essay>