Armando made his mark as the co-creator, writer and producer of Alan Partridge and the seminal On The Hour and The Day Today. He went on to win plaudits for The Thick Of It, introducing the gloriously odious Malcolm Tucker to the world. After shining a sharp satirical light on Westminster, and taking both Partridge and Tucker (separately) to the big screen, he created the Emmy-winning hit HBO series, Veep. He also co-wrote and directed a boisterous comic take on Russian history with The Death of Stalin, and an unconventional Dickens adapatation, The Personal History of David Copperfield.


The creator of some of the most original and influential television comedy of recent years, Glaswegian-Italian Armando Iannucci is a writer, performer, director and producer.

With Steve Coogan, Armando created Alan Partridge, first on Radio 4’s On The Hour and then in the BBC 2 version, The Day Today. He and Coogan went on to take the hapless celebrity through several spin-offs, including Knowing Me, Knowing You and I’m Alan Partridge as well as books and the film Alpha Papa.

Armando devised, wrote and directed the ground-breaking satire The Thick Of It. The mockumentary about under-prepared ministers and overwhelmed civil servants received a clutch of awards, critical acclaim, and gave birth to the word ‘omnishambles’. The Oscar-nominated film spin-off In The Loop won yet more accolades, including a New York Film Critics’ Circle Award and three BAFTAs. Armando then developed HBO’s international hit Veep, which saw Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Vice President deal with the realities of being both close to and far from the most powerful office in the world. He then went on to co-write and direct a surprisingly lively take on modern Russian history with The Death of Stalin and unconventional Dickens adaptation The Personal History of David Copperfield.

Other credits behind and in front of the camera include Brass Eye, Time Trumpet, Lab Rats and The Saturday Night Armistice. Armando has also appeared on Have I Got News For You and Question Time. On radio, he’s joined the panels of The News Quiz and Quote Unquote and hosted his own show, Charm Offensive. A fan of classical music, he’s also fronted programmes on Radio 3 and written an opera libretto.


In conversation with Cathy Newman

Armando Iannucci JLA Speakers Breakfast


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