Armando Iannucci.

Armando Iannucci

Armando Iannucci is a Scottish satirist, writer, director and radio producer, known for creating the character of Alan Partridge, the BBC political sitcom The Thick Of It, the feature film In The Loop, which features many of the same characters as that show, and the black comedy film The Death of Stalin.

Biography

Armando Iannucci was born in Glasgow in [y]1963[y], and after studying at St. Aloysius' College, Glasgow and the University of Glasgow, he secured a place at University College, Oxford, where he studied English Literature. He thought quite seriously about becoming a Roman Catholic priest, and even began a DPhil on 17th-century religious language, with particular reference to John Milton, but abandoned this in order to pursue a career in comedy.

Iannucci's earliest work saw him making shows such as No' The Archie McPherson Show and Armando Iannucci for BBC Radio 1, in which he collaborated with many other comedians who would feature alongside him throughout his later career, including Rebecca Front, Steve Coogan, and David Schneider.

Soon he collaborated with British satirist Chris Morris on the radio series On The Hour, which was later transferred to television as The Day Today. This was where the character of the bumbling, vulnerable, yet charming Alan Partridge, a radio presenter for Radio Norwich, was born. Here Iannucci also brought together comics such as Stewart Lee and Richard Herring. His comic creation Alan Partridge would soon feature in a number of Iannucci's own television and radio programmes, including Knowing Me Knowing You With Alan Partridge and I'm Alan Partridge.

Next, Iannucci continued his success by fronting the satirical Armistice review shows and creating his most personal work to date, The Armando Iannucci Shows, broadcast on Channel 4 and written with Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil.

After singing the praises of Yes, Minister during the BBC's television documentary Britain's Best Sitcom, Iannucci came up with the idea of a mockumentary-style, political sitcom of his own, loosely based on the parliamentary machinations of the day. This became The Thick Of It, a faux cinéma-vérité exploration of the inner workings of government in which an incompetent cabinet minister, Hugh Abbott (Chris Langham, is exploited and manipulated by his cynical Press Officer, Malcolm Tucker (/p]Peter Capaldi]). It premiered on BBC Four in 2005, but was awarded two hour-long specials, with an extended cast, to coincide with Christmas and Gordon Brown's appointment as prime minister in 2007. Its third series, released in 2009, was broadcast on BBC Two, and a fourth series followed in 2012. The sitcom is renowned for the foul-mouthed volleys of abuse hurled by Malcolm Tucker at those in his immediate vicinity, with certain words and phrases such as 'omnishambles' entering mainstream political discourse.

Once The Thick Of It had come to an end, Iannucci began work on his spoof documentary series Time Trumpet, a satirical comedy set in the year 2031 that retrospectively reflects on the first thirty years of the 21st century. One sketch involving a jumbo jet crashing into Parliament and the subsequent assassination of Tony Blair, was pulled in the wake of the 2006 terrorist plot. In 2009 his first feature film In The Loop premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, with many of the best-loved cast members from The Thick Of It returning. Shot in a farcical, rapid-fire manner, the film focuses on the run-up to a possible war, a thinly-veiled satire of the Iraq conflict.

Next Iannucci turned his attention to American audiences, creating the HBO political satire Veep (2012-2019, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, fictional vice-president, of the United States who, despite being a heartbeat away from the leader of the free world, still feels undervalued and underappreciated in her role. Filmed in the quick-fire, sharply intelligent manner of Iannucci's other work, it has won 17 Primetime Emmy Awards and two Critics' Choice Television Awards, amongst other accolades.

In 2017, Iannucci released his second feature film, The Death of Stalin, a satirical look at the intense struggle for power following the sudden death of Joseph Stalin in 1953. The film is well-known for its sharp dialogue and absurd situations, but also for recreating genuine moments that occurred in history. For instance, in real life Stalin, having listened to a live concert on the radio, ordered that its recording be sent to him. No such recording had been established, so the entire concert had to be hurriedly repeated, with the audience forced back into their seats.

Iannucci is planning a science fiction sitcom set in space, entitled Avenue 5.

He was awarded the Writers' Guild of Britain Award at the 2011 British Comedy Awards.

Full name
Armando Giovanni Iannucci
Gender
Male
Nationality
Scotland
Born
Thursday 28th November 1963 (56 years-old)

Known for

Credits

 
Year Production Role
2020 The Personal History Of David Copperfield Writer (Adapted By)
2020 The Personal History Of David Copperfield Director
2020 The Personal History Of David Copperfield Producer
2020 The Last Leg - Series 19
  1. Special - Brexit Special
Guest
2019 The Russell Howard Hour - Series 3
  1. E10 - Episode Ten
Guest
2018 Michael Palin: A Life On Screen Self
2017 Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How And Whom? Self
2017 Have I Got News For You - Series 54
  1. Special - Have I Got 2017 News For You
  2. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2017 The Death Of Stalin Writer
2017 The Death Of Stalin Director
2017 The Last Leg - Series 12
  1. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2017 Radio 1 Comedy Shows Self
2017 The Last Leg - Series 11
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2017 Billy & Me Self
2015 Have I Got News For You - Series 50
  1. Special - Highlights Special
Guest
2015 Have I Got News For You - Series 49
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2014 Have I Got News For You - Series 48
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2014 50 Years Of BBC 2 Comedy Self
2014 The Comedy Vaults: BBC2's Hidden Treasure Self
2013 Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Writer
2013 Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Executive Producer
2012 The Thick Of It - Series 4 Director
2012 The Thick Of It - Series 4 Producer
2012 Hunderby - Series 1 Executive Producer
2012 Mid Morning Matters With Alan Partridge - Series 1 Writer
2012 Mid Morning Matters With Alan Partridge - Series 1 Executive Producer
2012 Alan Partridge On Open Books With Martin Bryce Executive Producer
2012 Alan Partridge: Welcome To The Places Of My Life Executive Producer
2012 Would I Lie To You? - Series 6
  1. Special - The Unseen Bits
  2. E8 - Episode Eight
Guest
2011 Have I Got News For You - Series 41
  1. E7 - Episode Seven
Guest
2011 The News Quiz - Series 74 Guest
2011 Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle - Series 2 Self
2010 Have I Got News For You - Series 40
  1. Special - Highlights Special
Guest
2010 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 6
  1. E4 - Episode Four
  2. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2010 You Have Been Watching - Series 2
  1. E7 - Crime Special
Guest
2010 The News Quiz - Series 71 Guest
2010 Have I Got News For You - Series 39
  1. E7 - Episode Seven
Guest
2010 Channel 4's Alternative Election Night - Channel 4's Alternative Election Night 2010
  1. Channel 4's Alternative Election Night 2010
Self
2010 7 Day Saturday - Series 1
  1. E15 - Episode Fifteen
Guest
2009 The Thick Of It - Series 3
  1. E3 - Episode Three
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E1 - Episode One
Writer (Additional Material)
2009 The Thick Of It - Series 3 Director
2009 The Thick Of It - Series 3 Executive Producer
2009 Genius With Dave Gorman - Series 1 Executive Producer
2009 Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle - Series 1 Executive Producer
2009 In The Loop Writer
2009 In The Loop Director
2008 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 2
  1. Special - The Unbelievable Truth Christmas Special
Guest
2008 Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive - Series 4 Writer
2008 Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive - Series 4 Host / Presenter
2008 Lab Rats Executive Producer
2007 The News Quiz - Series 63 Guest
2007 Timeshift: Gagging For It - TV's Hunger For Radio Comedy Self (Archive Material)
2007 Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive - Series 3 Host / Presenter
2007 The News Quiz - Series 62 Guest
2007 Have I Got News For You - Series 33
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2007 Clive Anderson's Chat Room - Series 3 Guest
2007 The News Quiz - Series 61 Guest
2007 The Thick Of It - 2007 Specials Writer
2007 The Thick Of It - 2007 Specials Director
2006 The News Quiz - Series 60 Guest
2006 Genius - Series 2
  1. E6 - Armando Iannucci
Guest
2006 Time Trumpet Host / Presenter
2006 Time Trumpet Writer
2006 Time Trumpet Director
2006 Time Trumpet Creator
2006 Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive - Series 2 Host / Presenter
2006 The News Quiz - Series 59 Guest
2005 The News Quiz - Series 58 Guest
2005 The Thick Of It - Series 2 Writer
2005 The Thick Of It - Series 2
  1. E3 - Episode Three
  2. E1 - Episode One
Writer (Additional Material)
2005 The Thick Of It - Series 2 Director
2005 Heresy - Series 2
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2005 The Thick Of It - Series 1 Writer
2005 The Thick Of It - Series 1 Director
2005 The Thick Of It Creator
2005 Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive - Series 1 Host / Presenter
2005 The News Quiz - Series 56 Guest
2004 Heresy - Series 1
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2004 The News Quiz - Series 55 Guest
2004 The 99p Challenge - Series 5 Regular Panellist
2004 The News Quiz - Series 54 Guest
2004 Have I Got News For You - Series 27
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2004 Britain's Best Sitcom Writer
2004 Britain's Best Sitcom Host / Presenter
2004 Britain's Best Sitcom
  1. E1 - The Launch
Guest
2003 Heresy - Pilot
  1. Pilot
Guest
2003 The News Quiz - Series 53 Guest
2003 The News Quiz - Series 52 Guest
2003 The News Quiz - Series 51 Guest
2003 The 99p Challenge - Series 4 Regular Panellist
2003 Gash Actor
2002 I'm Alan Partridge - Series 2 Writer
2002 I'm Alan Partridge - Series 2 Director
2002 I'm Alan Partridge - Series 2 Producer
2001 The 99p Challenge - Series 3 Regular Panellist
2000 The 99p Challenge - Series 2
  1. E6 - Episode Six
  2. E1 - Episode One
Guest
1997 Facts And Fancies Host / Presenter
1997 Facts And Fancies Writer
1997 I'm Alan Partridge - Series 1 Writer
1997 I'm Alan Partridge - Series 1 Producer
1996 The News Quiz - Series 36 Guest
1994 The Day Today - Series 1 Writer
1994 The Day Today - Series 1 Producer
1994 The Day Today Creator
1994 Armando Iannucci - Series 2 Host / Presenter
1994 Armando Iannucci - Series 2 Writer
1993 Lionel Nimrod's Inexplicable World - Series 2 Ensemble Actor
1993 Knowing Knowing Me, Knowing You: Alan Partridge Various
1993 Knowing Knowing Me, Knowing You: Alan Partridge Writer
1993 Armando Iannucci - Series 1 Host / Presenter
1993 Armando Iannucci - Series 1 Writer
1992 Knowing Me, Knowing You... With Alan Partridge Writer
1992 Knowing Me, Knowing You... With Alan Partridge Producer
1992 Lionel Nimrod's Inexplicable World - Series 1 Ensemble Actor
1992 On The Hour - Series 2 Writer
1992 On The Hour - Series 2 Producer
1991 On The Hour - Series 1 Writer
1991 On The Hour - Series 1 Producer
1990 The News Quiz - Series 23 Producer

Non-comedy TV and film credits might be found here:
Armando Iannucci on IMDb

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