Ian Martin.

Ian Martin

The Thick Of It writer pens Cold War satire

The Thick Of It's "swearing consultant", Ian Martin, is writing a Cold War satire. Tear Down This Wall is based on the historic 1986 Reykjavik summit between US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev.

British Comedy Guide, 8th October 2020

Phil Wang, Alexei Sayle and Rebecca Front win BBC Audio Awards

Radio comedies Phil Wang: Wangsplaining and Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar have won prizes in the BBC Audio Awards. Rebecca Front was named Best Actress, and The Hartlepool Spy won the Tinniswood Award.

British Comedy Guide, 2nd February 2020

The Death of Stalin picks up film awards

The Death of Stalin was one of the big winners at the British Independent Film Awards last night.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 11th December 2017

The Death of Stalin: review

He's tackled the political machinations in Westminster and Washington, so perhaps the Kremlin was the next logical step.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 22nd October 2017

The Death of Stalin and the art of screen swearing

How the writers of Veep and 'The Thick of It brought their gift for profanity to Stalinist Russia.

Joseph Walsh, The Financial Times, 17th October 2017

Is satire dead? Comics on why there are so few laughs

It's hard to poke fun at politicians in an era when they're held in contempt and every joke is policed for offence, say top television writers.

Zoe Williams, The Guardian, 18th October 2016

The Thick of It: the agony of tight spaces

Production designer Simon Rogers and his team had conjured up the airless, gothic hellhole that is the opposition's headquarters within a blameless country house near Ruislip.

Ian Martin, The Guardian, 26th August 2012

The 100 Funniest People On Twitter

We asked our 75,000 followers to nominate the Tweeters that regularly made them laugh - the ones that were frequently mentioned got added to the pile.

The Poke, 7th December 2002