Armando Iannucci

Armando Iannucci

Date of birth: 30-11-1963
Half-Italian, half-Scottish Armando Iannucci abandoned his Oxford graduate studies in English to take up a career in broadcasting - and has since become one of the most important catalysts in bringing comedy to the screen.

He started his career in the early Nineties as a radio producer, working on The Mary Whitehouse Experience, Quote... Unquote, The News Quiz and On The Hour. This spoof news show transferred to TV as The Day Today and spawned Alan Partridge, whose award-winning shows on TV and radio Iannucci produced and co-wrote.

Iannucci has also fronted his own satirical shows, including The Saturday (or Friday) Night Armistice on BBC Two, his self-titled show on Channel 4 and his Radio 4 show Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive. He is also a regular on Radio 4 panel shows such as The News Quiz and The 99p Challenge and has worked on a number of Radio 3 shows, because of his passion for classical music.

More recently, he created the political satire The Thick Of It, about a beleaguered Minister trying to cope with the pressure imposed by his army of spin doctors, and the spoof clip show Time Trumpet.

In 2006, he was made Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media at Oxford University, and was appointed as a BBC executive to develop new comedy shows.

He is also a columnist for The Observer, and a collection of his earlier newspaper work for the Telegraph and the Guardian was published in a 1997 collection, Facts And Fancies, which was also adapted for a Radio 4 series.

Iannucci has also directed a number of TV commercials, for clients incluting Nationwide.

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Armando Iannucci's new comedy – set in space

HBO greenlights Avenue 5

Armando Iannucci is to make a new comedy series – set in space.

Avenue 5 – which is still a working title - is a departure from political satires such as The Thick Of It, Veep and the forthcoming movie The Death Of Stalin that made Iannucci’s name.

Hollywood trade website Deadline reports that the show, rumoured to be set on a spaceship, has been greenlit by America’s HBO network. 

It is due to be filmed in London from next year. Iannucci stepped down from Veep in 2015 to spend more time with his family in the UK.

Sky Atlantic is the exclusive home of HBO shows in the UK, so will most likely air Avenue 5, too.

Veep, which also airs on HBO,  will end after its upcoming seventh series.

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Published: 25 Sep 2017

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