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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Hugh Laurie joins Armando Iannucci’s sci-fi comedy

Playing the captain of Avenue 5

Hugh Laurie is to star in Armando Iannucci’s new sci-fi comedy pilot, Avenue 5.

The House star has signed up to play another American, Ryan Clark, the calm and collected captain of the spaceship which gives the show its provisional title.

Little is known of the show, but earlier this year, Iannucci said: ‘All I can tell you is that it is set in the world of space tourism in about 30-40 years’ time… It’s basically about people who have nothing in common apart from being in space, and they’re trying to work out how to get on with each other. 

Laurie was previously played Senator Thomas James in Iannucci’s Veep and will also star in his upcoming movie The Personal History of David Copperfield.

HBO has ordered a pilot episode of the series, as well as a number of  extras scripts in case it is picked up for a series.

The pilot will be shot in London this year, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Published: 23 Aug 2018

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