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 David Copperfield gets a UK distributor

'It's The Infinity War of the 1840s,' says film-maker

Armando Iannucci’s version of David Copperfield has secured a UK distributor.

Lionsgate UK have acquired the rights to the film, which stars Dev Patel in the lead role alongside Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Ben Whishaw, Aneurin Barnard, Morfydd Clark, Anthony Welsh and Rosalind Eleazar.

Earlier this week it was revealed that The Thick Of It star Peter Capaldi had joined the cast as Mr Micawber, the kind-hearted clerk who ends up in debtors’ prison.

Iannucci wrote the script with his frequent collaborator Simon Blackwell, based on Charles Dickens’ novel. Filming is expected to begin in June.

The Personal History of David Copperfield is described as ‘a fresh and distinctive take’ on the book, which ‘chronicles the life of its iconic title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it, from his unhappy childhood to the discovery of his gift as a storyteller and writer.’

Lionsgate UK’s chief executive Zygi Kamasa said: ‘The combination of Armando’s writing and directing and the source material of a classical masterpiece is a project that is irresistible to us. Add to that a renowned team behind the camera and a diverse and talented cast and you have a film guaranteed to excite audiences to add to our slate."

Iannucci – who is also producing the film with Kevin Loader,with whom he made In The Loop and The Death Of Stalin – added: ‘I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Lionsgate in the UK to be making this wonderful story about poverty and riches, and friendship and loss.

‘With such an amazing and immense cast, David Copperfield is The Infinity War of the 1840s. I’m so glad to be reuniting with many of the talented crew behind ‘he Death of Stalin to make it.’

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Published: 10 May 2018

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