Armando Giovanni Iannucci, OBE is a Scottish writer, director, and radio producer. Born in Glasgow, Iannucci studied at the University of Glasgow followed by the University of Oxford, leaving graduate work on a D.Phil about John Milton to pursue a career in comedy. Starting on BBC Scotland and BBC Radio 4, his early work with Chris Morris on the radio series On the Hour transferred to television as The Day Today.
A character from this series, Alan Partridge, co-created by Iannucci, went on to feature in a number of Iannucci’s television and radio programmes, including Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge and I’m Alan Partridge. Iannucci also fronted the satirical Armistice review shows and in 2001 created his most personal work, The Armando Iannucci Shows, for Channel 4. Moving back to the BBC in 2005, Iannucci created the political sitcom The Thick of It and the spoof documentary Time Trumpet in 2006.Winning funding from the UK Film Council, he directed a critically acclaimed feature film, In the Loop, featuring characters from The Thick of Itin 2009. As a result of these works, he has been described by The Daily Telegraph as “the hardman of political satire“.
Iannucci created the HBO political satire Veep, and was its showrunner for four seasons from 2012 to 2015. He followed this with the feature film The Death of Stalin in 2017 and is planning an adaptation of David Copperfield.
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