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Armando Iannucci Defends The BBC From Government Attacks


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Armando Iannucci, the award-winning creator of political comedies such as ‘Veep’ and ‘The Thick of It’, has accused British government ministers of effectively trying to kill the BBC, also saying that to get rid of the national broadcaster would be “bad capitalism”.

The 51 year old comedian and writer was giving the 40th annual MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival on Wednesday (August 26th) in front of leading TV executives when he urged people to defend the Beeb as an institution.

“If the BBC were a weapons system, half the cabinet would be on a plane to Saudi Arabia to tell them how brilliant it was,” said Iannucci, who won an OBE in 2013.

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Veep Creator To Direct Stalin Film


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Iannucci revealed he is leaving his post as the executive producer of Julia Louis-Dreyfus' U.S. political comedy last month (Apr15), explaining that he decided to leave behind the gruelling shooting schedule in favour of spending time with his family in the U.K.

But at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Thursday (14May15), it was announced he has been hired to lead The Death of Stalin, the big screen adaptation of Fabien Nury's graphic novel.

The political satire follows Stalin's last days in 1953 and the chaos that ensued following his death.

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Veep Creator Quits Show To Spend Time With Family


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Comedy writer Armando Iannucci has been struggling with the demands of the show while his wife and three children remain in the U.K.

A representative for HBO, the cable network behind the show, tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We have had conversations with Armando for some time about the challenges of maintaining his family life in London and producing a show in the States."

David Mandel, who worked with Louis-Dreyfus on Seinfeld, has been brought in as Iannucci's replacement.

British Academy Of Film And Television Arts (BAFTA) Los Angeles TV Tea Party 2014

Armando Iannucci - British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Los Angeles TV Tea Party 2014 at SLS Hotel - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 23rd August 2014

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HBO Renews 'Veep' - The Most Underrated Comedy On TV?


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Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be back as Selina Meyer on 'Veep', with HBO renewing the comedy for a fourth season this week. The network also said that news series 'Silicon Valley' has been renewed for season two.

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Veep has emerged as one of HBO's most popular series, with Seinfeld star Dreyfus playing the confident but ultimately clueless vice president of the United States of America. The actress won an Emmy award for the role last year.

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The Jameson Empire Awards 2014 - Arrivals

Armando Iannucci - Jameson Empire Awards 2014 held at The Grosvenor House - Arrivals. - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 30th March 2014

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2014 PaleyFest - "VEEP"

Armando Iannucci - 2014 PaleyFest - "VEEP" At Dolby Theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 27th March 2014

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Emmys 2013 Round-Up: Clare Danes & Jeff Daniels Crowned King & Queen [Pictures]


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Last night's Emmy Awards rounded off one of the most addictive and successful years in television for quite some time. Whether you've hooked on Homeland, mad about Mad Men, devoted to Downton Abbey or hyped about House of Cards, the annual TV industry awards dished out some dazzlingly deserved gongs.

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Jeff Daniels' Unexpected Best Drama Actor Win Was One Of The Evening's Highlights.

How I Met Your Mother's Neil Patrick Harris acted as this year's compère and although his show wasn't nominated for the best 'Comedy Series,' Neil kept the jokes coming, making fun of how deceptively unpredictable some of this year's awards were.

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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Review


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In bringing his iconic 1990s radio and TV character to the big screen, Coogan refreshingly refuses to play to American audiences: this film is purely British in its story, setting and characters. And as it gleefully redefines almost every action movie cliche imaginable, it's also one of the funniest films of the year. This is party due to the hilariously astute script, but also because Alan Partridge is both riotously embarrassing and utterly loveable.

As we meet him this time , Alan (Coogan) is trying to save his job at North Norfolk Digital when the radio station is bought by a corporation and turned in to Shape ("The way you want it to be"). In the process, Alan gets his colleague Pat (Meaney) sacked, and at the Shape launch party Pat goes postal with a shotgun, taking the staff hostage. As the police close in around the station, Alan becomes the chief negotiator, realising that this can only help boost his fame. But as he works on increasing his own publicity, Pat is menacing his on-air sidekick Simon (Key), while his offbeat security guard friend Michael (Greenall) finds a place to hide and his assistant (Montagu) has her own encounter with the media.

After all these years, Coogan is able to completely vanish into Alan's distinctive personality, saying all the wrong things at the wrong times while constantly getting distracted by irrelevant details. He only ever does the right thing by mistake. Yes, Alan is a buffoon, but he isn't stupid. Coogan plays him so perfectly that we can't help but like Alan even with his distinctive flaws. And the film actually generates a real sense of menace in this mini-Die Hard siege scenario, blending real danger with inspired physical comedy. And virtually every line of dialog has a joke in it.

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Armando Iannucci Blasts Brits Over Margaret Thatcher Death Parties


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Veep creator Armando Iannucci has blasted Brits who celebrated the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, slamming them for having "no feelings".

The controversial former leader passed away at the age of 87 in April (13) after suffering a stroke, and her death prompted praise and criticism in equal measure.

Many of her opponents openly celebrated her passing by holding street parties, but Iannucci - who also penned hit political satire The Thick of It and its big-screen spin-off In The Loop - was disgusted by their behaviour.

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London Premiere Of 'Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa'

Armando Iannucci - London premiere of 'Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa' held at Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 24th July 2013

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New Trailer For Alan Partridge Movie Goes Viral; But Does The Film Look Any Good?


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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa will see Steve Coogan's most famous comic creation take to the big screen for the first ever time and earlier this week we got our second glimpse at the long-awaited jump from Tv to movie screen from Norwich's most famous fictional son. Unlike the first trailer for Alpha Papa, which was more of a behind-the-scenes look at the think-tank who eventually came up with the title Alpha Papa (we still think Colossal Velocity was a better name), the new trailer is your typical, all-the-best-parts-of-the-movie scenario, that doesn't leave too much to the imagination, but should cause a few laughs.

The movie continues the Partridge story where the former golden boy of light-hearted chat on the Bbc is now one of the big names at North Norfolk Digital - North Norfolk's premier digital radio station - however a move by a new media conglomerate to take over the station sets in motion a series of hilarious events that see's fellow a Dj (Colm Meaney) take the station hostage, and will only use Partridge as his lackey to communicate with the police. It is up to Alan and the police to stop the violent siege for good, before things get ugly. And don't worry, Lynn and Michael are in the movie too.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa hits cinemas 7 August 2013. The film was written by Coogan and Armando Iannucci, Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons (who regularly work on Partridge material together) as well as Peter Baynham and Patrick Marber. Declan Lowney is directing.

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Armando Iannucci Reveals Why Sky Beat The Beeb To Alan Partridge


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Alan Partridge’s Mid Morning Matters aired on Sky Atlantic instead of The BBC due to the channel’s refusal to give the show a prime time slot, according to Armando Iannucci.

Speaking to Richard Bacon in a question and answer session, Iannucci gave a frank appraisal of the process in which Mid Morning Matters ended up on Sky. “Mid Morning Matters was only there as an online project but because it took off we had interest from the BBC and Sky. We didn't take it to Sky because they offered more money, we took it to Sky because they said they would leave it alone, they wouldn't interfere,” he explained. MMM did indeed garner a huge online following, perhaps due to Steve Coogan’s previously successful characterisation of Partridge, but equally down to it’s tight script and compact, new-media-friendly style which made it an accessible (free) bite of online comedy. "[The BBC] said because it had gone out online they would put it out late night after Newsnight because it didn't feel like a new show. And if there was a new series could we open it up a bit and take it away from the radio station ... which for me was essential.”

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Malcolm Tucker Is Back! 'The Thick Of It' Returns This Autumn


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Good news for fans of 'The Thick Of It' and foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker - both the show and he are back! Peter Capaldi will be reprising the role of the sweary Scotsman who terrorised Whitehall in the previous series of the show as well as in his film appearance in the one-off spin-off 'In The Loop'.

Tucker will be joined by fellow regular MPs including Nicola Murray, played by Rebecca Front, and Peter Mannion, played by Roger Allam. Mannion is coping with life in a new coalition government, his new partner being Fergus Williams, played by 'Spooks' star Geoffrey Streatfeild. Speaking about the new series, creator Armando Iannucci commented "This series takes The Thick Of It into exciting and uncharted territory: a new coalition government, and Malcolm and Nicola fretting in the wings. For the first time too a storyline takes us all the way through the series right to the bitter, bitter end, with government and opposition convulsed in an incident that questions every political convention imaginable, but in a funny way."

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At The Sky Atlantic Launch At The Electric Cinema, Notting Hill

Jack Dee, Armando Iannucci and Steve Coogan - Adam Buxton, Jack Dee, Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci and Ronna & Beverly, real names Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo Thursday 31st May 2012 at the Sky Atlantic launch at The Electric Cinema, Notting Hill

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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Movie Review

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Movie Review

In bringing his iconic 1990s radio and TV character to the big screen, Coogan refreshingly...

In the Loop Movie Review

In the Loop Movie Review

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