Our Man Iannucci

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Our Man Iannucci

The satirical comedy The Thick of It – the third series of which is currently being broadcast by the Beeb – is officially my favourite TV programme of the year.  This is quite an achievement considering this household doesn’t watch TV anymore.

Isn’t the BBC iPlayer a wonderful thing?

The Thick of It is produced and directed by Armando Iannucci, who also produced and directed In The Loop, my favourite comedy feature film of 2009.  I am, as you might guess, a fan of Armando Iannucci.

This is nothing new.  I’ve been an admirer of Iannucci’s work since he co-created the seminal parody news programme The Day Today with the legendary Chris Morris (and, for that matter, it’s Radio 4 predecessor On The Hour).   I’m particularly fond, though, of his often overlooked late-90s satire show The Saturday Night Armistice, which he co-presented with Day Today alumni David Schneider and Peter Baynham.

This is my favourite moment from the show:

While I’m on the subject, I also heartily recommend Channel Four’s The Armando Iannucci Shows (2001).  It was a sketch-based series which included the following gem (appropriately entitled ‘Twats’):

You can pick up a DVD collecting all eight episodes of The Armando Iannucci Shows from many online outlets for less than a fiver.

I mention this on the offchance you’re stuck for something to buy me this Christmas.


About the Author:

My name is Tom Lennon and I'm a freelance writer who specialises in humour at the geekier end of the pop culture spectrum. I'm based in Birmingham, UK, and my work has recently appeared in BuzzFeed and Time Out.

One Comment

  1. Rol December 9, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I’m really growing to love The Thick Of It, though last week’s episode was pretty traumatic. Was that an end of series cliffhanger?

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