Armando Iannucci is a world-renowned Scottish writer, satirist and producer. An OBE and multi-award winner including multiple Emmys and TV Baftas, he has created some of the most successful and well-known American and British shows of all time.
Now his highly-rated dark comedy The Death of Stalin is available to buy and own on the BT TV Store, we've rounded up five of his most beloved projects to date.
The Death of Stalin
The Death of Stalin stars Boardwalk Empire's Steve Buscemi, Transparent and Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor and Monty Python legend Michael Palin. Tracing the momentous historic event when Russian dictator and power juggernaut Joseph Stalin died in 1953, the power struggle is reimagined to a surprisingly hilarious degree.
Armando served as the writer and director of the film, which currently holds an incredible 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and he described how he hoped the show's black comedy aspect would "take the audience out of their comfort zone and further than they fought they might". Edgy and definitely funny, The Death of Stalin has already won multiple awards, including Empire Award for Best Comedy.
The hugely-popular American political satire Veep, starring Seinfeld's Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is in fact created by Armando. Running six series to date and expecting a seventh and final next year, it is an American adaptation of his equally successful British political satire show The Thick of It. Veep stars Julia as fictional vice president Selina Meyer who initially struggles for influence and recognition. As the series progresses, we learn of her various trials and tribulations in her personal life which she must underplay to maintain the little political influence she has.
The Thick of It
Veep's predecessor, The Thick of It, was created by Armando in 2005 and it ran for four series. Starring Peter Capaldi, Chris Addison and Joanna Scanlan (amongst other well-known British names), it was set within a fictionalised version of the government in which the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker (Capaldi), advisor to the Minister of Social Affairs, is engulfed in a torrid world of political strife and spin doctoring. Praised for both its humour and intricate look at the ins and outs of a proposed media government department, The Thick of It took home many prestigious awards, including British Academy Television Award for Best Scripted Comedy.
I’m Alan Partridge
It's a show that launched a thousand memes, inside jokes and impressions. The ridiculously funny BBC comedy I'm Alan Partridge first aired way back in 1997 but remains a highly popular and talked-about show even today. Starring comedian Steve Coogan and co-written by Armando, Coogan and Peter Baynham, it shows the comedic downfall of a local radio DJ and failed television presenter Alan Partridge who is desperate for friends, money and fame. A massive success, it was named 38th best British television series of all time by the British Film Institute.
In the Loop
Capaldi returned as Malcolm Tucker for this Armando directed and co-written satire about British-American politics starring the late James Gandolfini, Tom Hollander and Steve Coogan. A spin-off from the aforementioned and immensely popular series The Thick of It, it tells the complicated yet hilarious tale of American and British political operatives and their involvement specifically in the start of an Iraq-style conflict. This 2009 movie took home multiple awards including the 2010 Empire Award for Best Comedy.
The Death of Stalin is available to buy now on the BT TV Store.
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