HBO Commissions New Comedy From Armando Iannucci

Armando Iannucci

If you’re a fan of uncomfortably brilliant UK comedy talent, we have astonishing news for you. It seems HBO has commissioned a new political comedy from Armando Iannucci, the man behind such enduring British classics as I’m Alan Partridge, The Thick Of It, and the Oscar-nominated In The Loop.

The show, which Armando describes as a “cousin of The Thick Of It,” will be called Veep, and is set in Washington DC. If you’ve seen The Thick Of It, you’ll know it’s an awkward political comedy set in the back-rooms of high government, and the central comedic thrust is that the people we elect into office aren’t always in total control of, well, anything.

Veep, which will be written and directed by Armando, follows the variable fortunes of US Vice President Selina Meyer — played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus — as she starts her challenging new job. Assisting her (or otherwise) will be Arrested Development’s Tony Hale, and In The Loop’s Anna Chlumsky.

AND if you’re a Thick Of It fan, and this news has worried you, fear not! There will be a fourth series of Veep’s British cousin, based around the curdling politics of a coalition government, coming soon.

C’mon, this is ALL going to be amazing, isn’t it? Tell us here.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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