The Thick of It

A History: Are Brits Better at Satire?

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No.

Actually, it would perhaps be more fitting if I said YES, yes they are, and then go on to claim that the Brits are better at anything that involves saying things you don’t literally mean. I could then claim that this is why ...

‘Veep’ Fans: A Guide to Armando Iannucci’s Comedy

This Sunday, the political comedy Veep makes a welcome return to HBO, expertly guided once more by the sure hand of Armando Iannucci.

Armando Iannucci: “I Want To Write A ‘Doctor Who’ Episode”

We already know that comedy writers make good Doctor Who writers – Douglas Adams, Mark Gatiss, Richard Curtis, to name but three – so amid all the global hoo-hah over whether Peter Jackson will get to direct an episode, let’s ...

Ten Of Britain’s Funniest Workplaces

Sitcoms often work best when they present characters stuck in a situation they feel unable to get out of, try as they might. And while there is a lot of scope for this kind of thing in the home, the best examples can be found in offices ...

Colin Morgan Cast in Magical Role

Merlin star Colin Morgan will be playing the sly spirit Ariel in the production of The Tempest at Shakespeare’s Globe, reports The Independent.

‘The Thick Of It’ Takes “Omnishambles” All The Way To The Dictionary

It’s always satisfying when smart modern words manage to make their way into everyday language next to all of those internet neologisms like LOL and totes amazeballs and whatnot, so hats off to the writing team behind the British ...

The Astonishing (And Very Sweary) Lineage of ‘Veep’

On April 22, HBO is showing a new TV comedy called Veep, in which Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays a former senator who has accepted the call to serve as Vice President of the United States. She soon finds that she’s out of her depth ...

BBC America Announces ‘Ministry of Laughs’ Comedy Block

Britcom fans can rejoice. BBC America has just announced that it is launching a new comedy block starting Saturday, June 18th. Come Fly With Me, Friday Night Dinner, and a new season of The Inbetweeners are among the titles acquired for premieres.

HBO Commissions New Comedy From 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 ...

Doctor Who Wins Writing Awards

While the WGA is striking, the Brits are handing out gongs: Doctor Who has won the Writers Guild of Great Britain award for Series Three over competitors Life On Mars and New Tricks. At the ceremony yesterday, Gareth Roberts and ...