Articles Tagged 'Armando Iannucci'

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Forget Harvard: Which of Your Favorite Stars Are Oxford Grads?

When it comes to prestige, the British education system works on a fairly simple hierarchy. There’s no Ivy League, no jostling for position. There is Oxford University and its many colleges, and there is Cambridge University and its many colleges, and then there is everywhere else. That’s not to say Manchester or Durham or Edinburgh […]


‘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. For over 20 years, Armando has been making comedy out of the twin monsters of media and politics, starting on radio, with the spoof news show On The Hour, and then making the […]

Doctor Who

‘Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: Farewell Mr. Smith!

Before we delve into the everything, let’s take a moment. We all know that 2013 is the final year of the Eleventh Doctor, and we all know that they are filming the Doctor Who Christmas special right now. But you may not have realized that Matt Smith has officially finished filming Doctor Who. His Doctor may have […]

Steven Moffat

‘Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: An Outstanding Achievement

Last night, Doctor Who won two trophies at the TV Choice awards, and Broadchurch (which we’re counting as a Whovian endeavor) scooped up two more. Practically a clean sweep. Doctor Who won in the Best Drama category, and was given the Outstanding Achievement award in recognition of 50 years of good work across all 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 spare a moment to create our own little extra hoo-hah (technically a Who-hah) over the […]

Mark Gatiss

The Top 5 Unsettling Cameos Of Mark Gatiss

Yesterday, the web was abuzz with the news that Mark Gatiss – Sherlock’s brother Mycroft Holmes, among many other things – is going to join the cast of Game of Thrones for a bit of sword and sorcery action. It’s not the first time the comedian, writer and actor has made his mark as a special […]

James Gandolfini

A Momentary Tribute To The Passing Of A Giant – James Gandolfini

This may possibly not be the place to put an extravagant eulogy to James Gandolfini, the immortal Tony Soprano, who died yesterday from a suspected heart attack. For one thing, he wasn’t British, for another, the bulk of his most notable work was on American shores. But, as with anyone that followed The Sopranos, anyone […]


WATCH: ‘Veep’ Season Two Trailer

We spend quite a bit of time talking about British shows that may see the light of day in America, or may not, so it’s a pleasure to be able to jump up and down about a British success story that you’ll get to see before they do. Armando Iannucci’s astonishing Vice-Presidential comedy Veep, starring Julia […]

Armando Ianucci: “Not All Americans Are Brilliant”

Forgive the slight twisting of a quote, but Armando Iannucci, the man behind a gushing fountain of satirical British comedy, including The Day Today, the ever-evolving, ever-wondrous Alan Partridge franchise, The Thick Of It, and his latest, Veep, has been issuing harsh words for the TV execs that attempted to make an American version of […]

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