Armando Iannucci

The Death of Stalin on DVD and Blu-ray

The Death of Stalin is out now on DVD and Blu-ray. Armando Iannucci’s critically acclaimed film follows the final moments of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s life and the pandemonium that came after his death, with those closest to him fighting for their chance at power. The dark [...]

February 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

David Copperfield with Iannucci

Armando Iannucci is directing a new adaptation of David Copperfield. The Personal History of David Copperfield will be Armando’s third film as director after In the Loop and The Death of Stalin. He has co-written the script with Simon Blackwell (Back, The Thick of It). Dev Patel (Lion, [...]

February 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How and Whom?

The BBC has told us what we can expect from Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How and Whom? which is set to air over Christmas. They say: “It has been a quarter of a century since a little known sports reporter was given his own radio chat show by the BBC. Two radio series, five TV series, [...]

November 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

Iannucci on RHLSTP

Armando Iannucci is the latest guest on Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, or as the cool kids are calling it RHLSTP. Armando discusses his new film The Death of Stalin, which is in UK cinemas now, covering topics such as the casting of actors from varied backgrounds [...]

November 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

Space Comedy Pilot for Iannucci

Armando Iannucci is making a sci-fi comedy pilot for American TV network HBO. Avenue 5 (working title) is described as a comedy set in the future, mostly in space. The pilot will be Iannucci’s first work for HBO since leaving Veep and it is due to film in London next year. Meanwhile, [...]

September 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Death of Stalin Trailer

The first official trailer for The Death of Stalin has been released.  Adapted by Armando Iannucci (The Thick Of It, I’m Alan Partridge), David Schneider (The Day Today, I’m Alan Partridge) and Ian Martin (The Thick Of It , Time Trumpet) from a graphic novel of the same [...]

August 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

New Book from Armando Iannucci

Armando Iannucci’s new book Hear Me Out is now available to pre-order. The man behind I’m Alan Partridge and The Thick Of It is a big classical music fan, and his new book explores this passion. In Hear Me Out, he has written about a range of composers from classical greats such [...]

July 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

Podcast Highlights

So many podcasts, so little time. Here’s a handy list of British podcast episodes that feature the people we cover at TVO. The Comedian’s Comedian In this long-running podcast, stand-up comedian Stuart Goldsmith interviews fellow stand-ups about how and why they do comedy. Things [...]

April 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

Vic Goes Gaga For Dada

Jim Moir, aka Vic Reeves, will present Gaga for Dada: The Original Art Rebels on BBC Four. The channel has just announced its BBC Four Goes Conceptual season, which will include a special programme to mark the 100th anniversary of Dada presented by Jim Moir, better known as Vic Reeves. In the [...]

August 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

Iannucci Interviews Coogan

A few weeks ago we told you about an event which was being run by The Guardian to mark the publication of Steve Cogan’s memoir Easily Distracted.  The event featured Steve in conversation with long-time collaborator and fellow comedy legend, Armando Iannucci. Tickets were notoriously difficult [...]

October 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

See Coogan In Conversation With Iannucci

Next month The Guardian will be hosting an event which features two eye-wateringly iconic comedy pioneers ON STAGE TOGETHER, in the form of Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci. Yes, seriously. Iannucci has been a long-term friend, colleague and collaborator of Steve’s, and their joint [...]

September 16, 2015 // 1 Comment

So Hot Right Now #25

Welcome to The Velvet Onion – the central hub for an interconnected range of alternative comedy and more. Click through for the latest news, and see what’s so hot right now THIS WEEK below… PIECES This week sees the online debut of Jack Weatherley‘s sublime short [...]

April 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Chris Morris Radio Retrospective

Next Saturday the BBC will broadcast a three-hour tribute programme devoted to the radio work of new wave comedy pioneer, Chris Morris. ‘Raw Meat Radio’ will look back at Morris’ radio career, and will include rarely-heard archive material. Mary Anne Hobbs (who we’ve been [...]

November 23, 2014 // 1 Comment

Fifty 2

This coming weekend sees the culmination of BBC 2’s anniversary celebrations from a TVO perspective, as the fifty year old channel revives some of it’s biggest comedy smashes for a series of one-off specials. Top of the hitlist is Harry & Paul’s Story of the 2s – a [...]

May 20, 2014 // 1 Comment

Own The Thick Of It Signed Scripts!

Here at TVO, we have a huge soft spot for The Thick of It. We haven’t mentioned the show nearly as much as we should have: after all, most of it’s run was before The Velvet Onion was ‘planted’, and last year’s final run got an awful lot of publicity without us… [...]

March 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Back in the Thick

Acclaimed political satire The Thick of It returns for a long-awaited fourth and final season this weekend, and we’ve got a selection of pictures from the new run to celebrate. The show, which focuses on fictional representatives of both major parties in UK government, was created by Alan [...]

September 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

Morris Directs!

You may yet to be acquainted with it, but Veep is a new HBO-produced TV comedy that launches in the UK on Sky Atlantic tomorrow. The fact that it’s created by Armando Iannucci means that it’s going to be worth watching, but what makes is particularly exciting to us is that Chris [...]

June 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

Aha! Partridge On The Silver Screen

After years of rumours, this week it was confirmed that the Alan Partridge movie is definitely happening! The feature-length Partridge film, starring Steve Coogan, will be shot later this year and is due for release in 2013. Armando Iannucci has been working on the script with Coogan, and Neil and [...]

May 2, 2012 // 1 Comment