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Live webchat with Armando Iannucci

(165 Posts)
RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 11-Nov-10 10:23:16

Much excitement at Mumsnet HQ as Armando Iannucci is going to be joining us next Tuesday (16th Nov) between 12 and 1 to answer your questions.

Armando has written and produced numerous television and radio comedy shows. 'The Thick of it' picked up 3 BAFTAS earlier this year and his screenplay for the film 'In The Loop' was nominated for an Oscar at this year's Academy Awards. He is currently working on a new comedy series for American network HBO, set in the Vice President's office at the White House and his latest book, The Thick of It: The Missing DoSAC Files is just out.

Armando is Patron of the Oxford Silver Star Society, a specialist care unit for mothers with difficult pregnancies, located at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital, and has led a successful campaign this summer to keep it open.

Put the date in your diary and if you're unable to join us next Tuesday lunchtime, post your questions to Armando here.

Eleison Tue 16-Nov-10 13:30:33

Thanks, Arm.

Euphemia Tue 16-Nov-10 13:33:37

Watch what he says on Twitter about us now. wink

Habbibu Tue 16-Nov-10 13:36:16

Thanks, Armando.

MmeLindt Tue 16-Nov-10 13:44:13

Great webchat, thanks.

AitchTwoOh Tue 16-Nov-10 13:56:56

yeah, euphemia, on his i-pad...

many thanks armando, will pass on message next time i speak to ronnie renton.

Longstocking2 Tue 16-Nov-10 14:06:21

Thanks Armando.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 16-Nov-10 16:00:19

We have a couple of other answers that Armando had sent over to us in advance which we'll post up now -

Snorbs Fri 12th 16:42
Any plans to do another series of Charm Offensive on R4? Or at least to persuade the lazy swine on R7 to broadcast the previous series?

ArmandoIanucci:
Hi Snorbs. Afraid not. I love doing Charm Offensive but, because it's topical, it has to be recorded the week Radio 4 has the slots and unfortunately the slots aren't coming up at the same time I'm free. We're looking at doing a new, non-topical show instead.

and

Habbibu - Sat 13th Nov 22.05
OK - here's one: Armando, why do you think there's no equivalent to the Daily Show on British TV? I guess the closest in terms of analysis is Bremner, Bird and Fortune - do you think something similar to DS would work here? Oh, and kudos for the John Radcliffe thing - I didn't know about it, and think it's great - having gone through two stressful pregnancies after complex losses, I'm well aware of the need for good specialist care (which thankfully I got in Dundee).

ArmandoIanucci - Thanks, Habbibu. Quite a few of you think there's not much satire these days. Don't know the answer why. Maybe it's our fault for getting so obsessed with celebs and reality. I still think Big Brother did untold damage to the quality of British TV/ our brains/ our society in general. In years to come, historians will bracket it with the Black Death.

Thanks also for the mention of The Silver Star unit. It's the only maternity specialist care unit of its kind outside London, taking in mum's with difficult pregnancies from hundreds of miles around. It's important that the Government is held firmly to its promise that, despite the cuts, the NHS is protected. There have been worrying signs already that it's been quietly put under pressure to make 'savings' and I don't think that was anything anyone agreed to at the General Election.

AitchTwoOh Tue 16-Nov-10 19:14:15

mr renton didn't teach him how to use the apostrophe... wink

Habbibu Tue 16-Nov-10 20:59:17

Just watched Friday Night Armistice again on YouTube - v funny.

I've realised that what I don't get about MN webchats is why people have to get trains and stuff. It's web-based - why couldn't he have been sitting in his own shed, train-trouble-free?

AitchTwoOh Tue 16-Nov-10 21:14:18

ikwym, habs. it's like they're not using the internet or something.

Habbibu Tue 16-Nov-10 21:31:23

And he had to bring his own computer anyway. So what was with all the travel? What do MNHQ actually do bar provide coffee and apparently no biscuits?

AitchTwoOh Tue 16-Nov-10 21:33:14

it's geraldinemumsnet, she's a fame whore. she wants her photo taken with all the schlebs.

narkypuffin Tue 16-Nov-10 23:44:08

Arse. I missed it.

'Eddie Grundy' style biscuit choice discussion would've been good.

everythingiseverything Wed 17-Nov-10 10:14:07

Maybe it's so they know they're not cheating, and it is actually them answering the questions!

GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 18-Nov-10 16:51:46

darn, I've been rumbled grin

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