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Live webchat with Armando Iannucci

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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.

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

darn, I've been rumbled grin

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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

Arse. I missed it.

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

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.

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 21:14:18

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

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 19:14:15

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

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?

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.


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.

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

Thanks Armando.

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.

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

Great webchat, thanks.

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

Thanks, Armando.

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

Watch what he says on Twitter about us now. wink

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

Thanks, Arm.

ArmandoIanucci Tue 16-Nov-10 13:29:42

bye bye everyone. sorry for the delay, sorry it's gone so quickly, sorry I haven't answered every question, sorry for the profuse apologies at the end.

Arm x

AnnOnimous Tue 16-Nov-10 13:28:36

Brilliant web chat, thanks to Armando and everyone for interesting topics.

ArmandoIanucci Tue 16-Nov-10 13:27:24


Forget about the marriage offers, he's married to a very very lovely lady.

Arm you loon, you may live to regret doing this grin

I can indeed vouch that I am (married to a lovely lovely lady, that is. Not, a loon. Though I may be that as well.)

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 16-Nov-10 13:27:19

We'll have to bring the chat to a close now as Aramando has to rush off - huge thanks to Armando for joining us and thanks to you all for sending in so many questions.

everythingiseverything Tue 16-Nov-10 13:25:03

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ArmandoIanucci Tue 16-Nov-10 13:23:48



On a happiness scale of one to ten, how happy are you?

[Stolen from BBC news this morning]

I'm assuming 1 is Terribly Miserable and 10 is Unbelievably Elated? I think i'm currently 7: Reasonably Up-Beat with a Smattering of Apprehension

ArmandoIanucci Tue 16-Nov-10 13:21:50



What three words would you use to describe the BBC boat you found yourself aboard on election night?


Groaning. Grounded. Grim

ArmandoIanucci Tue 16-Nov-10 13:21:04


Hi Armando,
So sorry about your train trials today - we're gutted you couldn't make it into the Towers (we had Jammy Dodgers and everything).

Many think Stewart Pearson, the Tory communications ad-guru type character, is a thinly-veiled portrait of DC's chief strategist, Steve Hilton (right down to the balding dress down look). But actually he's the one most ideologically set on about the Big Society etc, according to those in the know. Do you think your portrayal is a bit unfair/two dimensional?

And do you give a monkeys grin?

It's never meant to be an impression. I'm told the real Steve Hilton is madder. I was also told people in the Tory Party tried to prevent him ever hearing about it, in case he suspected a mole. The sad truth is, we make a lot of stuff up, then politicians get in touch after wards and say 'How on earth did you find that out? we thought we'd kept it quiet?'

sickofsocalledexperts Tue 16-Nov-10 13:20:14

I know I've had a question, but am wanting desperately to ask a) will they bring out any more Thick of it script books, love love love the one I have and b) is (Lord ) Julius Nicholson really John Birt, and does he famously have a thing for biscuits, or is that some abstruse reference for something more unsavoury? Aware you can't answer re Birt due to legal action, but can you give a hint?!

beansprout Tue 16-Nov-10 13:19:40


What three words would you use to describe the BBC boat you found yourself aboard on election night?


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