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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.

AitchTwoOh Thu 11-Nov-10 14:02:36

he was lovely at school. bit geeky, mind, what with the debatey thing, but it's clearly paid off. everyone i know who knows him or has known him in the past is very proud of his success.

so aye, yes, who was your favourite teacher and why? sweaty? weebob? weed?

DownyEmerald Thu 11-Nov-10 20:47:34

Now my claim to fame is that I was at school with one of the other Thick of It writers - Jesse Armstrong. Sadly, this is still not impressing people as much as I think it should!

But, Armando - having loved Peter Capaldi since Local Hero, do you claim credit for casting him?

Prolesworth Thu 11-Nov-10 20:48:49

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AitchTwoOh Thu 11-Nov-10 21:02:42

heheh, too late Prolesy.

Jooker Fri 12-Nov-10 09:56:09

Will there be another series of TTOI now the Con-Dem's are in? Please say yes!

Eleison Fri 12-Nov-10 10:07:21

Armando, do you feel a little bit responsible for the Big Society? Is Nichola Murray actually the brains behind the Big Society, with her Fourth Sector Pathfinder People initiative?

"It's all about empowering ordinary people to do extraordinary things. The Fourth Sector is between the other three sectors, but it's also the periphery around them, so it's very much encompassing. It's incorporating, it's enveloping, within and without. We want to elect certain people as fourth sector pathfinders who are ordinary people doing extraordinary things within their community... but are not vigilantes."

That is way clearer than Cameron's exposition of the Big Society. Please can you be more careful in future about life imitating art?

mummymoods Fri 12-Nov-10 13:01:26

Great question from Eleison re Big Society.

My question is do you respect British politicians or do you think they're all in it for themselves? Would you ever consider standing yourself?!

Eleison Fri 12-Nov-10 14:52:00

Also, when (not if!) you do the Con-Dem Thick of It series, pleeese can you include a politician's webchat, like this one in which Nick Clegg was torn into little slithers by angry women and manfully pretended it wasn't happening?

ConstanceFelicity Fri 12-Nov-10 16:36:48

Oooooh! I love Armando Ianucci! <twirls skirt and flutters eyelashes shamelessly>

The Friday Night Armistice was absolutely brilliant, as is The Thick of It and In The Loop. However, I do think that comedy has dumbed down a little bit since late eighties/ early nineties. It's as if alternative comedy has made comics and tv executives afraid of talking about current affairs, because alternative comedy wasn't really that funny. What does Armando think of this?

Also, will he marry me? wink

AitchTwoOh Fri 12-Nov-10 16:40:44

lol at eleison's link. i had completely forgotten about 'PS i am not a tory'

Snorbs Fri 12-Nov-10 16:42:33

Armando, absolutely loving your work.

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?

southeastastra Fri 12-Nov-10 16:42:51

dear Armando

lots of mn posters weren't allowed to watch itv. were you?

southeastastra Fri 12-Nov-10 16:43:08

(as children i should add grin)

NigellaTufnel Fri 12-Nov-10 23:12:46

I am another one twirling and fluttering.

He has had me crying with laughter for many years. And as someone from the west of Scotland living in hell the Home Counties, his dulcet tones remind me of rain, and all those very clever and funny Glaswegian boys at university.

I need to go lie down now.

Oh, a question...

If you weren't doing a webchat on here, how would you make fun of Mumsnet? (I know this is a bit self referential, but the way that that Mumsnet has entered the political landscape always struck me as a bit strange. Great, but strange.)

And PS. thank you for getting Peter Capaldi back on our screens.

KnowNothingFool Sat 13-Nov-10 14:06:57

Hello Armando

What did you think about the Twitter Joke Trial and the #IAmSpartacus reaction by Twitter users?

(Sorry for the boring question. I couldn't think of an intelligent one)

badcoverversion Sat 13-Nov-10 18:41:16

Hello Armando,

I'm going to be terribly mundane and ask for your favourites of 2010...

Film / TV programme / Album /Book / Celeb ???

PS: Would you consider another series of Time Trumpet? Pretty please...

AitchTwoOh Sat 13-Nov-10 20:27:07

what IS that twitter joke trial thing, knownothing? i utterly cannot be arsed finding out for myself. as enjoyable as i find twitter (which is a bit), all the gang gag stuff i find as amusing as armpit farting (which is not much).

Eleison Sat 13-Nov-10 20:30:59

Not much arsing needed Aitch. Here.

Habbibu Sat 13-Nov-10 20:35:02

Oh, fantastic! Cannot think of a question right now, but marking my place joyfully.

Like the straight in there school link, Aitch. masterful. All I can do is some bloke from Brookside years ago.

AitchTwoOh Sat 13-Nov-10 20:54:31

aaaaw, that's nice. he got a girlfriend.
besides that, very amusing all that but still a bit groupthinky for me. in fact, that to me is the whole yick about twitter, it's a hive mind headed up by davina mccall.

AitchTwoOh Sat 13-Nov-10 20:55:37

and OF COURSE you can do some bloke from brookie, habs. of course. grin

Habbibu Sat 13-Nov-10 20:58:57


I went to university with Susan Calman. That gives me 6 degrees of separation from all radio comedy these days.

Habbibu Sat 13-Nov-10 21:00:12

Twitter is redeemed by Armando Iannucci, though - master of the random pithy comment.

<fawn fawn>

AitchTwoOh Sat 13-Nov-10 21:00:15

heheheh. <squeaky scottish voice>

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