Entry updated 29 May 2023. Tagged: Author, TV.
(1963- ) Scottish performer, screenwriter, Television producer and author, who perhaps remains best known for his co-creation of the fictional documentarist and self-promoter Alan Partridge for the BBC Radio 4 Satirical fake-documentary series On the Hour (1991-1992), which moved to BBC2 television as The Day Today (1994 7 episodes). A later spoof documentary, Time Trumpet (2006 6 episodes), views the first decades of the twenty-first century from the year 2031. Iannucci was showrunner for the television series Avenue 5 (2020-2022 17 episodes), set in the Near Future on an interplanetary AI-run cruise Spaceship (see Ship of Fools) which suffers a malfunction, forcing its scapegrace cast into untoward intimacy as Avenue 5 struggles back towards Earth.
Prose Satires, combining fictional and nonfictional elements, have been assembled as Facts and Fancies (coll 1997) and The Audacity of Hype: Bewilderment, Sleaze and Other Tales of the 21st Century (coll 2019). Pandemonium: Some Verses on the Current Predicament (2021 chap) is a narrative poem focusing on the Covid Pandemic and satirizing the farcical response of the UK government to the genuine crisis it presented; the rhetoric of the verse hints strongly at the fantastic. [JC]
Armando Giovanni Iannucci
born Glasgow, Scotland: 28 November 1963
- Facts and Fancies (London: Michael Joseph, 1997) [coll: fiction/nonfiction: hb/]
- The Audacity of Hype: Bewilderment, Sleaze and Other Tales of the 21st Century (London: Little, Brown, 2019) [coll: fiction/nonfiction: pb/]
- Pandemonium: Some Verses on the Current Predicament (London: Little, Brown, 2021) [poem: chap: illus/hb/Andy Riley]
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