James Bachman

Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive
  • Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive

  • Creator of 'The Thick of It' & 'I'm Alan Partridge', Armando Iannucci hosts the complete 4th series of his award-winning show. Series guests include Phill Jupitus, David Mitchell, Dave Gorman, Dara O'Briain, Miranda Hart and Chris Addison ('In The Loop'). Armando Iannucci and his guests pull apart the news with a heady mix of topical comedy, messed-about archive, chat and outrageous fibs, recorded in front of a live studio audience. Across the series, with Britain looking forward to the 2012 Olympics they'll be considering possible new sporting events such as Single Mumming, 4 x 100 Teenage Pregnancies & Turkey Twizzling. Plus they study some interesting animal facts such as 'Plankton always drift anti-clockwise, and form giant funny faces when no-one's looking' and 'Young adult pigs have started to emulate human behaviour by eating rubbish, drinking a lot and getting slaughtered'. Another episode sees the collapse of the financial markets and the team ask who they'd like to see collapse next?. 'I'd like to see Hallmark collapse, like a house of cards' and 'I'd like to see Damien Hirst collapse. In front of me. So I could then sell his skull at auction' are just two of the answers... And further, in the week where Barack Obama said to Sarah Palin 'You can't put lipstick on a pig' our panel realize animal metaphors are this season's must have and are hotter than a peacock on a spacehopper. Other exciting new modern maxims include 'You can't put a wig on a goldfish' and 'Too many cooks are on the telly'. 'The best comedy on radio' - The Independent.

Armando Iannucci is a writer, director and producer who first became successful as part of the cult comedy team involved in On the Hour and The Day Today. He then presented the satirical comedy show Saturday Night Armistice and wrote and starred in the surreal sketch series The Armando Iannucci Shows before creating the BAFTA Award-winning comedy The Thick of It. A movie spin-off, In The Loop, was released in 2009 to great acclaim. This in turn led to an HBO series, Veep, which has won numerous awards including four Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award. James Bachman is an actor, comedian and writer who has appeared in numerous TV comedy shows including Saxondale, Hyperdrive,The Mighty Boosh, 15 Storeys High, Comedy Nation and The 11 O'Clock Show. He was also a regular cast member on That Mitchell and Webb Sound for BBC Radio 4. His writing credits include Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive. Jon Holmes is an eight-time Sony Award and double BAFTA-winning writer, comedian and broadcaster. His radio credits include writing and performing on The Now Show, co-creating and writing Dead Ringers, writing and being a regular panellist on The 99p Challenge and working with Armando Iannucci on his Sony Award-winning Charm Offensive.