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The Armando Iannucci Shows

Premier :: 2001-08-30

on Channel 4

Genre :: Comedy

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The Armando Iannucci Shows is a series of eight programmes directed by Armando Iannucci and written by Iannucci, David Schneider, Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil. It was shown on UK's Channel 4 in October 2001. Each show had a rough theme, often somewhat existentialist in nature, around which Iannucci would weave a series of surreal sketches and monologues. Recurring themes in the episodes are the superficiality of modern culture, our problems communicating with each other, the mundane nature of working life and feelings of personal inadequacy and social awkwardness. Several characters also make repeat appearances in the shows, including the East End thug, who solves every problem with threats of violence; Hugh, an old man who delivers surreal monologues about what things were like in the old days; and Iannucci's barber, who is full of nonsensical anecdotes.

Latest Episode

Series 1 - Episode 4 - Imagination
Aired - 18 October 2001

Episode summary:

Armando believes that the imagination is a wonderful thing, allowing us to come up with any image, such as the cast of Cats being shot at dawn. Everyone attempts to try to become more imaginative, such as profane gardening and improving suicide notes. However, the greatest worry is people starving to death due to there being too many golf sales. This episode was originally aired last in the series, providing a surprisingly fitting conclusion in which Armando, by taunting animals with various human inventions, seems to have accidentally taught them how to take over the world.

Watch Episodes Online - Episode Guide

+ Series 1

+ Episode - 8 Reality Aired - 11 October 2001
+ Episode - 7 Morality Aired - 13 September 2001
+ Episode - 6 Neighbours Aired - 04 October 2001
+ Episode - 5 Time Passing Aired - 27 September 2001
+ Episode - 4 Imagination Aired - 18 October 2001
+ Episode - 3 Communication Aired - 20 September 2001
+ Episode - 2 Work Aired - 06 September 2001
+ Episode - 1 Twats Aired - 30 August 2001

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