Ian Martin (writer)

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Ian Martin (born 1953) is an English comedy writer.[1] Martin was a writer for the BAFTA-winning BBC series The Thick Of It,[2] he was famously hired as "swearing consultant"[3][4][5] in 2005 by the show's creator, Armando Iannucci,[6] for Series 1 of the political satire and went on to become a full member of the writing team.[7] He won an Emmy for his writing across five series of VEEP and was BAFTA nominated for co-writing The Death of Stalin.[8][9]

Early life[edit]

Martin was born in London and has lived in Lancaster since 1988.[citation needed]


Ian Martin edits the satirical website MARTIAN FM,[10] he is a weekly columnist for the Architects' Journal[11] and a regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper.[12]

Other credits include writing additional material for the 2009 Oscar-nominated film In the Loop, the 2007 Armando Iannucci-created series Time Trumpet[13] and several series of the radio show Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive.

He is the author of The Coalition Chronicles (2011)[14] a satirical and scatalogical account of a year in the parliamentary life of the Coalition government,[14] he was a leading contributor to The Missing DoSAC Files (2010).[15]

On 9 June 2014, Ian Martin gave a lecture at the Royal Academy in an evening hosted by writer and broadcaster Patrick Wright as part of the 2014 Festival of Architecture.[7]

Martin was a writer and supervising producer for the HBO series Veep,[16][17][18] having written on five seasons[19][20][21] and having acted the role of Dave Wickford in Season 2.[22] In 2014 Armando Iannucci described Ian Martin in the Washington Post as being “very good at making the language of political debate suddenly become nonsensical.”[23]

Martin's radio play The Hartlepool Spy, concerning the Hartlepool monkey, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Christmas Day 2018, with a cast including Michael Palin, Jim Moir (better known as Vic Reeves), Toby Jones, Gina McKee and Monica Dolan.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Martin is married with two children and four grandchildren.[citation needed]

In August 2015, Martin endorsed Jeremy Corbyn's campaign in the Labour Party leadership election, he wrote in The Guardian: "To win over public opinion, Labour must reflect it. Is that right? I think that's right. I think that's why they're all doing this synchronised frowning at poor repellent-ebullient Jeremy Corbyn and pretending he's a weirdo."[25]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Ian Martin". Casarotto.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-09.
  2. ^ "The Thick of It - BBC Two". BBC.
  3. ^ Parker, Ian (2012-03-26). "Armando Iannucci, Writer of "Veep" on HBO". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2014-06-09.
  4. ^ "The Work of TV's Greatest Swearer Now on Hulu in 'The Thick of It'". The Daily Beast. 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2014-06-09.
  5. ^ "The Astonishing (And Very Sweary) Lineage of 'Veep' | Anglophenia". BBC America. 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2014-06-09.
  6. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Iannucci, Armando (1963-) Biography". www.screenonline.org.uk.
  7. ^ a b "Ian Martin | Event | Royal Academy of Arts". Royalacademy.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-09.
  8. ^ The Death of Stalin, retrieved 2018-08-07
  9. ^ "BAFTA Awards Search | BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  10. ^ "Home". martian.fm.
  11. ^ "Ian Martin at the Architects' Journal".
  12. ^ "Ian Martin". the Guardian.
  13. ^ "Time Trumpet - Credits". www.timetrumpet.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ a b Ian Martin (2011). The Coalition Chronicles. Faber & Faber. ISBN 9780571276929. Retrieved 2014-06-09.
  15. ^ Armando Iannucci; Jesse Armstrong; Simon Blackwell; Ian Martin; Tony Roche (2010). The Thick of It: The Missing DoSAC Files. Faber & Faber. ISBN 9780571272549. Retrieved 2014-06-09.
  16. ^ "HBO: Veep: About". HBO.
  17. ^ Franklin, Oliver (2012-06-25). "The writers of Veep on US Politics, swearing and The Thick Of It - TV - GQ.COM (UK)". Gq-magazine.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-09.
  18. ^ Martin, Denise (2014-05-16). "Veep's Timothy Simons on Jonah's Near Victory". Vulture. Retrieved 2014-06-09.
  19. ^ Tony Sokol (2014-04-20). "Veep: Alicia, review". Denofgeek.us. Retrieved 2014-06-09.
  20. ^ "Veep, Ep 2.05: "Helsinki" explores how D.C. operates in Meyer's absence, while putting the Vice-President in a number of delicate situations". Sound On Sight. 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2014-06-09.
  21. ^ "The New York Times". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-06-09.
  22. ^ "Ian Martin (V)". imdb.com. Retrieved 2014-06-09.
  23. ^ Rosenberg, Alyssa (2014-04-04). "How 'Veep' conquered Washington". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2014-06-09.
  24. ^ "The Hartlepool Spy". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  25. ^ Martin, Ian (4 August 2015). "Public opinion doesn't matter in the Labour leadership election. I'm following my conscience and Jeremy Corbyn". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 July 2017.