Ian Martin (writer)

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Ian Martin (born 1953) is an English Emmy award-winning comedy writer.[1] Ian 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]

Ian Martin is also a writer and supervising producer for the WGA Award winning[8] HBO series Veep,[9][10][11] having written on all seasons[12][13][14] and having acted the role of Dave Wickford in Season 2.[15] 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.”[16]

Ian Martin edits the satirical website MARTIAN FM,[17] he is a weekly columnist for the Architects' Journal[18] and a regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper.[19]

He is the author of The Coalition Chronicles (2011)[20] a satirical and scatalogical account of a year in the parliamentary life of the Coalition government.[20] He was a leading contributor to The Missing DoSAC Files (2010).[21]

Other credits include writing additional material for the 2009 Oscar-nominated film In the Loop, the 2007 Armando Iannucci-created series Time Trumpet[22] and several series of the radio show Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive.

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 born in London. He has lived in Lancaster since 1988. He is married with two children and three grandchildren.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Ian Martin". Casarotto.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  2. ^ The Thick Of It on 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. ^ Armando Iannucci biography and credits at the British Film Institute's Screenonline
  7. ^ a b "Ian Martin | Event | Royal Academy of Arts". Royalacademy.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  8. ^ "Writers Guild Awards". Wga.org. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  9. ^ Veep on HBO
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ Martin, Denise (2014-05-16). "Veep's Timothy Simons on Jonah's Near Victory". Vulture. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  12. ^ Tony Sokol (2014-04-20). "Veep: Alicia, review". Denofgeek.us. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  13. ^ "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. 
  14. ^ "The New York Times". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  15. ^ "Ian Martin (V)". imdb.com. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  16. ^ Rosenberg, Alyssa (2014-04-04). "How 'Veep' conquered Washington". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  17. ^ Martian FM's website
  18. ^ Ian Martin at the Architects' Journal
  19. ^ Ian Martin at The Guardian
  20. ^ a b Ian Martin (2011). The Coalition Chronicles. Faber & Faber. ISBN 9780571276929. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ Time Trumpet credits