Armando Iannucci is one of the most successful comedy writers and producers working today. In 1991 he received widespread acclaim for the satirical Radio 4 programme On The Hour, which he reinvented with co-writer Chris Morris as the multiple award-winning The Day Today (BBC2). Working with Steve Coogan, Peter Baynham and Patrick Marber, he also oversaw the creation and development of comedy character Alan Partridge, and turned performer himself with satirical show The Saturday Night Armistice. He has written a number of books including Facts and Fancies and The Audacity of Hype. Jesse Armstrong is the co-creator and co-writer of the award-winning Channel 4 comedy Peep Show. He has also written for Channel 4 sketch show Smack the Pony and the children's series My Parents Are Aliens (CITV).?Before becoming a full-time writer in 1997, he worked for a Labour MP and a member of the shadow Home Affairs team. Simon Blackwell is currently writing a second series of The Old Guys for BBC1, and writes episodes of Peep Show (Channel 4). He also created and penned the Spitfire pilot sketches on The Armstrong and Miller Show (BBC1). Formerly a chief writer on Have I Got News For You, Simon's other credits include Alistair McGowan's Big Impression (BBC2), The Kumars at No. 42, Monkey Trousers, and the BAFTA-winning The Sketch Show, which re-emerged on US television starring Kelsey Grammar. Ian Martin joined The Thick Of It as 'swearing consultant' on Series 1 and is now part of the writing team. He wrote for the Oscar-nominated film In the Loop and was a major contributor to The Thick of It: The Missing DoSAC Files, published by Faber in November 2010. Ian has written for radio and newspapers. He edits the satirical website www.martian.fm and produces weekly columns for the Architects' Journal and the Times Educational Supplement. He lives in Lancaster. Tony Roche is a TV and radio comedy writer. He created the Radio 4 series World of Pub and later adapted it for BBC2. His other credits include The All New Harry Hill Show (ITV1), Alistair McGowan's Big Impression (BBC2), Smith & Jones (BBC1) and Dead Ringers (Radio 4). He also wrote and directed the award-winning short film How to Tell When a Relationship is Over.