Armando Iannucci to deliver MacTaggart lecture at Edinburgh TV Festival

The Thick of It creator will use his keynote speech to discuss the future of BBC funding and the changing way people view programmes

Armando Iannucci is to deliver the MacTaggart keynote lecture at this year’s Edinburgh International Television Festival in August.


Iannucci, who created political satire The Thick Of It and co-wrote I’m Alan Partridge, will discuss the future of the BBC’s funding ahead of its charter renewal, what TV channels are for, and the changing way people view programmes, according to organisers.

In a statement announcing his appearance, Iannuci said: “In the current climate where no one knows what the hell is going to happen to TV schedules, revenues, watching habits, funding, quality control, the BBC, investment, licence fees, charters, and government interference, I’m terribly excited to be asked to join the debate in this, perhaps our most spectacularly clueless year.

“Nobody knows anything, and in my MacTaggart lecture, I’m sure that will become abundantly clear. I’ll do my very best, thought, to show why TV still matters.”

Past guests invited to deliver the MacTaggart include Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Paxman, James Murdoch and sister Elisabeth, who was last year’s speaker. The memorial lecture was named in honour of the writer, producer and director James MacTaggart who died in 1974.


This year the festival – which takes place from 26th to 28th August – celebrates its 40th birthday and will also see Sherlock executive producer Beryl Vertue receive the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.