Ian Martin (writer)

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

Martin was born in London and has lived in Lancaster since 1988.


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 event 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

Martin is married with two children and four grandchildren.

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]


  1. "Ian Martin". Casarotto.co.uk. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  2. "The Thick of It". BBC Two. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  3. Parker, Ian (26 March 2012). "Armando Iannucci, Writer of "Veep" on HBO". The New Yorker. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  4. "The Work of TV's Greatest Swearer Now on Hulu in 'The Thick of It'". The Daily Beast. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  5. "The Astonishing (And Very Sweary) Lineage of 'Veep' | Anglophenia". BBC America. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  6. "BFI Screenonline: Iannucci, Armando (1963–) Biography". www.screenonline.org.uk.
  7. "Ian Martin". Royal Academy. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  8. "The Death of Stalin". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  9. "BAFTA Awards Search | BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  10. "Home". martian.fm.
  11. "Ian Martin's stories". The Architects' Journal. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  12. "Ian Martin". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  13. "Time Trumpet – Credits". www.timetrumpet.co.uk. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016.
  14. Martin, Ian (2011). The Coalition Chronicles. Faber & Faber. ISBN 9780571276929. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  15. Iannucci, Armando; Armstrong, Jesse; Blackwell, Simon; Martin, Ian; Roche, Tony (2010). The Thick of It: The Missing DoSAC Files. Faber & Faber. ISBN 9780571272549. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  16. "HBO: Veep: About". HBO.
  17. Franklin, Oliver (25 June 2012). "The writers of Veep on US Politics, swearing and The Thick Of It – TV – GQ.COM (UK)". Gq-magazine.co.uk. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  18. Martin, Denise (16 May 2014). "Veep's Timothy Simons on Jonah's Near Victory". Vulture. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  19. Tony Sokol (20 April 2014). "Veep: Alicia, review". Denofgeek.us.
  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. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  21. Parker, James (20 April 2012). "What's It Like Having Power? How Would I Know?". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  22. "Ian Martin (V)". imdb.com. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  23. Rosenberg, Alyssa (4 April 2014). "How 'Veep' conquered Washington". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  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.
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