Tony
Roche

Comedy writer and writer for film and television
Tony is a key member of the team responsible for the multi-award winning comedy The Thick of It and its spin-off feature film, In The Loop which was released in the UK and US in 2009 and nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars.

He was Executive Producer and writer on four series of Armando Iannucci's HBO comedy series, Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Tony won an Emmy for writing the Election Night episode of series 4 as well as an Emmy as an Exec Producer when Veep won Best Comedy Series. 

Tony was Executive Producer and writer on series one of HBO's new hit show Succession, and is currently working on series 2. He is also co-developing Avenue Five, a new space comedy, with Armando Iannucci.

Tony's original screenplay Holy Flying Circus was produced by Hillbilly Television and directed by Owen Harris. It was broadcast on BBC4 in Autumn 2012.  Starring Darren Boyd, Charles Edwards and Steve Punt, the film recounted (in Pythonesque fashion) the controversy surrounding Life of Brian, was acclaimed by critics and was nominated for a Best Single Drama Bafta Award

Tony Roche's early writing assignments included scripts for Alan Davies on his Radio 1 show and John Shuttleworth's on Radio 4. His first original series World of Pub debuted on radio and transferred to BBC2 starring Peter Serafinowicz, Kevin Eldon and Phil Cornwall.

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Television

Writer & Executive Producer

New space comedy co-created with Armando Iannucci

HBO
Creator Jesse Armstrong
Producer Adam Mckay
Starring
  • Brian Cox
  • Kieran Culkin
  • Sarah Snook
  • Jeremy Strong
  • Matthew Macfadyen
  • Series 2 currently in development

    HBO
    Veep: Series 1-4
    Emmy award for Best Writing in a Comedy Series
    11 x 30'
    Creator Armando Iannucci
    Producer Armando Iannucci
    Starring
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Tony Hale
  • Award winning TV comedy about the Vice-President's office

    HBO

    Writer

    Creator Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong
    Producer Judy Counihan
    Starring
  • Zawe Ashton
  • Greg McHugh
  • Kimberley Nixon
  • Joe Thomas
  • Award-winning student drama.

    Objective Productions for Channel 4
    The Thick of It: Series 1-4
    Winner RTS Awards: Comedy Writing; BAFTA Winner: Best Sitcom
    21 x 30'
    Creator Armando Ianucci
    Director Armando Ianucci
    Starring
  • Roger Allam
  • Peter Capaldi
  • Vincent Franklin
  • Rebecca Front
  • Award-winning satirical comedy.

    BBC Productions for BBC2
    Producer Rob Aslett
    Starring
  • Chris Addison
  • Elizabeth Berrington
  • Alun Cochrane
  • Charles Edwards
  • New sitcom co-written with Simon Blackwell and Chris Addison about the aftermath of an affair
    Avalon for Sky Living
    Creator Peter Capaldi
    Producer Adam Tandy
    Director Peter Capaldi
    Starring
  • Peter Capaldi
  • Terry Gilliam
  • Alex MacQueen
  • Lindsay Marshal
  • Spoof documentary about the 'history' of a long forgotten film studio in north London co-written with Peter Capaldi

    BBC Productions for BBC4
    Producer Emma Stain
    Director Juliet May
    Starring
  • Miranda Hart
  • Patricia Hodge
  • Second series of the popular comedy
    BBC Productions for BBC2
    Cast Offs
    6 x 60'
    Producer Joel Wilson
    Starring
  • Mat Fraser
  • Peter Mitchell
  • Karuna Stamell
  • Sophie Woolley
  • Six disabled people are stranded on a desert island in this spoof reality show
    Eleven Films for Channel 4
    Producer Adam Tandy
    Director Arnando Iannucci
    Starring
  • Richard Ayoade
  • Adam Buxton
  • Matthew Holness
  • Arnando Iannucci
  • Comedy mockumentary
    BBC Productions for BBC2
    Producer David Tyler
    Director David Tyler

    Current affiairs comedy

    BBC Productions for BBC3
    Co-written & created by Armando Iannucci
    HBO
    Producer David Tyler

    Created by Armando Iannuci, broadcast each weeknight from Monday 28 April to Thursday 1 May 2003 on Channel 4 to coincide with the 2003 local elections.


    Channel 4

    Writer & Creator

    Producer Chris Sussman

    Created and written with Simon Blackwell for BBC in the UK and AMC in the US.

    BBC/AMC
    6 x 45'
    Cari
    6 x 30'
    Producer Kate Norrish/Polly Leys

    Comedy about a young woman who is convinced a murder has been committed and sets out to investigate. Co-created and written with Jon Brown for Hillbilly and Channel 4. 

    Hillbilly for Channel 4
    Producer Polly Leys and Kate Norrish
    Director Owen Harris
    Starring
  • Darren Boyd
  • Charles Edwards
  • Stephen Fry
  • Comedy about the infamous television debate between the Pythons and the Bishop of Southwark and Malcolm Muggeridge
    Hillbilly Television Ltd for BBC4
    Starring
  • Phil Cornwell
  • Kevin Eldon
  • Martin Freeman
  • Simon Greenall
  • Sitcom
    BBC2
    Producer Jon Plowman
    Starring
  • Tom Goodman-Hill
  • Sharon Horgan
  • Phil Nichol
  • Spoof news and current affairs series co-created with John Morton
    BBC2

    Director

    Producer Arnando Ianucci
    Writer Tony Roche
    Starring
  • Roger Allam
  • Peter Capaldi
  • Rebecca Front
  • Vincent Franklin
  • Fourth series of the award-winning comedy
    BBC Productions for BBC2

    Film

    Writer

    Film 4
    Hillbilly Films
    In development
    Director Armando Iannucci

    Untitled film being directed by Armando Iannucci. Developed with Plan B and New Regency. 

    Plan B/New Regency

    Feature film in development. Remake of the Mexican comedy Nosotros los Nobles.    

    Warner Brothers
    In The Loop
    OSCAR nominated: Best Adapted Screenplay
    Producer Adam Tandy
    Director Armando Iannucci
    Starring
  • Chris Addison
  • Peter Capaldi
  • Steve Coogan
  • James Gandolfini
  • Multi-award-winning comedy about US-UK diplomatic relations in the build up to a war
    BBC Films

    Creator & Writer & Director

    How To Tell When A Relationship Is Over
    Best Short at the Just For Laughs Montreal International Comedy Festival
    Producer Jim Spencer
    Starring
  • Julian Barratt
  • Susan Earl
  • Grant Gillespie
  • Comedy about the break-up of a relationship

    Radio

    Writer

    Starring
  • Alexander Armstrong
  • Rebecca Front
  • Ben Miller
  • Spoof magazine show

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    Starring
  • Peter Baynham
  • Armando Iannucci
  • Simon Pegg
  • Sue Perkins
  • Sketch writer
    Production Company Pozzitive
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    Starring
  • Rosie Cavaliero
  • Laura Solon
  • Sketch writer

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    Creator Armando Iannucci
    Producer David Tyler
    Starring
  • Armando Iannucci
  • Sketch writer

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4

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