Tony Roche

Comedy writer and writer for film and television

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Biography

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.

He co-created and wrote the current affairs comedy 7 Days with Andy Marlatt for BBC3 and Broken News for BBC2 with John Morton.

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 is co-executive producer and writer on Armando Iannucci's HBO comedy series, Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, which aired to critical acclaim in the US in April 2012 and premièred in the UK in late June 2012. The second series aired in the US in April 2013 and will air in the UK in October 2013.

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 and was acclaimed by the critics and was nominated for a Best Single Drama Bafta Award.  

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Television
Writer
Objective Productions for Channel 4
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Zawe Ashton, Kimberley Nixon, Charlotte Ritchie, Joe Thomas & Jack Whitehall

Third series of the award-winning student drama

Trying Again 2013
Avalon for Sky Living
In development
Producer Rob Aslett
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Chris Addison

New sitcom co-written with Simon Blackwell and Chris Addison about the aftermath of an affair

Veep: Series 3 2013
HBO
In development
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Third season of the award-winning political comedy

Veep: Series 2 10 x 30'
2013
HBO
Director Christopher Morris
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Reid Scott & Timothy Simons

Second series of the satirical show set in the Vice President's office

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Fresh Meat: Series 2 2 x 45'
2012
Objective Productions for Channel 4
Producer Rhonda Smith
Director David Kerr
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Zawe Ashton, Greg McHugh, Kimberley Nixon, Charlotte Ritchie & Joe Thomas

Second series of the award-winning student drama

The Cricklewood Greats 1 x 45'
2012
BBC Productions for BBC4
Creator Peter Capaldi
Producer Adam Tandy
Director Peter Capaldi
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Peter Capaldi, Terry Gilliam, Alex MacQueen, Lindsay Marshal & Marcia Warren

Spoof documentary about the 'history' of a long forgotten film studio in north London co-written with Peter Capaldi

BBC Productions for BBC2
Producer Armando Ianucci
Director Armando Ianucci
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Roger Allam, Peter Capaldi, Vincent Franklin, Rebecca Front & Rebecca Gethings

Fourth series of the award-winning comedy

Veep: Series 1 13 x 60'
2012
HBO
Creator Armando Ianucci
Director Armando Ianucci
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Reid Scott

Political comedy set in the vice president's office, Tony is writing and exec-producing

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Fresh Meat 8 x 45'
2011
Objective Productions for Channel 4
Creator Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong
Producer Judy Counihan
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Zawe Ashton, Greg McHugh, Kimberley Nixon, Joe Thomas & Jack

New comedy about freshers at university

Miranda: Series 2 1 x 30'
2010
BBC Productions for BBC2
Producer Emma Stain
Director Juliet May
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Miranda Hart & Patricia Hodge

Second series of the popular comedy

Cast Offs 6 x 60'
2009
Eleven Films for Channel 4
Producer Joel Wilson
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Mat Fraser, Peter Mitchell , Karuna Stamell , Sophie Woolley & Victoria Wright

Six disabled people are stranded on a desert island in this spoof reality show

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The Thick Of It: Series 3 8 x 30'
2009
BBC Productions for BBC2
Producer Adam Tandy
Director Armando Iannucci
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Chris Addison , Peter Capaldi, Rebecca Front & Joanna Scanlan

Third series of the hit comedy

BBC Productions for BBC 2
Producer Adam Tandy
Director Armando Iannucci
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Chris Addison, Peter Capaldi, Paul Higgins & James Smith

 
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BBC2 Productions for BBC 4
Producer Adam Tandy
Director Armando Iannucci
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Chris Addison, Peter Capaldi, Chris Langham, Joanna Scalon & James Smith

Debut series of the multi-award winning political satire

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Time Trumpet 1 x 30'
2006
BBC Productions for BBC2
Producer Adam Tandy
Director Arnando Iannucci
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Richard Ayoade, Adam Buxton, Matthew Holness, Arnando Iannucci & Kate O'Sullivan

Comedy mockumentary

The Comic Side of 7 Days 2005
BBC Productions for BBC3
Producer David Tyler
Director David Tyler
Writer Tony Roche

Current affiairs comedy

Director
BBC Productions for BBC2
Producer Arnando Ianucci
Director Tony Roche
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Roger Allam, Peter Capaldi, Rebecca Front, Vincent Franklin & Rebecca Gethings

Fourth series of the award-winning comedy

Creator and Writer
Holy Flying Circus 1 x 90'
2011
Hillbilly Television Ltd for BBC4
Creator Tony Roche
Producer Polly Leys and Kate Norrish
Director Owen Harris
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Darren Boyd, Charles Edwards, Stephen Fry, Mark Heap & Steve Punt

Comedy about the infamous television debate between the Pythons and the Bishop of Southwark and Malcolm Muggeridge

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Couldn't Be Better 2010
HBO
Creator Tony Roche
Writer Tony Roche

Co-written & created by Armando Iannucci

Broken News 6 x 30'
2005
BBC2
Creator Tony Roche
Producer Jon Plowman
Director John Morton
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Tom Goodman-Hill , Sharon Horgan, Phil Nichol & Indira Varma

Spoof news and current affairs series co-created with John Morton

World Of Pub 6 x 30'
2001
BBC2
Creator Tony Roche
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Phil Cornwell , Kevin Eldon , Martin Freeman , Simon Greenall & Peter Serafinowicz

Sitcom

Film
Writer
In The Loop Feature
2009
BBC Films
Producer Adam Tandy
Director Armando Iannucci
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Chris Addison, Peter Capaldi, Steve Coogan, James Gandolfini & Gina McKee

Multi-award-winning comedy about US-UK diplomatic relations in the build up to a war

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Creator, Writer and Director

 
Creator Tony Roche
Producer Jim Spencer
Director Tony Roche
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Julian Barratt , Susan Earl & Grant Gillespie

Comedy about the break-up of a relationship

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Radio
Writer
Laura Solon's Talking Not Talking 18 x 30' 2007 to 2009
BBC Radio 4
 
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Rosie Cavaliero, Ben Moor, Laura Solon & Ben Willibond

Sketch writer

 
Armando Iannuci's Charm Offensive 24 x 30' 2006 to 2008
BBC Radio 4
 
Creator Armando Iannucci
Producer David Tyler
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Armando Iannucci

Sketch writer

 
Sunday Format 5 x 30' 2000
BBC Radio 4
 
Creator John Morton
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Alexander Armstrong, Rebecca Front, Emma Kennedy & Ben Miller

Spoof magazine show

 
The 99p Challenge 6 x 30' 1999
Pozzitive for BBC Radio 4
 
Writer Tony Roche
Starring Peter Baynham, Armando Iannucci, Simon Pegg & Sue Perkins

Sketch writer

 
Books
The Thick of It Book

The Thick of It: The Missing DoSAC Files
2010

Other
Director
Fresh Meat House: Online Project 2012

Tony directed the online content for the Fresh Meat House website