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 is now on its fourth series. The third series of Veep received nine 2014 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Writing for a Comedy as well as winning the WGA award for Best Writing in a Comedy Series as well as being nominated by the PGA for Best Comedy TV series.  

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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TV

Writer

 

Fourth series of the award-winning Student Drama. 

Objective Productions for Channel 4
 
Creator Armando Iannucci
Producer Armando Iannucci
 

The fourth series of the award winning TV comedy about the Vice-President's office

HBO
 
Creator Armando Iannucci
Producer Armando Iannucci
Starring
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Anna Chlumsky
  • Tony Hale
  • Matt Walsh
  •  

    Third season of the award-winning political comedy 

    Received nine Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Writing for a Comedy

    HBO
     
    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
     
    Starring
  • Zawe Ashton
  • Kimberley Nixon
  • Charlotte Ritchie
  • Joe Thomas
  •  
    Third series of the award-winning student drama
    Objective Productions for Channel 4
     
    Veep: Series 2
    Winner: Best Comedy Series, Writers Guild Awards
    10 x 30'
    Director Christopher Morris
    Starring
  • Anna Chlumsky
  • Tony Hale
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Reid Scott
  •  
    Second series of the satirical show set in the Vice President's office
    HBO
     
    Producer Rhonda Smith
    Director David Kerr
    Starring
  • Zawe Ashton
  • Greg McHugh
  • Kimberley Nixon
  • Charlotte Ritchie
  •  
    Second series of the award-winning student drama
    Objective Productions for Channel 4
     
    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
     
    The Thick of It: Series 4
    Winner RTS Awards: Comedy Writing
    7 x 30'
    Producer Armando Ianucci
    Director Armando Ianucci
    Starring
  • Roger Allam
  • Peter Capaldi
  • Vincent Franklin
  • Rebecca Front
  •  
    Fourth series of the award-winning comedy
    BBC Productions for BBC2
     
    Creator Armando Ianucci
    Director Armando Ianucci
    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

    HBO
     
    Fresh Meat
    8 x 45'
    Creator Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong
    Producer Judy Counihan
    Starring
  • Zawe Ashton
  • Greg McHugh
  • Kimberley Nixon
  • Joe Thomas
  •  
    New comedy about freshers at university
    Objective Productions for Channel 4
     
    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 Armando Iannucci
    Starring
  • Chris Addison
  • Peter Capaldi
  • Rebecca Front
  •  

    Third series of the hit comedy

    BBC Productions for BBC2
     
    Producer Adam Tandy
    Director Armando Iannucci
    Starring
  • Chris Addison
  • Peter Capaldi
  • Paul Higgins
  •  
    BBC Productions for BBC 2
     
    The Thick Of It: Series 1
    BAFTA Winner: Best Sitcom
    6 x 30'
    Producer Adam Tandy
    Director Armando Iannucci
    Starring
  • Chris Addison
  • Peter Capaldi
  • Chris Langham
  • Joanna Scalon
  •  
    Debut series of the multi-award winning political satire
    BBC2 Productions for BBC 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
     

    Writer & Creator

    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
     

    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
     

    Creator & Writer

     
    Co-written & created by Armando Iannucci
    HBO
     
    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
     

    Film

    Writer

    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

    Sunday Format
    5 x 30'
    2000
    Starring
  • Alexander Armstrong
  • Rebecca Front
  • Ben Miller
  •  
    Spoof magazine show

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    The 99p Challenge
    6 x 30'
    1999
    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
     

    Book

    Other

    Writer

    Director

     
    Tony directed the online content for the Fresh Meat House website