Laughing at the Void

British political comedy of the 1990s and 2000s satirized a low-stakes world of media management and spin. What happened when it tackled the tragedy and atrocity of the war in Iraq?


Sharing many cast members as well as a certain sensibility with his satirical BBC series The Thick of It, Armando Iannucci’s 2009 film In the Loop imagines various Anglo-American state departments in the run-up to a war in the Middle East. Peter Capaldi reprises his television role as Malcolm Tucker, infamously based on New Labour […]

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