Veep, TV review: Armando Iannucci's show is still the funniest thing on TV - on either side of the ocean
The comedy began its third series tonight, with Louis-Dreyfus's Vice-President Selina Meyer planning her own run for the White House
Armando Iannucci's Veep (Sky Atlantic) began its third series tonight. The show has infiltrated American politics to the extent that its star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, sat down with Nancy Pelosi for a joint interview in The New York Times when the HBO series began in the US in April.
Some going for a show almost entirely written by Brits. It helps that Veep is probably the funniest thing on television at the moment – on either side of the ocean.
Series two ended with the news that the President (always POTUS) wasn't going to run for a second term, allowing Louis-Dreyfus's Vice-President Selina Meyer to plan her own run for the White House.
Here, we caught up with her as she was making the inevitable pre-announcement manoeuvrings: touring a manifesto book with a wishy-washy title – Some New Beginnings: Our Next American Journey and having to glad-hand caucus voters in the important primary state of Ohio.
Louis-Dreyfus was in her prime here, mock-interestedly chit-chatting with the public, and in Meyer she's got a role that, along with Seinfeld's Elaine Benes, confirms her as the greatest comic actress of her generation. She's really that good.
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But as ever with the pen of Iannucci and pals, it's the dialogue that's the star. Early favourites worthy of The Book of Tucker included White House Chief of Staff played by Kevin Denn yelling: "Get out the way or I'll f***ing inhale you" and a networking opportunity at a funeral being described as a "meet and grieve". God bless Armando.
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