Ian Martin (born 1953) is an English comedy writer.[1] Martin was a writer for the BAFTA-winning BBC series The Thick of It.[2] He was famously hired as "swearing consultant"[3][4][5] in 2005 by the show's creator, Armando Iannucci,[6] for Series 1 of the political satire and went on to become a full member of the writing team.[7] He won an Emmy for his writing across five series of Veep and was BAFTA nominated for co-writing The Death of Stalin.[8][9]

Early life

Martin was born in London and has lived in Lancaster since 1988.[citation needed]


Ian Martin edits the satirical website martian.fm.[10] He is a weekly columnist for the Architects' Journal[11] and a regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper.[12] Other credits include writing additional material for the 2009 Oscar-nominated film In the Loop, the 2007 Armando Iannucci-created series Time Trumpet[13] and several series of the radio show Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive.

He is the author of The Coalition Chronicles (2011),[14] a satirical and scatalogical account of a year in the parliamentary life of the Coalition government.[14] He was a leading contributor to The Missing DoSAC Files (2010).[15]

On 9 June 2014, Ian Martin gave a lecture at the Royal Academy in an evening event hosted by writer and broadcaster Patrick Wright as part of the 2014 Festival of Architecture.[7]

Martin was a writer and supervising producer for the HBO series Veep,[16][17][18] having written on five seasons[19][20][21] and having acted the role of Dave Wickford in Season 2.[22] In 2014 Armando Iannucci described Ian Martin in The Washington Post as being “very good at making the language of political debate suddenly become nonsensical.”[23]

Martin's radio play The Hartlepool Spy, concerning the Hartlepool monkey, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Christmas Day 2018, with a cast including Michael Palin, Vic Reeves, Toby Jones, Gina McKee and Monica Dolan.[24]

Personal life

Martin is married with two children and four grandchildren, at least two of whom live in Seoul.[25][citation needed]

In August 2015, Martin endorsed Jeremy Corbyn's campaign in the Labour Party leadership election. He wrote in The Guardian: "To win over public opinion, Labour must reflect it. Is that right? I think that's right. I think that's why they're all doing this synchronised frowning at poor repellent-ebullient Jeremy Corbyn and pretending he's a weirdo."[26]


  1. ^ "Ian Martin". Casarotto.co.uk. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  2. ^ "The Thick of It". BBC Two. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  3. ^ Parker, Ian (26 March 2012). "Armando Iannucci, Writer of "Veep" on HBO". The New Yorker. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  4. ^ "The Work of TV's Greatest Swearer Now on Hulu in 'The Thick of It'". The Daily Beast. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  5. ^ "The Astonishing (And Very Sweary) Lineage of 'Veep' | Anglophenia". BBC America. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  6. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Iannucci, Armando (1963–) Biography". www.screenonline.org.uk.
  7. ^ a b "Ian Martin". Royal Academy. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  8. ^ "The Death of Stalin". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  9. ^ "BAFTA Awards Search | BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Home". martian.fm.
  11. ^ "Ian Martin's stories". Architects' Journal. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Ian Martin". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Time Trumpet – Credits". www.timetrumpet.co.uk. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016.
  14. ^ a b Martin, Ian (2011). The Coalition Chronicles. Faber & Faber. ISBN 9780571276929. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  15. ^ Iannucci, Armando; Armstrong, Jesse; Blackwell, Simon; Martin, Ian; Roche, Tony (2010). The Thick of It: The Missing DoSAC Files. Faber & Faber. ISBN 9780571272549. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  16. ^ "HBO: Veep: About". HBO.
  17. ^ Franklin, Oliver (25 June 2012). "The writers of Veep on US Politics, swearing and The Thick Of It – TV – GQ.COM (UK)". Gq-magazine.co.uk. Archived from the original on 15 April 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  18. ^ Martin, Denise (16 May 2014). "Veep's Timothy Simons on Jonah's Near Victory". Vulture. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  19. ^ Tony Sokol (20 April 2014). "Veep: Alicia, review". Denofgeek.us.
  20. ^ "Veep, Ep 2.05: "Helsinki" explores how D.C. operates in Meyer's absence, while putting the Vice-President in a number of delicate situations". Sound On Sight. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  21. ^ Parker, James (20 April 2012). "What's It Like Having Power? How Would I Know?". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  22. ^ "Ian Martin (V)". imdb.com. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  23. ^ Rosenberg, Alyssa (4 April 2014). "How 'Veep' conquered Washington". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  24. ^ "The Hartlepool Spy". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  25. ^ Martin, Ian (26 April 2020). "Lockdown diary: 'I now end every argument with the words: People are DYING'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  26. ^ Martin, Ian (4 August 2015). "Public opinion doesn't matter in the Labour leadership election. I'm following my conscience and Jeremy Corbyn". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 July 2017.