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This year’s Edinburgh Television Festival will see Armando Iannucci deliver the prestigious James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture – seen as the event’s keynote speech.
Iannucci, who along with creating the Emmy-winning Veep has received multiple BAFTAs for The Thick of It and an Oscar nomination for its feature film spinoff In the Loop, joins a long line of speakers for the lecture that includes Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch, Greg Dyke, Eric Schmidt and Kevin Spacey.
“In the current climate, where no one knows what the hell is going to happen to TV schedules, revenues, watching habits, funding, quality control, the BBC, investment, license fees, charters and government interference, I’m terribly excited to be asked to join the debate in this, perhaps our most spectacularly clueless year,” said Iannucci, whose speech will come at the event’s 40th anniversary.
“Nobody knows anything, and in my MacTaggart lecture, I’m sure that will become abundantly clear. I’ll do my very best, though, to show why TV still matters.”
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William Jackson Harper