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Ian Martin

Ian Martin (born 1953) is a British comedy writer. Ian is a writer for the BAFTA-winning BBC series The Thick Of It. He was famously hired as ‘swearing consultant’ in 2005 by the show’s creator, Armando Iannucci, for Series 1 of the political satire and went on to become a full member of the writing team.

Ian Martin is also a writer and supervising producer for the WGA Award winning HBO series Veep, having written on all seasons and having acted the role of Dave Wickford in Season 2. In 2014 Armando Ianucci described Ian Martin in the Washington Post as being “very good about making the language of political debate suddenly become nonsensical.”

Ian Martin edits the satirical website MARTIAN FM, he is a weekly columnist for the Architects' Journal and regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper.

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

Other credits include writing additional material for the 2009 Oscar-nominated film In the Loop (film), the 2007 Armando Iannucci-created series Time Trumpet and several series of the radio show Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive.

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

Martin was born in London. He has lived in Lancaster since 1988. He is married with two children and three grandchildren.

Ian Martin could refer to one of three artists:

(1) An electro/industrial producer from The Hague, Holland. In 2009, he released two critically-acclaimed albums on cult labels Strange Life and Bunker.

(2) A soul musician from Toronto, Canada. For more information on this musician, see

(3) A forty-something music maker who, in his own words, “hasn’t quite made it and probably never will”. He works out of a bungalow in Marple Bridge, England. See also EMOG, The Oswalds, GIP, iWasGip, The Ur-Viles, and ctrl-alt-delete.

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