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  • 11 July 2014, 9:03

Armando Iannucci: British Politics Is Too Bland

Veep creator Armando Iannucci has said he does not plan to write about "bland" British politics again.

The British comedy writer was speaking at the launch of season three of his hit show about the US Vice President.

The Sky Atlantic programme has many similarities to Iannucci's award-winning political drama The Thick Of It - famous for Peter Capaldi's character, Malcolm Tucker's swearing and cutting one liners.

That show inspired the spin-off film, In The Loop, but Iannucci said he is not inclined to write any satire based on the current Coalition.

"There's a whole population now who feel rejected by politics," he told Sky's Adam Boulton in a Q&A session at the US ambassador's residence in Regents Park.

"It's a very confused, bland choice you're getting."

Iannucci, 50, has been described as a Liberal Democrat leaning towards Labour, which he agreed with, but added: "I just wish Ed Miliband would say something."

Despite his outspoken views about the British political situation, the writer refused to be drawn on whether he will vote for or against Scottish independence.

Although he hails from Glasgow, Iannucci said the last thing the Scots would want is someone who doesn't live in Scotland talking about the independence debate.

On Thursday Veep was nominated for nine Emmy awards, including in three of the comedy acting categories.

Iannucci confirmed that the series will run for a fourth series but is unsure about its future and whether Selina Meyer, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus,will ever make it to the Oval Office.

He said she thought she would make an "ok" president but wouldn't be a Roosevelt or a JFK - maybe a George Bush Snr.

:: Series three of Veep starts on Wednesday July 16 at 9.35pm Sky Atlantic HD.

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