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Iannucci receives honorary degree

Armando Iannucci, the comedian behind TV shows The Thick Of It and I'm Alan Partridge, has received an honorary degree.

Armando said it was an "emotional" moment to be made a doctor of letters at Glasgow University.

The Glasgow-born writer, producer and director was awarded the degree at the historic institution in recognition of his writing and contribution to film-making.

He said: "It feels rather emotional actually because I grew up in the shadow of the university. I used to play here, I used to play hide and seek around here on Saturdays when it was really quiet and I was about 10-years-old.

"So, to be back and to be honoured like this is really quite moving."

The political satirist joined hundreds of new graduates in the university's cloisters after the ceremony.

Armando, who is also being made a doctor of letters at the university, is currently putting pen to paper for a TV series for US network HBO, set in the vice president's office of the White House.

"We're in the middle of writing at the moment and then we'll be making it in Washington at the end of the year to go out next year," he said.

He also confirmed there will be another series of political satire The Thick Of It in 2012.

He said: "We won't film it until next year. The cast are all terribly successful and the first time we can get them all together is next year."

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