The new series of The Thick Of It is "in the can", creator Armando Iannucci has revealed.
The hit BBC political satire is returning to screens with a different Government to reflect the real-life changes in Westminster since series three in 2009.
Armando said: "We've just finished filming, it's all in the can. There's a new Government, it's in coalition, our previous cast are in opposition and we go backwards and forwards between the two.
"There's more of a story arc to it now, even though each episode is self-contained, and in the last three episodes everything comes together."
Meanwhile, the 48-year-old is also making waves in the US with his new political comedy Veep, starring former Seinfeld actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice President Selina Meyer.
Armando said of the good reviews: "When you're making it, all you can do is try and make sure you think it's funny and you're happy with it. Once it goes out [on air], it has a life of its own and how people react to it is their privilege. Obviously it's nice if it gets responses that you'd like to have!"
He added: "You don't need a politics degree or American citizenship to watch. It boils down to relationships - it's basically half a dozen people put under intense pressure.
"I was a big fan of the West Wing, and sometimes I wouldn't know what it was they were talking about, but all I needed to know was that Josh liked the idea, CJ didn't like the idea, and that Bartlett was angry about something. And then the drama kind of played itself out."
:: Veep starts on Sky Atlantic on Monday, June 25.