Armando Iannucci, 2013
As George W Bush would tell you, second terms can be tricky, but Veep makes good on its first-season manifesto of scalpel-sharp satire that cuts deep into US politics. With characters now bedded in, the repartee is even more rapid-fire, revving up to screwball speed as vice-president Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) upscales her ambition and soon finds herself high and dry. While aides and lackeys continue their squabbling, new faces spark even more backstabbing. Louis-Dreyfus moves from ball-busting to panic-stricken to vulnerable with astonishing agility. Series mastermind Armando Iannucci sees through the mechanics of power like a modern-day Machiavelli and brings in fellow Brits Chris Morris and Chris Addison as directors to bolster this wildly successful satirical Special Relationship.