Life beyond the White House
Veep After the US presidential election, season six of Veep, among the most scathing comedies on TV, is shaping up as a melancholy yet happy accident. Having been unceremoniously dumped after just one year in the White House — and for another female candidate at that — Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is at a loose end, worrying about her legacy while also mulling another run at the office and scheming for a presidential library of her own. Her devoted assistant Gary (Tony Hale) is still hovering over her shoulder with hand cream and unwanted advice, though her other staff and advisers have scattered to the four winds (the majority of the cast seems to have returned, with special guest Stephen Fry popping up as an opposition leader in Georgia — the country, not the state).
Each character has a memorable introduction to their own, outlandish post-Meyer purgatories that include gubernatorial races, the Uber boardroom, TV news presenting and inept parenthood. But this being dysfunctional, insidethe-beltway US politics, it’s only a matter of time before they gravitate back like stressed-out moths to a flickering flame, towards their constantly fearful leader. Though creator Armando Iannucci is no longer involved with the show, the stable of writers and directors from season five has preserved what makes Veep unmissable: it remains, defiantly and exuberantly, as outrageously obscene and proudly off-colour as when it began. Tellingly, there are no references to actual politicians or real-world events. This is an almost hermetically sealed universe of dysfunction, greed and self-serving political skulduggery that, up until very recently, stood far removed from what’s apparently actually going on in Washington. Wednesday, 8.30pm, Showcase
returns with Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, a former US vice-president facing an uncertain future