Present day London: socially inept, exceptionally dull Minister Of International Development Simon Foster has caused outrage amongst his superiors and sparked a media frenzy by accidentally mentioning a possible attack on the Middle East. Rabid, ruthless, profane and relentless Director Of Communications Malcolm Tucker has been sent in to pull the right strings, immediately dispatching Foster on a "fact finding" trip to Washington. Increasingly out of his depth, Simon Foster suddenly finds himself thrown into an anarchic world of abusive peaceniks, unhinged warmongers, infantile bureaucrats and bickering, bullying interns. From the back gardens of Northampton to Washington's West Wing, rest assured it can only get worse. Directed by Armando Iannucci, the writer/producer of such comedy classics as The Day Today, I'm Alan Partridge and The Thick Of It, IN THE LOOP is an absolutely hilarious, instantly quotable modern satire on military madness and the pursuit of power.