In the Loop script
In the Loop (2009)
Synopsis: In the Loop is a 2009 British satirical black comedy film directed by Armando Iannucci. The film is a spin-off from the BBC Television series The Thick of It and satirizes Anglo-American politics in the 21st century and especially the invasion of Iraq. It was nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film stars Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Gina McKee, Chris Addison, David Rasche, and James Gandolfini.

5 INT. MALCOLM'S OFFICE - MORNING 5

Malcolm and Sam still listening to Simon’s interview.

SIMON (V.O.)

..really kick the diarrhoea ball into

touch. Then, hopefully, that will

strike another blow in the war against

preventable diseases.

INTERVIEWER (V.O.)

You mention the word war there...

MALCOLM:

Steady Eddie!

SIMON (V.O.)

(oh shit)

...against preventable diseases, yes.

INTERVIEWER (V.O.)

All the evidence now points to a US

military intervention in the Middle

East. Is that your view?

MALCOLM:

Straight bat, Simon. C’mon. Pump him

full of drivel.

SIMON (V.O.)

Well it really isn’t for me, Eddie, to

announce the Prime Minister’s

position on any...

MALCOLM:

Bat it away! You're English, cricket's

your thing! Cricket and incest, come

on!

INTERVIEWER (V.O.)

But a personal opinion -- as a man who

deals with the fallout from foreign

policy on a daily basis?

SIMON (V.O.)

Well, personally, I think that war is

unforeseeable.

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IN THE LOOP SHOOTING SCRIPT @ 11/6/08

5 CONTINUED:

5

MALCOLM:

No. You don’t. You were given the

briefing note on this, you useless

cock-bun

INTERVIEWER (V.O.)

Unforeseeable?

SIMON (V.O.)

(shit again)

Yes.

MALCOLM:

(getting up, calling on

his mobile)

Sam, I'm away to International

Development to pull Simon Foster’s

hair.

(on phone)

Yeah. He did not say that. Okay? No,

you may have heard him say that, but

he didn’t actually say that...and

that’s a fact.

And he’s gone.

6

EXT/INT. DFID - MORNING/INT. MICHAEL’S FO OFFICE -6

MORNING:

Toby is walking towards DFID. As he nears the building

he finds himself next to Malcolm, who is heading in

too. Toby is on the phone.

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Jesse Armstrong

Jesse Armstrong is a British comedy writer, best known for the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show and the BBC political satire The Thick of It. He is from Oswestry in Shropshire, and attended a comprehensive school there before reading American Studies at the University of Manchester, where he met his writing partner Sam Bain. Before going into comedy writing in the late 1990s, Armstrong worked as a researcher for the Labour MP Doug Henderson. more…

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