Cast: Addison Chris; Capaldi Peter; Cilenti Enzo; Contreras Christian; Coogan Steve; Cregan Scot; Doherty James; Gandolfini James; Hadden-Paton Harry; Higgins Paul; Hild Jim; Hollander Tom; Koltes Michael; Livingston Rico Elijah; MacQueen Alex; Pemberton Johnny; Pentecost Del; Rasche David; Sasser Reid; Smith James; Smith Will; Snowden John; Sotto Al; Strange Patrick Michael; Warman John; Whatley Don; Woods Zach; Akudolu Chizzy; Brookes Joanna; Cannon Stephanie; Carden Jen; Chlumsky Anna; Chung Chipo; Harrington Samantha; Kennedy Mimi; Matheson Eve; May Rita; McKee Gina; Mun Julie; Poulet Olivia; Raikes Lucinda; Sattler Natasha; Scanlan Joanna; Fawcett Simon; Hank Daniel; Jalfon Paula; Langan Christine; Loader Kevin; Romero Rosa; Tandy Adam; Thompson David M.; Armstrong Jesse; Blackwell Simon; Iannucci Armando; Manning Harold; Martin Ian; Roche Tony; Cairney Jamie; Ilhan Adem; Little Ros; Boys Anthony; Sneddon Billy; Ackerman Spencer; Akram Razwana; Atlee Geraldine; Bagshaw Lorraine; Blake Skip; Burn Patrick; Caird Ben; Calder Neil; Carabeo Joe; Castella Daniel; Chilcoat Brian M.; Clarke Emma; Cohen Tonia; Collins Annie; Conway Kate; Crooks Leonard; Crosby Kyle; Cullum Chris; Curran Sara; Curtis Matt; Davis Maxine; Downs Joe; Ebrahimzadeh Maboud; Evans Will; Fidduch Mike; Gendzier Nathan; Goldberg Simon; Gray Sean; Harvey Jonathan; Hoover Hannah; Howard Tom; Joberns Steve; Kelly Mark; Khouri James; Longmire Aerial; Lubin Greg; Mairs Nicola; Mancini Tessa; Milligan Gavin; Morham Fiona; Partovi Lewis; Phillips Browne Lucie; Phillips Chrissy; Pudney Alex; Pyne Amanda; Rees Edd; Roffey Rebecca; Sassine Jean; Schaftel Noah; Schumm Janice; Sickle Mark; Sixsmith Martin; Smith Claire; Smith Karen; Street Jane; Suen Yu-Fai; Swanwick Helen; Tsingou Dimitra; Vizard Matthew; Vogel David; von Moser Tanya; Ward-Holmes Brigitte; Williams Lisa; Wood Michael; Yang Ethan; Yudkin Josh; Casali Cristina
Taglines: The fate of the world is on the line.
Things Are About To Spin Out Of Control
Storyline: The US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war is a good thing. The US General Miller doesn’t think so and neither does the British Secretary of State for International Development, Simon Foster. But, after Simon accidentally backs military action on TV, he suddenly has a lot of friends in Washington, DC. If Simon can get in with the right DC people, if his entourage of one can sleep with the right intern, and if they can both stop the Prime Minister’s chief spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker rigging the vote at the UN, they can halt the war. If they don’t… well, they can always sack their Director of Communications Judy, who they never liked anyway and who’s back home dealing with voters with blocked drains and a man who’s angry about a collapsing wall.
The British Prime Minister and the US President infer that they want to embark on a war in the Middle East. Simon Foster, the British Minister for International Development, states off the cuff in a radio interview that “war is unforeseeable”. He later tries to recant this statement to a hoard of news reporters with another statement: “to walk the road of peace, sometimes we need to be ready to climb the mountain of conflict”. Both these remarks start a series of manoeuvrings on both sides of the Atlantic by both the pro- and anti-war factions in both governments. On the British side, Malcolm Tucker, the foul-mouthed communications manager, sends Foster back to deal with the mundane details of constituent complaints, a process at which he is equally inept. On the US side, US Assistant Secretary for Diplomacy Karen Clarke and US Lieutenant General George Miller lead the anti-war faction, against chief warmonger Linton Barwick, the US Assistant Secretary for Policy. Each, with his/her entourage of staff, some of whom do not agree with their political master, will do whatever he or she needs to to achieve the desired end goal. This includes having fake meetings, having fake committees, spinning information, leaking information and documents, and doctoring documents. These manoeuvrings are most important in the lead up to the UN vote on the issue.