The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms - or so he thinks.
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 James Hacker (22 episodes, 1980-1984)
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 Sir Humphrey Appleby (22 episodes, 1980-1984)
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 Bernard Woolley (22 episodes, 1980-1984)
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 Annie Hacker (10 episodes, 1980-1984)
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James Hacker is the British Minister for Administrative Affairs. He tries to do something and cut government waste, but he is continually held back by the smart and wily Permanent Secretary of the Department, Sir Humphrey Appleby. Private secretary Bernard Woolley is caught in the middle, between his political master, and his civil service boss. Written by Tony Lammens <lammens@connexus.apana.org.au>

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25 February 1980 (UK)  »

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Trivia

John Savident and Milton Johns both play minor characters in this series, and both would go on to play characters who own shops on Coronation Street (1960). See more »

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During the train sequence in "The Official Visit", a close-up shows that the warning notice on the wall is written in gibberish. See more »

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Sir Humphrey Appleby: [Talking about Government reports] it could be argued that the Sermon on the Mount, were it a government report, would never have been published.
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Sir Humphrey Appleby: All that nonsense about the meek inheriting the Earth.
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Sir Humphrey Appleby: It could do irreparable damage to the defence budget!
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Amazing acting and excellent writing
25 June 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love the way the writers, Anthony Jay and Jonathon Lynn, wrote the characters of Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey Appleby. Jim is shown to be a weak, indecisive politician eager to change his mind to keep the voters happy, yet the audience love him. Humphrey is shown as a dominating, power-mad, scheming civil servant and yet the audience love him too! It's wonderful. And of course poor Bernard who is stuck in the middle, always a little unsure as to where his loyalties lie. As well as the excellent writing, the programmes wouldn't work without the wonderful talent of Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds. After watching just one or two episodes one thinks that the actors were born to play their parts! A must for future politicians!


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