Yes, Prime Minister (1986–1987)
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A Diplomatic Incident 

When the French hold out for primacy over a sub-Channel tunnel, P.M. Hacker uses the info that they planted a bomb in their own embassy to obtain more favorable terms.

Director:

Sydney Lotterby

Writers:

Antony Jay (by), Jonathan Lynn (by)

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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Paul Eddington ... James Hacker
Nigel Hawthorne ... Sir Humphrey Appleby
Derek Fowlds ... Bernard Woolley
Diana Hoddinott ... Annie Hacker
Christopher Benjamin ... French Ambassador
Nicholas Courtney ... Police Commissioner
Robert East ... Peter Gascoigne
Mansel David Mansel David ... Graham French
Alan Downer Alan Downer ... French President
Bill Bailey Bill Bailey ... US Vice-President
Raymond Brody Raymond Brody ... Arab Delegate
David King David King ... Soviet Ambassador
William Lawford William Lawford ... UNESCO Representative
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Storyline

PM Hacker is dissatisfied with the rate progress in negotiations with the French over the planned Channel Tunnel. He also realizes the French are taking advantage of the situation by trying to create a diplomatic incident thereby gaining an upper hand in negotiations. The first issue is a gift from the French for the Queen. The French are insisting on giving her a puppy, but Britain's strict quarantine laws mean that it will have to go into quarantine for 6 months. The French agree to change the gift only if concessions are made on Tunnel issues. Fortunately, the little matter of a bomb on the grounds of the French Embassy gives Hacker an unexpected boost. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1987 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The discussion between Sir Humphrey and Jim Hacker about the channel tunnel results in Hacker giving in to the French and the French border being in England, this is exactly the what has happened in fact,(fact imitating fiction). See more »

Quotes

[on the phone, discussing the arrangements for a state funeral]
Bernard Woolley: No, we can't have alphabetical seating in the Abbey. You'd have Iraq and Iran next to each other. Plus Israel and Jordan all sitting in the same pew. We'd be in danger of starting World War III. I know Ireland begins with an 'I' but no! Ireland doesn't make it any better; Ireland doesn't make anything any better.
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