Yes, Prime Minister (1986–1987)

Man Overboard 

The Employment Secretary wants to move army regiments to north England to save money, so Sir Humphrey leads P.M. Hacker to believe the Employment Secretary is after the P.M.'s job.


Sydney Lotterby


Antony Jay (by), Jonathan Lynn (by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Paul Eddington ... James Hacker
Nigel Hawthorne ... Sir Humphrey Appleby
Derek Fowlds ... Bernard Woolley
John Nettleton ... Sir Arnold Robinson
Michael Byrne ... Stanley Dudley, Employment Secretary
Frederick Treves ... Guy Howard, Chief of Defence Staff
Peter Cartwright ... Geoffrey, Chief Whip
David Glover David Glover ... Cabinet Member
David Conville ... Cabinet Member
Philip Anthony Philip Anthony ... Cabinet Member
Philip Blaine Philip Blaine ... Cabinet Member
Geoffrey Cousins Geoffrey Cousins ... Cabinet Member
Hilary Field Hilary Field ... Cabinet Member


When the Employment Secretary proposes moving large numbers of military units to the North as a way of creating local employment the PM sees it as a win-win. Not only would it create jobs, but the cost of the move would easily be recouped by selling off the more expensive properties in the south of England. The Civil Service is aghast and it's left to Sir Humphrey to sort out the mess. In addition to presenting a report to the PM showing that there are few savings to be had in the move, he also suggests that the Employment Secretary may out to get Hackers job, which causes the PM to re-evaluate his support for the plan. Written by garykmcd

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3 December 1987 (UK) See more »

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Employment Secretary: Prime Minister, why was my request for a further discussion and your reply not minuted?
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Ah, Prime Minister... It is characteristic of all committee discussions and decisions that every member has a vivid recollection of them and that every member's recollection of them differs violently from every other member's recollection. Consequently we accept the convention that the official decisions are those and only those which have officially recorded in the minutes by the officials, from which it ...
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