Yes, Prime Minister (1986–1987)
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The Smoke Screen 

Sir Humphrey opposes P.M. Hacker's plan to cut taxes, so Hacker steers the Minister for Health into campaigning against smoking as a diversion.

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
John Barron ... Sir Ian Whitworth - DHSS Secretary
Clive Merrison ... Dr. Peter Thorn - Minister of State at the DHSS
Peter Cellier ... Sir Frank Gordon, Permanent Secretary of the Treasury
Bill Wallis Bill Wallis ... Leslie Potts - Minister for Sport
Brian Hawksley Brian Hawksley ... Gerald - Chairman British Tobacco Group
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Storyline

Sir Humphrey opposes P.M. Hacker's plan to cut taxes, so Hacker steers the Minister for Health into campaigning against smoking as a diversion.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1986 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The anti-smoking policy proposed to the horror of The Prime Minister and the derisory laughter of the studio audience at the time is almost exactly what is now UK law. See more »

Goofs

Sir Humphrey refers to the "British Navy". He should, of course, have called it the "Royal Navy". See more »

Quotes

Sir Humphrey Appleby: All the hospitality that we've enjoyed at BTG's expense. Champagne receptions, buffet lunches, the best seats at sporting and cultural events.
Jim Hacker: What's the problem?
Sir Humphrey Appleby: The tobacco companies may release this embarrassing information to the press.
Jim Hacker: It's not embarrassing. I've had drinks at the Soviet embassy. That doesn't make me a Russian spy.
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3 October 2017 | by ecopolstSee all my reviews

Yes (Prime)Minister is the best political series ever on TV. "The smoke screen" is one of its best episodes combining great writing, great acting and great political insight. It could be used as a text book example for comedy as well as political science. As political drama and/or comedy goes it just doesn't get better.


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