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Sir Arnold Robinson (Character)
from "Yes Minister" (1980)

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"Yes, Prime Minister: One of Us (#1.8)" (1986)
[Could Sir Humphrey be a Russian spy?]
Sir Humphrey Appleby: So, what do you think I should do, Arnold?
Sir Arnold Robinson: Difficult. Depends a bit on whether you actually *were* spying or not.

Sir Humphrey: Arnold, are you suggesting that I should have the Prime Minister crawling all over Salisbury Plain, with a mine detector in one hand and a packet of Winalot in the other?
Sir Arnold Robinson: It would probably do Britain less harm than anything else he is likely to be doing.


"Yes Minister: The Devil You Know (#2.5)" (1981)
Sir Arnold Robinson: Then we might be able to move Corbett to Employment.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Oh. Why? Is Fred definitely going?
Sir Arnold Robinson: Yes. He keeps falling asleep in Cabinet.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: I thought they all did.
Sir Arnold Robinson: Yes, but not while they are actually talking...

[repeated line]
Sir Humphrey Appleby, Bernard Woolley, Annie Hacker, Sir Arnold Robinson, George - Jim's Driver: [referring to the Minister] You've done all right.


"Yes, Prime Minister: A Real Partnership (#1.5)" (1986)
Sir Humphrey Appleby: It was very painful for me not to be able to support Frank's case.
Sir Arnold Robinson: Deeply distressing.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: But clearly he was going to lose.
Sir Arnold Robinson: Quite.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: And that Wainwright female gave the Prime Minister a list of questions plus the suggestion that they stop us handling our own pay claims and let a Select Committee of parliament decide on them!
Sir Arnold Robinson: Appalling! Next thing you'd have is politicians removing civil servants on the grounds of incompetence! The thin end of the wedge.

Sir Arnold Robinson: Should I talk to Frank about this, too?
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Em... oh, no, Arnold. Leave it to me. Not at the moment. Frank's got a lot of problems coming up.
Sir Arnold Robinson: Really? He hasn't mentioned them.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Probably because he doesn't know about them yet.


"Yes Minister: The Bed of Nails (#3.5)" (1982)
Sir Mark Spencer: [intending to dupe Hacker into taking a thankless job] But Sir Humphrey Appleby is bound to tell Hacker he'd be crazy to take it on.
Sir Arnold Robinson: Yes. "Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes", I can hear him say. "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts", roughly translated. Though Humphrey would have put it in English for Hacker's benefit. Hacker went to the LSE, you know.
Sir Mark Spencer: So did I.
Sir Arnold Robinson: Oh, I *am* sorry.

Sir Arnold Robinson: [Discussing bringing in a National Intergrated Transport System] It calls for a particular combination of talents. Lots of activity but no actual achievement.
Sir Mark Spencer: I see. Then Hacker is the man!


"Yes Minister: Party Games (#3.8)" (1984)
Sir Humphrey Appleby: How are things at the Campaign for the Freedom of Information, by the way?
Sir Arnold Robinson: Sorry, I can't talk about that.