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25 February 1980 (UK) See more »
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. Full summary »
6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 22)

Paul Eddington ... James Hacker (22 episodes, 1980-1984)

Nigel Hawthorne ... Sir Humphrey Appleby (22 episodes, 1980-1984)

Derek Fowlds ... Bernard Woolley (22 episodes, 1980-1984)

Diana Hoddinott ... Annie Hacker (10 episodes, 1980-1984)

Series Directed by
Peter Whitmore (15 episodes, 1981-1984)
Sydney Lotterby (6 episodes, 1980)
Series Writing credits
Antony Jay (22 episodes, 1980-1984)
Jonathan Lynn (22 episodes, 1980-1984)

Series Produced by
Peter Whitmore .... producer (15 episodes, 1981-1984)
Sydney Lotterby .... producer (6 episodes, 1980)
Series Original Music by
Ronnie Hazlehurst (22 episodes, 1980-1984)
Series Film Editing by
Alistair McKay (4 episodes, 1981)
John Dunstan (2 episodes, 1982-1984)
Series Production Design by
Dacre Punt (4 episodes, 1981)
Gary Pritchard (4 episodes, 1982)
Tim Gleeson (3 episodes, 1980)
Tom Yardley-Jones (3 episodes, 1980)
Tony Burrough (3 episodes, 1981)
Andree Welstead Hornby (3 episodes, 1982)
Series Costume Design by
Jackie Southern (13 episodes, 1980-1981)
Judy Allen (7 episodes, 1982)
Series Makeup Department
Cheryl Wright .... makeup artist / makeup designer (8 episodes, 1981-1984)
Dorka Nieradzik .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1980)
Toni Chapman .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1982)
Series Production Management
Brian Jones .... production manager (15 episodes, 1981-1984)
Series Art Department
Bob Sutton .... properties buyer / property buyer (8 episodes, 1980-1982)
Series Sound Department
Alan Machin .... studio sound / sound: studio (9 episodes, 1980-1984)
Malcolm Johnson .... studio sound (7 episodes, 1982)
Richard Chamberlain .... studio sound (6 episodes, 1980)
Ron Blight .... film sound / sound: film (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Derek Slee .... studio lighting (7 episodes, 1981)
John Dixon .... studio lighting (7 episodes, 1982)
Peter Ware .... senior cameraman (6 episodes, 1980-1982)
Peter Winn .... studio lighting (6 episodes, 1980)
Reg Pope .... film cameraman (4 episodes, 1981-1982)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothea Wallace .... costume (1 episode, 1980)
Series Editorial Department
Joan Duncan .... vision mixer (13 episodes, 1980-1981)
Bill Morton .... vision mixer (6 episodes, 1980-1982)
Neil Pittaway .... video tape editor / editor: video tape / ... (4 episodes, 1980)
Graham Sisson .... video tape editor (3 episodes, 1981)
Ron Bowman .... video tape editor (2 episodes, 1980)
Steve Murray .... video tape editor (2 episodes, 1981)
Sam Upton .... video tape editor (2 episodes, 1981)
Chris Wadsworth .... video tape editor (2 episodes, 1982)
Ian Williams .... editor: video tape / videotape editor (2 episodes, 1982)
Series Other crew
Gerald Scarfe .... title sequence (22 episodes, 1980-1984)
Lesley Langan .... production assistant (8 episodes, 1981-1982)
Brian Jones .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1980)
Lydia Frankenburg .... assistant floor manager (7 episodes, 1982)
Jackie Foote .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1980)
Judy Loe .... producer's assistant (6 episodes, 1980)

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30 min (21 episodes) | 60 min (1 episode)
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Did You Know?

When Sir Arnold is at lunch with Sir Humphrey, he (Sir Arnold) always has a melon starter.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Sir Humphrey Appleby:It's always a victory of the heartless over the mindless.See more »
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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
"We Are Very Amused", 16 October 2002
Author: J. Wellington Peevis from Malltown

Attention Monty Python fans, this series if you've never seen it, will make you feel as if you've uncovered a hidden cache of British Comedy Treasure. Absolutely brilliant early 80s sitcom that chronicles the subsurface machinations of high level government. Eddington plays a cabinet minister who is the perfect embodiment of the modern politician. High in ideals, but forever made human by ambition, partisan backbiting, concession making and opinion poll obsession. His antagonist is the Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey, played by Hawthorne, who IS Machiavelli in 20th century apparel. Fowlds plays the foil and serves mostly as the tennis net to the two men, and their conflicting goals. The writing just cant be praised enough, and in true British fashion, derives most of the laughs when it dissects, and deftly rearranges the English language. Eddington is incredible as the bumbling minister. I've heard John Cleese say that what makes good comedy is not necessarily the joke, or situation, but how the fingered character reacts to his circumstance. This show illustrates the concept expertly. Eddington produces genuine belly laughs simply from facial contortions and incoherent ejaculations. Think how often that doesn't work and how rarely its even attempted any longer. Hawthorne is good but not as, he sometimes flails with the material and completely hams the comedy. His character is at its best when it deadpans irony. There's a zillion of these shows and in my viewing thus far, I've barely scratched the surface. Yet each I've seen is phenomenal.

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