The programme was filmed in 1978 and was ready for broadcast by the end of that year, but an internal dispute within the BBC led to a postponement of over a year. While most people assume that it was written in response to Margaret Thatcher coming to power, it was in fact written over 18 months before this happened. See more
[McKenna has just sacked Yosser. Yosser says he is going to go it alone, but McKenna threatens that he will make sure that Yosser never works again
We'll see about that, McKenna. I'm gonna have more than one stinking shirt. I'm gonna have a suit for every day of the week. I'm gonna have a plane, McKenna.
And I'm gonna go to Lourdes, get cured, come home, divorce the missus and marry Rita Hayworth. God knows, there's nothing like hope.