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A Question of Loyalty 

The Minister and Sir Humphrey must appear before a Select Committee looking into government waste. Sir Humphrey suggests a number of ways the Minister can elude difficult questions but ... See full summary »

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The Minister and Sir Humphrey must appear before a Select Committee looking into government waste. Sir Humphrey suggests a number of ways the Minister can elude difficult questions but Hacker is blindsided by an MP who has in her possession the draft of a book by a former civil servant outlining huge waste in his Department. When Hacker is called to a meeting at 10 Downing St., he realizes there is only one solution, much to Sir Humphrey's dismay. Written by garykmcd

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6 April 1981 (UK)  »

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Sir Humphrey Appleby: Well, Bernard, have you enjoyed having your Minister away for a week?
Bernard Woolley: Not very much. Makes things very difficult.
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Ah, Bernard! A Minister's absence is a godsend! You can do the job properly for once. No silly questions, no bright ideas, no fussing about the papers. I think our Minister doesn't believe he exists unless he's in the papers. I'll bet the first thing he says is, "Any reports on my Washington speech?"
Bernard Woolley: How much?
Sir Humphrey Appleby: A pound.
Bernard Woolley: Done. He won't because he's already asked. In the car on the way...
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Sir Humphry outdoes himself with outrage
20 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just watched A Question of Loyalty. This episode starts off slow but gets better and better as sir Humphrey is at his most delightfully apoplectic and outraged. His facial expressions are always priceless, changing in a flash to perfectly express his shifting reactions and inner states. But here he outdoes himself as he tries to maintain his monumental verbal poise, and suppress his vehement emotions when the tables are turned on him to challenge his confident assumption of power over his minister. MInister Hacker is a riot as his face shows how his anxiety over how he is perceived starts to overwhelm him in the face of a threatening criticism by an obnoxious questioner in a committee hearing, and challenging interrogation at number 10---until he can somehow find the strength to fight back. True comedy acting and writing virtuosity all round.


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