Sir Humphrey Appleby receives his just reward when he's told by Sir Arnold Robinson that he is to be his successor as Cabinet Secretary. Jim Hacker has mixed feelings about the whole thing ... See full summary »

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Jeffrey - Chief Whip
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André Maranne ...
Maurice - European Commissioner
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Rex Robinson ...
Civil Servant at Christmas Party
Laura Calland ...
Civil Servant at Christmas Party
Martyn Read ...
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Sir Humphrey Appleby receives his just reward when he's told by Sir Arnold Robinson that he is to be his successor as Cabinet Secretary. Jim Hacker has mixed feelings about the whole thing and while he appreciates all of the advice he's received from Sir Humphrey over the years, they have also had their fair share of disagreements. When the Prime Minister suddenly announces his resignation, Hacker decides to take a run at the party leadership. His primary campaign issue is new regulations from Brussels on the content of sausages which point to the demise of the British banger. Written by garykmcd

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17 December 1984 (UK)  »

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This is quite possibly the only example in television history of an episode that is simulatenously a series finale, the middle of the overall combined story arc, and the backdoor pilot for the continuation of the evolution of the following series' dynamic. See more »

Goofs

A collection of newspapers is seen lying on a table bearing headlines about the prospect of Jim Hacker becoming prime minister. The banner for The Guardian is misspelled as "Gaurdian". However, this may not be a goof as the Guardian has been known for decades for its many typos. (In some circles, it is known as "the Guarniad.") See more »

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Annie Hacker: [Bernard is waiting at the Hackers' flat for the Minister to come home] He's obviously been held up. You can stamp some of these cards for me while you're waiting if you like.
Bernard Woolley: Oh, but aren't they to constituents?
Annie Hacker: Yes.
Bernard Woolley: Well, that's not government business, Mrs Hacker, that's political activity. I'm not allowed to help with the Minister's political activities.
Annie Hacker: Suppose they were all to journalists?
Bernard Woolley: Oh, that would be alright.
Annie Hacker: They're all to journalists.
Bernard Woolley: Fine. I suppose licking is an essential part ...
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References Jim'll Fix It (1975) See more »

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